Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Steve Jobs, RIP

I'm deeply saddened by his death. At the same time, I am comforted knowing that Steve Jobs' greatness was fully recognized in his lifetime. He changed the world, and the world acknowledged that fact before his untimely passing.

Steve Jobs' legacy will be this: that any person, anywhere, at any time, no matter how humble, can aspire to change the world if they follow their heart, pursue beauty, and are willing to work tirelessly to achieve their vision of a more perfect world.


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6 comments:

CDLIC said...

Steve Jobs' wish for himself and others:
Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Excellent Forbes article titled 'The Top Ten Lessons Steve Jobs Can Teach Us - If We'll Listen' at:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericjackson/2011/09/19/the-top-ten-lessons-steve-jobs-can-teach-us-if-well-listen/

Mark Gerber said...
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Mark Gerber said...

I too am saddened by Steve's passing. It always hits me a little harder when someone who loves life dies too early.

My path crossed his several times in the 80s as my girlfriend's family's house in Palo Alto was a couple of blocks away from Steve's. (As an aside, my girlfriend's father, a Stanford Engineering Professor, died about 5 years ago of pancreatic cancer as well.) I also worked a few blocks away at Stanford Industrial Park (my old building is now Facebook's headquarters).

Those were the days when Steve was building his Next computer company. Apparently, his favorite restaurant back then was the same as mine: a little, hole in the wall, family run Mexican place called Casa Isabel. He would meet a group of "nerds" there many days for lunch or dinner. I was often there alone because my friends and colleagues didn't share my obsessive fondness for their food. I would listen in to the conversations which were always calmly led by Steve. I knew of his reputation for being tough on employees, but that's not what I say at those gatherings.

I always thought about saying hello and introducing myself just to see where it might lead, but I never did. I didn't want to bother this famous man at our share hideout from the Silicon Valley hustle and bustle that we both enjoyed. It just felt wrong to me.

I was a Silicon Valley go-getter with plans of inventing something great or starting a business some day, but I mistakenly believed I had to do it on my own, not by jumping on someone else's bandwagon. I was too young and unexperienced to realize the benefits of learning from such a ride with someone great like Steve and stubbornly thought I had to do it on my own.

Benjamin said...

Remember to enjoy each stage of your life, and part of each day.

Bill said...

My late father's construction company remodeled his NY townhouse over several years. He told me he was one his best clients; very easy going and appreciative of the work the carpenters did on his home. I know that there are a lot of stories about how difficult he could be but my dad thought he was terrific.

Tim Reed said...

I felt exactly the same when I heard the news on the evening newscast. I'm not the geeky type of guy and never been an Apple fanatic, though I have to agree that their products are exceptionally awesome. Tim of asr hip replacement