From humble beginnings in his garage, Steven P. Jobs co-founded one of most successful companies in the world. It was announced yesterday, Wednesday 5th October, 2011 that he had lost his long running battle with pancreatic cancer.
Steve Jobs was the father of Apple and progenitor of modern day computing. His company manufactured innovative personal computing machines which ushered in a new age of digital technology and productivity without the needless complications associated with anything Bill Gates touches.
Strangely, on the day Apple officially unveiled the iPhone 4s, the latest dual core version of the extremely popular and super-user-friendly app driven gadget, Jobs passed away at the age of 56 due to complications arising from the disease which had plagued him for so many years.
Jobs’ vision was second to none; he was a man who transformed the way we communicate, listen to music, watch films, play and produce our work and so, even though his death is sad news, today is a day to celebrate the life and work of someone who has given so much to the world of technology and helped revolutionise modern computing.
It wasn’t always and easy journey for the young inventor though but he always thanked his crazy decision to drop out of college as his first Apple Macintosh would never have come to fruition. Indeed his early college days were largely a disaster because like so many people he was unsure what to do with his life.
His working class upbringing had given him a strong grounding and after feeling that he’d been wasting his parents’ money on an education he saw no value in, Jobs started opting out of classes that were of no interest. He was having a difficult time of it; living on a friend’s floor while he studied and walking across town every Sunday to the Hare Krishna temple, a seven mile journey, where he received a free but excellent meal.
After enrolling at Reed College he discovered the art of calligraphy, a skill he thought would have no practical application in his life at all, but what he learned about Serif and Sans Serif, line spacing and typefaces shaped his design with the first Apple Macintosh.
The company famously grew to monumental proportions since its inception in 1976 and shrewd investment in the best programmers, designers and thinkers has seen Apple become a most revered brand.
Much talk today will be of whether Apple can sustain its growth and innovation without Steve Jobs, or if their market shares will crash or consumers will turn away from them. That should be a discussion for another day, if at all, for a man’s life is far more valuable than a market share or cheap speculation and Steve Jobs deserves better than that.
In his own words, he reflects on how his life began to move so fast after a difficult start and with it showed a humble philosophy and positive edge to his way of life.
He spoke of connecting the dots in life and how this can only be done by looking back at it. For the future, he said, you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect.
Whether he truly believed in a higher power or not, his words carry a powerful message and hope that even though life is short, you can achieve anything you want through positive thinking and a lot of dedication.
RIP Steve Jobs.
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Read our previous coverage on his battle with pancreatic cancer and life expectancy, or take a look at other celebrities who suffered with pancreatic cancer such as Bill Hicks, Patrick Swayze and Luciano Pavarotti.
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