A world minus Steve Jobs
It wasn’t something I expected this morning when my wife loudly called for me while I was still getting dressed in our bedroom. She never calls for me like that, which of course puzzled me. When I arrived in the living room where she was checking the news, she just told me to “check the news”. Still not quite awake and unable to fully understand what was going on I simply asked “Where?”. I just got a look straight into my eyes and “Anywhere” for an answer.
I never got to meet Steve Jobs, sadly, but I have very much enjoyed the fruits of the labor he and all those brilliant people at Apple have done over the years. The last six years of using computers have been the best, for me personally at least. I know I owe a very large due of that to all those great minds at Apple, Mr. Jobs included. I like to think about Steve Jobs as the best conductor of the best orchestra, simply because he always set the goal darn high, got the best people and wouldn’t allow crap products get released into the market.
Almost from every corner of the Internet, be it from a direct competitor or someone who just bought their first Apple product, there are thoughts and remembering of what Steve Jobs has done and how he has changed the world. There are so many great stories relating to meeting Steve or telling of how he did things, both as a human, as a CEO and as someone who just cared an awful lot about details.
I think the best way of honoring the memory of Steve Jobs is not to go dress up in a black mock turtleneck and blue jeans on the 14th of October, nor is it to just blatantly copy some parts of they way he did things, but to live your life as you see fit and constantly aim a little higher than you think you can do.
And lastly I would like to consider my all-time favorite quote by Mr. Jobs:
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 drown out your own inner voice. And 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.
Thanks, Steve. So long and thanks for all the attention to details!