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Posted by on Aug 25, 2011 in Inspiration, Opinion, Technology, TG Roundup

Please Rise for a Standing Ovation to Mr. Steve Jobs

Very few people command respect just for their vision, innovation, leadership, courage, charisma – and most importantly what they have accomplished. To me Steve Jobs is one such person. This true visionary, great innovator, inspirational leader and man who made a big difference in the lives of millions of people – is stepping down as CEO of Apple due to health reasons. Hats off, sir! You deserve a standing ovation! We know that you are blessed with so many positives, but cursed with ill health. Regardless, we wish you the best life has to offer.

When you listen to him, when you read about him you will see a philosopher. He may be a college dropout, but he has a university within himself. He proved that formal education is not needed for a true genius. In the years to come, top B schools will develop numerous case studies from his accomplishments to incorporate into their MBA curricula. An inspirational commencement speech by him. This is a must, must, must watch. (When I watched it, I was filled with inexplicable excitement.)

Numerous ‘motivational’ speakers and speaker wannabes (myself included) will sing his praise to motivate people. Let me start by listing some of his quotes:

“We’ve never worried about numbers. In the market place, Apple is trying to focus the spotlight on products, because products really make a difference. […] Ad campaigns are necessary for competition; IBM’s ads are everywhere. But good PR educates people; that’s all it is. You can’t con people in this business. The products speak for themselves.”
— Playboy interview, 1985

“That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
— BusinessWeek interview, May 1998

“The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it into a nationwide communications network. We’re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people–as remarkable as the telephone.”
— Playboy interview, 1985

“We’ve kept our marriage secret for over a decade.”
— Jobs’ answer to Kara Swisher asking about the “greatest misunderstanding” in Jobs’ relationship with Bill Gates. (May 2007)

“It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”
— BusinessWeek interview, May 1998

“Picasso had a saying: ‘Good artists copy, great artists steal.’ We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas…I think part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians, poets, artists, zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world.”
— 1994

“[Y]ou can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
— Stanford University commencement address, June 2005.

“My sex life is pretty good these days, Walt. How’s yours?”
— Jobs’s response to a question from Walt Mossberg about how Jobs feels about Google and if he feels “betrayed.” (June, 2010)

(Jobs also added, “Well they decided to compete with us. We didn’t go into the search business.”)

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because 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. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. … Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”
— Stanford University commencement address, June 2005.

“I read a study that measured the efficiency of locomotion for various species on the planet. The condor used the least energy to move a kilometer. Humans came in with a rather unimpressive showing about a third of the way down the list….That didn’t look so good, but then someone at Scientific American had the insight to test the efficiency of locomotion for a man on a bicycle and a man on a bicycle blew the condor away.

That’s what a computer is to me: the computer is the most remarkable tool that we’ve ever come up with. It’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.”

— Interview for the documentary “Memory and Imagination,” 1990

“My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.”
— Interview with 60 Minutes, 2003

To see Steve Jobs’ life in pictures click here.

5 Comments

  1. I love this man for they way he revived the company after his comeback. The present day macs may not have the best hardware on them but are one of the most powerful machines for scientific computation for they way the OS X manages its resources. I can keep on bragging more about apple products here. But its about the man now. Here is link to one more story.

    http://thenextweb.com/apple/2011/08/25/a-front-row-seat-to-steve-jobs-career-by-robert-scoble/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitter-publisher-main&utm_campaign=twitter

  2. Yes, I haven’t watched the video yet, but I am sure it will be awe-inspiring. Ever since I bought the first apple product (a Mac Mini back in 2005), all my gadgets are from apple now if apple makes them. 🙂 The moment I saw the engineering of that product I knew apple is going to rule the sector for foreseeable future. I advised one of my friends to buy apple stock when it was 60 or 70 and she is forever grateful of my advise!

    The way apple transformed the tech landscape will be talked as a turning point in the beginning of this century, a century later. The invention of iphone is as much profound as the invention of telephone by Alexander Graham Bell! How well designed product. My first generation product of it is still good and far excels any of the latest android phones. All other phone companies are still playing the catch up game and either poorly mimicking or outright copying their features from iphone. google is playing some tricks to make some of it’s core applications look less effective (youtube) on iphone and trying to compete but still no match. Everyone will try to imitate apple’s success for sure.

    Thanks for the post
    Ramana

  3. True icon.

    You beat me to the punch Mohan garu. I will add some more details I have in the coming days.

    • When I don’t like somebody, I hold back. But when I admire somebody – I don’t hold back when the time is right to express it. 🙂