Thursday, 6 October 2011

a visionary, leader and orator: RIP Steve Jobs

It was nearly going to be two Friday Flowers back to back, even though my head has been full of things to post this week.  I wish Steve Jobs had managed to find time during his too short time here to make more time for all of us...I could have done with some more this week. Maybe that is something he can help work on in the afterlife...

In the meantime though, we celebrate all he achieved this life time. The Mac, the ipods, ipads and iphones of course, but more so his power as an orator, a visionary and a leader.  I've worked with visionaries who couldn't lead or manage, and somehow Steve Jobs appeared to manage all three. 

RIP Steve Jobs 
- an inspiration in his words and actions, and funny too: 

'So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.'  So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't even got through college yet.''

'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.'

'You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give it to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new.'

'A lot of companies have chosen to downsize, and maybe that was the right thing for them. We chose a different path. Our belief was that if we kept putting great products in front of customers, they would continue to open their wallets.'

'I'm the only person I know that's lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one's very character-building.'

Just the other day I watched a frail Steve Jobs outline the plans for the new 'mothership' Apple Campus in California - incredible - watch the video at Nerdgirl over here, and I thought how I wished I was fifteen years younger - when we studied, computer classes were all about cassette tapes in spectrums, or sharing six to one at a big old computer running DOS programmes. Funnily enough, I own a Mac - an old one now, but generally use my thinkpad (old habits, or maybe old dogs..blah blah) and am a blackberry addict, but I do owe my new found fitness (hardly Olympic) to my ipod that motivates and measures my runs.

Yet it was only yesterday that I picked up a newsletter and read these two quotes below, the first of which we've seen often today: 

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. 
- 2005

and now it has come to pass. 
Given where I am in my own journey,
these are what will burn for longest...

condolences to Steve's family & friends.


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