Something rather weird happened to me a year ago… That day it was 7 o’clock in the morning. I caught my DLR train and sat down. We just passed the Limehouse station. I was looking in the window and in its reflection I saw a man reading that morning’s news paper. What drew my attention towards it was a big photo of Steve Jobs proudly holding an iPhone in his hand. I looked at my hand at the same moment and found an iPhone, the same as in the picture and I smiled. I felt some sort of connection, that I connected somehow to this big and even bigger picture. I didn’t see the title of the article until I almost reached the Bank station…… Steve Jobs died at the age of 56. I felt like my head became heavier and that my eyes were about to burst…. My head was pounding. I couldn’t believe the fact I just learned. No. I wouldn’t believe.
Surprisingly to me, I shamelessly cried. You see, I’m not that much of a cryer, although I do have feelings… It’s just I don’t get upset that often. I don’t know exactly how to describe what I felt that day and all year round but I will try. It’s like I lost a mentor, a visionary and a really good friend who new exactly how to connect and relate to people in general and me. Somehow I always felt what Steve wanted to convey to people who used Apple’s products. I always felt his passion to delight people and to care about what they would love rather than how many iPods they would sell. I didn’t know how to stop this bitter feeling of loss and a deep grief. The taste of my own tears was unbearable. I didn’t know where it was coming from and what kind of emotions in me were touched so deep. It’s like I was SURPRISED that I cried at all. Stupid, right? I remember every moment of THAT day. But most of all I will never forget getting home that evening and watching the most inspirational video and crying my eyes out.
The Greatest Speech By Steve Jobs At Stanford University
Steve Jobs: Who IS He?
Steve Jobs was a remarkable philosopher, visionary, artist, presenter and the greatest storyteller the world ever knew! I miss dearly seeing and learning his communication skills while giving remarkable presentations on breakthrough technology. He felt deeply passionate about Apple and the products they make. He always made a point that they sold experience, simplicity and finally, a dream. He rarely concentrated on any of his products’ technical specifications and always paid more attention to experience of using them. The moving power of his life was passion and enthusiasm.
“You need a lot of passion for what you’re doing because its so hard. Without passion, any rational person would give up.
So if you’re not having fun doing it, if you don’t absolutely love it, you’re going to give up.
And that’s what happens to most people, actually.
If you look at the ones that ended up being successful in the eyes of society, often times it’s the ones who love what they do, so they could persevere when it got really tough.
And the ones that didn’t love it, quit. Because they’re sane, right?
Who would put up with this stuff if you don’t love it?
So it’s a lot of hard work and it’s a lot of worrying constantly.
If you dont love it, you’re going to fail.” – Steve Jobs
I didn’t know that much about this humble guy who changed this world and had such an impact on every person that had somehow crossed with the universe of technology. And I wanted to change that. That is why I just couldn’t pass by the Waterstones without buying the Walter Isaacson‘s biography of Steve Jobs.
What I’ve learned was that Steve Jobs had a zen approach towards life. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”.
He really had the greatest vision on how technology should look like and work. Simple but genius. He was an experience maker. Before I even got familiar with Apple products I was ignorant and didn’t care that much about technology and all that jazz… He grasped my attention! He knew how to fascinate me and turn my interest from a bold zero to off limits when it comes to technology now!
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become ” – Steve Jobs
He had a passion for perfection, which I truly admire. He strived to ACCOMPLISH what others may thought was IMPOSSIBLE. And by bridging technology and art it made him a true artist. I do believe, that every single masterpiece like MacBook Air, iPad, iPod and iPhone is a true virtue of art! And it’s far beyond the simple meaning and understanding of the word of “technology”.
I also love Apple’s advert, which I also think was an inspirational work of art:
“Here’s To The Crazy Ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the
square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have
no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the
human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world – are the ones who DO!”
The Secrets Of Success By Steve Jobs
Do What You Love – passion is everything
You have to be passionate about what you are doing. Any activity without passion will make a person miserable and life will seem dull and uninspiring. In our days it may be difficult to follow your passion all the time but you have to try. If you don’t try, you have given up.
Put A Dent In The Universe – a clear bold vision
Always believe that you can change the world. Even if it seems impossible, strive to bring a change into this world, however, small that change might be. Remember that only people who believe that they can change the world are the ones that actually do.
Say NO To 1000 Things – You have to focus and reduce the clutter in your life
Focus on what you are trying to achieve. Think BIG. Take the greatest idea, the greatest dream and focus on it. Focused person is unbeatable. Focused person is an achiever. Don’t spill your energy on anything else, however good it is, because all your really want is that one GREAT thing!
Kickstart Your Brain – Do something new, incredible and inspiring
If you are passionate about something, you can create the most incredible and inspiring things. In anything you do, you have to aim for something incredible. Because incredible makes you create more and improve. When you know that something you do inspires people, you make yourself to live up to that image and you will keep creating.
Sell Dreams. Not Products
If we can learn anything from Steve it would be this – never sell products, sell dreams. Sell solutions to problems. Sell something that people dream about. “If you ever think that there is nothing in this world that hasn’t already been built or created then you are saying that every dream in this world has been fulfilled.” – E.Likhoded. They haven’t and so there are still countless opportunities out there to fulfil those dreams!
Create Insanely Great Experience
Never put more focus on the features of products than on the actual experience of using those products. Features are just a medium to create insanely great experience. Focus on the experience that people will get instead of the features of the product. The question you should be asking is “Why?” instead of “What?”.
Master The Message
It is incredibly important to know how to deliver your message. Steve rarely asked us what we wanted. Instead, he told us what he thought we wanted. And he turned out to be right most of the time. His message was powerful and he was the master of delivering it. When on stage, you could see his passion and his confidence that there was nothing in the world better than what he held in his hand at the time. Find passion in your message and then convey this passion to your audience when delivering it.
Steve might have left but he is still with us in every single masterpiece that he helped to build. His story, his passion and his vision will always be here and remind us that you CAN make lives better and you CAN make a dent in this universe. All you have to do is to believe and try.
In memory of Steve Jobs 1955 – 2011…