Originally published on the date specified above.
I believe it was early 2010, when I started developing a genuine interest in what Steve Jobs had to say. I don’t know the exact reasoning why. But I found myself searching and perusing everything that Steve had to say. Almost everything that Steve would say made rational sense. I realized that this guy was using clear, simple language to define concepts, that if applied properly would create powerful constructs. One could clearly tell that Steve knew exactly what he was talking about, he knew very well what he wanted and he knew exactly how he wanted to get there. Mind blogging depth of perception, combined with a sense of intuition that was perhaps, unparalleled. Steve was shrewd, he calculated and weighed in on every single word he uttered in public, he was precise, to the point. He did not believe in waste, and you can tell that from his speech to the products he helped envision and bring to the market.
So much has been said and written about this man. People who have directly worked with this man, have characterized him as being brilliant, a visionary, an enigma to being a dictator, a jerk, utterly ruthless.The list goes on and on on both sides of the spectrum. Yet, almost everyone unanimously agrees that Steve was and will be one of a kind. It’s not everyday that the world produces a Leader like Steve. If you ask Steve himself, he’d simply characterize himself to being a dreamer or more precisely, an artist.
I am still going through the biography and I am getting to learn more about this man. Mostly it’s a feeling of awe. But there are pockets where you really begin to wonder what was really going on in his brain. It’s almost as if this was a human being who was in search of something. And he wanted to express what he was searching for. And how he chose to do it was to help make great products. He was not in it for the money. Looking at his simple attire, it doesn’t look like he was in it for the glory or the fame. But going back to his childhood, specifically the abandonment by his biological parents. I almost don’t want to make this correlation at this point, but maybe it had something to do with that? Maybe all he had been looking for all this time was love, true happiness and acceptance. Although he did clarify from time to time that he wanted nothing to do with his biological parents at the very least. Fate can be cruel and twisted, but very few have the ability to take a negative experience and turn it into something positive. I think that is what he was really trying to do all this time and the so called “weirdness” he exhibited were symptoms. Things seem to have gotten much better during the later part of his life. But I think he still set the bar up quite high for almost everyone he worked with and off course himself.
Well I figured I would start with a little bit of an introduction. I am still learning about this man. He truly was an enigma. But at the same time Steve was a guiding light for the rest of us. And as Jeff Bezos would say, Steve was a great teacher to anyone who was willing to listen.
Enough has been written about Steve, so it’s redundant for me to pen an entire narrative about him. But going back to where I started, and that would be the title of this blog-post , here are two observations that I have picked up after watching, reading up on Steve Jobs. These principles are powerful and they will continue being relevant for a long time:
So staying true to the Jobsinian way of doing things, I want to keep it simple, with a wish and a conviction that our children will be able to enjoy the same saner surroundings that we did. That our generation will not live a life of lie. We will not slide into a mindless totalitarian reality. But rather, we will understand and fix the underlying design that drives our reality. With an eventual desire of continuing to think free thoughts. Continuing to innovate and so that many more Steve Jobs could flourish.
May you rest in peace, Steven Paul Jobs. You truly have been a great teacher.