I woke up on a lazy Thursday morning; switched on the TV and suddenly my hair stood up on its end. NDTV was flashing – Steve Jobs is dead.
Everyone is talking about it and it isn’t surprising that his death is dominating the headlines of even the Marathi and Hindi newspapers today. Steve Jobs was more than just a CEO of a company. He was an exceptional inventor, visionary, entertainer, and salesman.
When Apple was introducing the world to its latest smartphone – the Apple iPhone 4S, Steve Jobs was in the hospital battling pancreatic cancer. But no one knew that death would lay its icy hands over him at an age of 56. Jobs had been struggling with pancreatic cancer for over seven years; he resigned as the CEO in January 07, 2011 due to health problems. The disease finally got better of him.
For those who don’t know, Steve Jobs started Apple Inc. along with Steve Wozniack in the year 1976 and he left the company due to power disputes in 1985. He came back a few years later as interim CEO after Apple announced a loss of $1.8 billion in 1997. Jobs took Apple back on top and introduced the world to a lot of innovative products one after the other.
No one will ever forget the charisma of this man when he introduced the Apple iPhone to a bunch of press reporters for the first time in 2007. Everyone was drooling at this gadget and Steve Jobs made it feel like this phone belonged to another planet. Everyone believed Jobs when he said ‘it works like magic. You don’t need a stylus’.
Steve Jobs has been a very successful business man and is a role model for a lot of budding entrepreneurs. It is been a day since he died and his death is still being talked about on news channels, social networking sites, and crowded coffee houses. This shows how big he was.
Thank you Steve Jobs for all that you have given us. RIP.
Some of his best quotes
- Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions down out your own inner voice. Most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
- I would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates.
- Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
- There’s a phrase in Buddhism, ‘Beginner’s mind.’ It is wonderful to have a beginner’s mind.
- Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me… Going to bed at night saying what we’ve done is something wonderful … that’s what matters to me.
- Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.
- 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 to find it.
- Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently – they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.