When a quiet engineer named Steve Wozniak came onto the scene, he had something different in mind. Wozniak envisioned a personal computer, a machine that could be purchased and used by the average consumer, regardless of technological prowess or bank account size. Wozniak believed that if the computer technology were affordable and simple to use, then perhaps it would level the playing field, allowing the little man to take on big corporations, thus changing the way our world operates.
Today, nearly thirty five years later, websites like YouTube, Twitter, and Tumblr are doing just that. Programs like Garage Band and Photoshop are putting the power of creation in the hands of the little guy. Netflix and I-tunes are giving normal people the power of choice. Self publishing is making a huge dent in the book industry, entrepreneurship has never been more popular or possible, and it’s all thanks to the personal computer.
Today, nearly thirty five years later, Steve Wozniak’s company, Apple Inc, has led the way, and his dream is finally taking shape. He and his partner, Steve Jobs, were not just interested in making computers. They wanted to create a different future for the world and those of us who live in it.
Building a computer is not a dream. Building a computer is a goal.
Writing a book a not a vision. It’s what is in the book, and what the author hopes the book will accomplish in the hearts of it’s readers that is the vision.
A product by itself can never make an impact. It is what that product frees others to do that makes a difference.
A lot of artists and small companies say that they’re really into “dreaming big”. But when you look at a list of their “dreams”, they’re really nothing but a bunch of goals. Quality products, quality service, a huge body of work, these are goals. The dream is much, much bigger. The dream is how your project or product is going to affect the way others live in the world.
Today, nearly thirty-five years later, Wozniak’s partner, Steve Jobs, has passed away and Woz no longer works at Apple. Both of them may have moved on, but their dream of empowering the little man is still alive and making tidal waves of influence in the world.
The goal has a timeline, the dream is never ending.