“Almost everything, all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure, these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” ~Steve Jobs
You wouldn’t be reading news on your phone now if it weren’t for this man. You wouldn’t have your iPod, Macbook, iPhone and iPad if this genius did not fight his way back to Apple. You wouldn’t feel this sad about the passing of someone you didn’t know, if you didn’t think he was an amazing human being. He was. Steve Jobs at 56, founder of Apple, died of pancreatic cancer on Wednesday.
The world’s internet masses pay tribute to Jobs today. Since becoming Apple’s chief executive in 1997, he has revolutionized the computer, film and music industries. Everyone who has worked with him calls him single-minded, stubborn and extremely focused on making Apple’s products better and faster.
From The Guardian:
“He has been described as a “control freak” and was known for rejecting hundreds of ideas in the quest for his personal idea of perfection. He launched new products himself, in carefully crafted “Stevenotes” that attracted adoring crowds and received massive press coverage. He opened hundreds of shops to sell Apple products.”
He has changed the world with his well designed and superb consumer products and services. He has built a lifestyle around these and understood us even before we understood ourselves.
Time magazine writes:
“Beyond his measurable successes, though, Steve Jobs claims one spot in history above all others: He realized what we wanted before we understood it ourselves.
We wanted easy to use. We wanted to lose ourselves in what our gadgets did. We wanted sleek, cool, streamlined – things that weren’t always associated with consumer electronics. We wanted the relationship between object fetish and functionality to be indistinguishable. We wanted to touch the future without seams that would yank us out of our communion with our machines. We wanted, in short, intricate simplicity.”
A stevejobsday2011.com website devoted to the event invited people to dress up as the Apple co-founder or talk about him, whether at real-world gatherings or at online venues such as Facebook and Twitter. Wear a black turtleneck on October 14 and join the rest of his inspired fans as they celebrate and remember his extraordinary life. You can RSVP on Facebook here.
Here’s an inspiring video of Steve Jobs delivering the commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005.
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