A few Words About Steve Jobs

| Just a Thought

Just a ThoughtI just learned that Steve Jobs died last night.

Like so many of you, I am awash with emotion.

Of course, I’m sad that the man who has shaped so much of our environment today has passed on, leaving a legacy of ideas on which the next generation of charismatic and critical thinkers can build upon.

But I’m also optimistic.

The legacy that Mr. Jobs leaves behind covers some much ground that it’s hard to take it all in. Still there is one bit about the man that has me thinking at this very moment, and I hope it will affect many more as it is now affecting me.

If I look back on the last two years it seems likely to me that Mr. Jobs knew that his time was short, that all of the medical hurdles he cleared was done to give him just a bit more time to make sure that, even if he couldn’t finish what he started, he could at least make sure it had a fighting chance. That is what has affected me. Even when he knew his end was near he kept pushing, kept reaching, kept trying.

What was it he started? The obvious answer would be the Apple and the products the company creates. Steve never hid the fact that he loved what he did at Apple, and it’s likely that a lot of his time was spent shoring up the company’s brain trust and product pipeline.

But to say that Mr. Jobs fought to live a few extra months just to see a new iPhone be announced somehow diminishes the man because he was so much more than any gadget or company.

I won’t pretend to know why Steve fought so hard for his extras moments, but knowing what little I do of the man, I have to believe it was very important to him.

That, above all other things, is what I’ll remember about Mr. Jobs: He didn’t waste time on crap. If something was worth doing, then it needed to be done the absolute best way it can be. The task requires focus and drive, and the end results has to mean something. It’s a lesson we can all learn from. I believe I have.

There will be stories all over the world talking about Mr. Jobs and his Apple legacy. There will be some stories detailing his life and examining the man he was. I won’t add to it because I really can’t say much beyond this: my sympathies go out to the family of Mr. Jobs. They must be feeling especially saddened now. I hope that the world at large understands that and allow them the decency to grieve in private.

Rest in peace Mr. Jobs. You knew this days was coming quickly, maybe we all did. It doesn’t lessen the loss. You will be missed.

Comments

Phil

I thought when Apple announced the iPhone 4S, the “S” might have stood for “speed” due to the new A5 chip.
Then perhaps it was meant to mean “Siri” since the new phone was the only version with Siri on it.
Now I know, the iPhone 4S is really the iPhone 4S(teve).

wab95

Thanks for those thoughts, Vern.

I am amazed at just how much attention is being devoted to Steve Job’s life and legacy here in Asia. Even among people who have little to no access to Apple products, they knew about them, and want them. They also recognise how Apple’s innovations transformed technology across the industry to those things to which they do have access.

More than anything, the man touched people at a personal level worldwide, including here. His achievements against the odds through talent and grit resonates with common people here, and is an encouragement to youth.

As you said, he will be missed.

BurmaYank

Now I know, the iPhone 4S is really the iPhone 4S(teve).”

Yes!  Absolutely!

Thank you, Phil, for that wonderful idea.

This comment by thinkman (@Macworld.com/Oct 5, 2011, “Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs dies at 56” by Philip Michaels), so thoroughly & deeply expresses the feelings and thoughts of my own grieving:

“I’m not a man who prays ordinarily, but I prayed in my heart, everyday, that Steve Jobs would last forever! He has been my hero for decades; a true one-of-a-kind!

A world without Steve Jobs?... unthinkable. What a journey he took us all on. I think the “reality distortion field” he was so often pegged with was actually a “reality field”, that not everyone got. Maybe they will now!

He saw what could be, and got us there!

R.I.P., Steve”

archimedes

I think maybe he wanted to be absolutely sure that the company would go forward, even in his absence! I think it will - Apple itself is a huge legacy, and it is my sincere hope that all the folks at Apple continue to create wonderful things that enhance our lives for many years to come!!

In his commencement address from 2005, Steve Jobs focused on doing the right thing with your life. Since that speech, he managed to transform computing (and Apple) again with the iPhone/iPod touch/iPad. Paraphrasing what he said at the iPhone intro, to do so once in your lifetime is amazing, but at Apple he was lucky to be able to do it three times! I think time will tell how significant a benefit this was to humanity.

cwbullet

Steve was a true innovator.  He not only transformed computers, hand held devices, and phones, be he also transformed lives.  He will be missed.  The world and Apple will not be the same without him.

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