Apple. iPhone 5. iTunes. Siri. When we hear all these terms, we automatically think of Steve Jobs, the mastermind behind Apple and the intellectual behind the most innovative phones and technologies. We are so amazed at the newest forms of technology and the accomplishments of the likes of Steve Jobs even after his passing that we lose sight of where it all started: Alexander Graham Bell in the 19th century. The original telephone may not be the most exciting topic to us now, but at that time it was unfathomable to speak to someone vocally unless they were in your direct line of vision. Today, having the ability to do this is an expectation held by all. Everyone that has the appropriate means in today’s society owns a cell phone, iPad, computer or another communication device allowing for apps such as Skype, iChat, Facebook chat, Apple FaceTime, or any other form of communication to communicate either vocally or even visually no matter the distance.

Alexander Graham Bell did not invent the iPhone and Steve Jobs did not invent the original telephone. However, Apple could not have created the iPhone nor could they continue to make improvements, providing us with what is now the iPhone 5, if it weren’t for Alexander Graham Bell and his discoveries in the late 1800’s. We’ve advanced from Bell’s original telephone to phones such as the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III through collaboration. Many technologies, innovations, apps, games, etc. that we use every day would not have been possible if it weren’t for the collaboration of two or more innovators. Part of being a creator is allowing feedback and changes from others in order to expand the original apparatus to become more than was ever planned. When Alexander Graham Bell created the telephone, it’s highly unlikely that he saw today’s smart phones as the future outcome of his discoveries. A creation rarely stops after the creator either passes or leaves it to rest. Another entrepreneur can pick up and expand the invention while others continue adding on top of the original product until it becomes something larger than life.

We can focus on the grand things that took transformations to an original invention such as the telephone, the airplane, hybrid cars, etc., but teamwork comes in many different forms and affects smaller efforts as well. When I create something new, I look forward to seeing reactions, comments and improvements from others filter in from all angles. It’s interesting and exceptionally helpful when friends, co-workers or even strangers give feedback to any creation of mine, adapting it to reach its full potential. As an entrepreneur, I have the pleasure of overseeing joint efforts in nearly everything I do: in the videos my company produces, in apps I contrive, and within the expansion of my production company itself. Gaining varied outlooks from acquaintances in order to better my work is an invaluable part of what I do. It is exhilarating to watch an idea I put out to the world motivate others to think outside the norm as innovators. I inspire others to expand upon a concept and in turn incorporate their suggestions into the developments. It requires an even amount of give and take to produce something exceptional.

Collaboration sparks imagination and creativity and evokes new thoughts and perspectives. Picking up on an invention that another creator began is inspiring and can provide life-changing outcomes. Rarely does an innovator or entrepreneur accomplish his/her most memorable achievements without the guidance or encouragement of others. Collaboration is necessary in the process of creating and adapting innovations on massive and minute scales alike.

Steve Jobs
February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011

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