Like many others, I too, was impacted by the passing of Steve Jobs.
The real surprise is that I didn't think it'd be that profound…but that seemed to be the general consensus, especially among us who never met the guy.
So here's my little aside.
Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. 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. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who think they are crazy enough to change the world, are the ones who do.1
"You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them."
Whether you liked him or not, you couldn't ignore Steve Jobs last week.
On my end, I liked Steve Jobs a lot.
I bought my first Mac in 2006, when I was about to begin college. I instantly fell in love with that thing. (I'll keep this short, I promise!) I was blown away by the design, the software, the hardware, the user interface, and the entire philosophy of Apple... all wrapped in my little 13.3' white Macbook. This easily led me down a path of curiosity about the Apple community, and developers, and the whole ecosystem. I simply wanted to know more behind the design of a holistically beautiful product.
I remember sitting at home one morning, and watched his famous Stanford commencement speech in 2005 (it's only 15-minutes long, per Steve's style), and it was then I knew that Steve was on a totally different wavelength than most "celebrities."
Furthermore, any man that helped start Pixar earns my respect, by default.
The day the iPhone was announced, I remember sitting down and watching the entire keynote (the entire 1 hour, and 45 minutes of it!). On the day of its public launch, I remember telling my brother that we should go to an Apple store just for the sake experiencing the madness, because that day "was going to be a historical moment." (We really did go!)
Like I said before, if there's one thing I learned from the guy, it's that Steve Jobs showed us how to avoid the cheap and mediocre. Don't be cheap and mediocre.
If you're like me, the past week has been reading and remembering Steve Jobs from all over the internet. I compiled a small list of enlightening things about Steve:
1. A great collection of videos of Steve, including the Stanford Commencement speech, and a clip of Steve's introduction of the iPhone: Steve on Devour.com
2. An interview of Steve Jobs with the Smithsonian Institution. This is the closest thing we have to an autobiography so far: Smithsonian: Steve Jobs
3. As for the autobiography of Steve Jobs, I've got mine pre-ordered since the day he stepped down: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Steve Jobs' only authorized biography. There are many unauthorized biographies out there, and like Steve said in the Smithsonian transcript,
If somebody wanted to write a book about me, most of my friends would never talk to them but they could go find the handful of a few dozen people that I fired in my life who hate my guts. It was certainly the case in the one book I skimmed. I mean it was just "let's throw the darts at Steve." Such is life. That's the world I've chosen to live in. If I didn't like that part of it enough, I'd escape and I haven't so I'm willing to put up with that. But I certainly didn't find it very accurate.
Finally, before I let you leave, let me end this on a humorous note, Stephen Colbert's tribute to Steve Jobs:
|The Colbert Report||Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|Tribute to Steve Jobs|
Thanks for everything, Steve.
1 Fun trivia for those who love Apple software, the transcript for "The Crazy Ones" is in the TextEdit icon, shown here.