Remembering Steve Jobs

Today October 6, 2011 is the passing of the technology icon Steve Jobs at the age of 56. Everyone in the innovation and technology industry is saddened by his death due to pancreatic cancer.

I look up at Steve Jobs as my personal inspiration and for me he justifies the statement ‘Live the life you want’. He was not afraid to drop out from college as he thought that he cannot do what he wants while at school and that was the time he started his innovation of computer in his garage with a friend named Steve Wozniak in early 1970′s .

He trust his guts and intuition. He pointed that out and encourage other people to trust in their guts. That everything that happens in your life, you can still do something about it as long as you want to. He was thankful that he stopped college as that was the incident that started him to discover new things, do what he actually loves, make something wonderful to the world.

When he was ousted in his own company Apple in year 1984, that was the time he started again a new company named NeXT software and he bought Pixar Studio. Later came in year 1997 when the CEO of Apple decided to buy Next company that was when Steve Jobs came back to Apple and became the new CEO again and the founder as well. He was thankful he was ousted from Apple earlier, if that didn’t happened he wouldn’t have a NeXT company and Pixar studios. Later, he sold the Pixar to Walt Disney that made him the largest stock holder in Disney. He also contributed largely in the creation of Toy Story. All these things he accomplished during the time when he was out from Apple. You see, he never let things turned him down. He creates innnovation. He soar high, he excels wherever he goes.

He has a strong personality. He didn’t pity with himself. Though he was an adopted child, he never did belittle or looked down at himself. If he just wallowed, he wouldn’t be what he has become. He met his biological sister at the age of 27 who is a writer and later met his mother.

He is a strong person who says ‘Death is the most wonderful invention of life’. He face everything with faith and trust.

In our generation, I consider him the Galileo, the Mozart. He is brilliant and even more than that. He thinks of out the box and goes out of the comfort zone. Yes, Steve Jobs is almost near to perfection.

I admire rich people and even more admire rich but humble men. Steve Jobs who didn’t settle, let us remember him as the man who chose excellence, the man who is always hungry and always foolish. Let him be one of the best examples who live the life he wanted.And today I leave you my two favorite quotes from him.

“I want to put a ding in the universe.” – You surely did Steve!

“You 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.” – Thank you for the inspiration!

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