Steve Jobs’ Greatest Accomplishment

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What was Steve Jobs’ greatest contribution in life? We own several Macbooks, three iPhones, an old iMac — these are the obvious things. The Jeubs definitely appreciate Steve Jobs and his relentless pursuit to make life enjoyable for others.

But his own words are striking. Biographer Walter Isaacson, who spent the last days with Steve Jobs and his family, asked him if he was glad that he had kids. His response:

[Having children is] 10,000 times better than anything I’ve ever done.

Silicon Valley, take note. Steve Jobs brought light to his greatest — 10,000 times greater than second place — achievement in life. This contrasts with the trendy image of such a technical wizard, the single-and-childless “metrosexual” as they now call them. Jobs is pointing to something greater.

We believe Jobs is right on, and that his deathbed reflection isn’t much different than any of ours will be. When reflecting on our lives, family — particularly our children — come to mind. Not our work, our money, or our careers. We don’t think about conformity or our neighbors or even our friends. We think about our children, and we either have them or we don’t. We’re either close to them, or we’re distant.

There are many Steve Jobs quotes flying around the internet. He said many profound things — and had the courage to live them out — and did much to change the world we live in. We think the quote above is better than all of them. 10,000 times better.

About Chris & Wendy Jeub

The Jeub Family live in Monument, Colorado. They encourage couples to love God and love one another, building an atmosphere of love in their homes.

  • Bob Shupe

    Its a shame that something like that could only come out after his passing. Imagine if he had lived that view publicly, boldly… as if the stock price of his company wouldn’t have been affected by a stand like that.

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      Yep, so true.

  • Gloria343

    It’s not what you say, it’s what you do.

    Steve Jobs had a child out of wedlock. The mother and child lived on welfare for two years, while he denied his paternity.

    As for his other kids, he authorized a biography of himself so they’d know who he was. Apparently, he never had time to tell them himself.

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      I’m not so hard on him. The significance of his regret is revealing. His biggest regret had nothing to do with what the world admired him for. It had everything to do with his children.

      • Anita

        I admire Steve Jobs for a lot of things. His vision, the way he bravely soldiered on even when he knew his life was ending. But by most accounts, Apple was where his heart was. He was famous for answering customer emails himself, micro managing to the most minute level and drove his employees at the expense of their family life. I am thankful for my iphone, my ipod and my mac. But I am sorry that in order for me to have these in many ways life changing products, the cost was his children. This is a direct quote attributed to him by Isaacson his biographer who asked him why Steve being the private man he was opened himself. Steve’s answer saddened me a great deal. I quote, 
        ‘I wanted my kids to know me. I wasn’t always there for them, and I wanted them to know why,’ Apple co-founder said

        I say this as someone who has a job that takes me away from my children for most of the day. My children know me and will know me because I spend time with them, play with them, laugh with them, take them around. They will not know me from a book. In the end, sorry to disagree with you Mr.Jeub, Steve’s legacy was apple, not his children. Unlike my children who will be lucky enough if I do not leave debts, he left his children billions. But I am sad if he did not leave them with memories like most ordinary parents

        • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

          Are you sure we disagree? And Steve Job’s own words are words of regret, not vindication. On his death bed, he was left with reflection, and his children were “10,000 times more valuable than anything I’ve ever done.” It’s a good thing he came to that realization before dying, and good that his children were able to hear it from their father.

  • Smfeet2001

    Glad to see you post this.  Very positive note about Steve Jobs….so many articles circulating among “Christian” writers/speakers/preachers talking about Steve Jobs’s religion and where he is going.  So I am glad to see you post something different about Steve Jobs. 

  • Gloria343

    Wow, you certainly seem willing to cut a lot of slack to a man who did not lead a biblical life, and who seem to have failed his children. Is it because he was rich? Honestly, you were less kind to  godly families who use birth control in order to devote more time to their handicapped child. In contrast, Mr. Jeub was not a Christian, spent his time amassing material wealth, denied the paternity of one child, and seem to have spent very little time with his other kids. Also, he didn’t show any sign of repentence. He just said that kids were worthwhile. One sentence on his deathbed does not make up for a lifetime of neglect.

  • Smfeet2001

    @Gloria343…I never have read where Chris Jeub was unkind to godly families over birth control.  In fact, Doug Phillips were much more unkind than Chris was in regards to families who limit their family size via birth control.  I have never seen Chris being judgemental against those that practice birth control.  He does write to make us think about what we are doing.  Steve Jobs never cared about the money.  He cared about making his company thrive under difficult circumstances which in turn we all benefited (well those of us that love his products)….All of us know Steve Jobs is not a Christian however I will not judge him as I am not the judge.  Jesus and God is the ultimate judge.  I am very happy that Chris possted this in a positive light.  All the other writings I have read had me scratching my head (Doug Phillips blassting Jobs over his salvation)….I truly believe he showed repentence to his children by spending time with them in his final days.  I thnk it is great that he realized he lost time with his children and made up for it in the end.  Only important thing here is and something we will never know is: his children are probably thankful that their father acknowledge his mistake on time…Holly

  • Anonymous

    Heartbreaking that he was a Buddhist. :(

    • ByHisGlory

      Actually, maybe it gave him peace and comfort. 

    • kate

      That is probably one of the most prideful statements I’ve heard in a long time! Heartbreaking you are so prideful!  :(

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BZXHT7XDXDDSOBCWGPTUGYGV5Q Elizabeth

    I’m glad he came to that realization after denying his first daughter Lisa for several years and refusing to pay child support. After a court ordered paternity test proved he was the father he began paying child support when she was 8 or 9. I think it was Jackie Kennedy who said  “If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much. ”  So true, and I’m glad Steve Jobs learned that before he died.