Steven Paul Jobs, the legendary Apple boss who set the company on its course to becoming the world’s most valuable company before passing away 4 years ago, is often lauded as a technology visionary. But really, it was Jobs’ business acumen that made him not only a genius, but also a legend.
If there is one word that would epitomize Steve, it would be revolution. He has constantly advanced the frontiers of technology, and how the world now revolves around the products and the experience he has bequeathed us.
Steve Jobs is and was an amazing man. There’s no doubt about that. As I sit here writing this post, I am saddened by the fact that I will never be able to meet this wonderful man. From his dedication to his work, bright mind, and unique personality; I’ve always looked at him as one of those people you just want to be around.
My heart goes out to all of these people who’s lives have been touched by Steve, and I hope you can look at the great legacy he has left behind and smile. Smile because of how proud you are.
Steve Jobs (born 1955) was the guru of digital disruption, from the PC to the iPhone, from iTunes to the iPod, iPad, even Pixar. “Every once in a while a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything,” he once said. He was fortunate enough to be part of that process many times in his short life, setting events in motion that continue to change the world today.
Here’s one of the most memorable speech by Steve Jobs at Stanford
- It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them
- Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.
- Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
- Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.
- Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
Always be bold and straightforward
Once in a meeting with President Obama, hs said “You’re headed for a one-term presidency,”. “To prevent that, he said, the administration needed to be a lot more business-friendly. He described how easy it was to build a factory in China, and said that it was almost impossible to do so these days in America, largely because of regulations and unnecessary costs.”
This is one of few examples how only he could have taken a company that was on the verge of going bankrupt and turned it to a 70Billion dollar company in just 15 years – what a loss to the world!
People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do…
The resurgence of Steve’s cancer was a painful reminder that it was time to ‘put his affairs in order’ before his passing – and he did. In 2009, he finally started giving interviews to journalist Walter Isaacson to prepare for his first and only authorized biography, giving him his perspective on his life and career.
He also spent his last days designing a boat for his family on which he hoped to travel the world. Unfortunately, death took him too soon, and he died peacefully at home on October 5, 2011, surrounded by his family – the day following the introduction of the iPhone 4S, an Apple event that he watched from his deathbed.
I’ve never met him or seen him, but he was a household name and through his genius a culture was born. It’s not everyday someone achieves feats like that. He was an amazing person and a visionary. He will be missed by many. Rest in peace. You have left your seal on the world forever and have thus immortalized yourself forever as a timeless figure of what determination and hard work can achieve.
As Always, “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish”