The day that Steve Jobs died.

Those who know me will know that I am not an Apple fanatic. I see each platform’s strength and it’s place in the vast universe. Large as Apple’s dominace is, you’ll be surprised to know that the pie is still bigger than that, that Japan and Korea have their local cultures, that great big China is a different world and one much closed to Apple, that India is a developing nation still pretty unsure of where it is going next, mobile-wise, computing-wise. I have been admittedly accumulating more and more Apple products, I fear I might have the entire range soon, but so far I can say they have been out of necessity for the coding platform. I still love my Microsoft Mouse (the Apple wireless mouse has crappy form factor, but it doesn’t hang my macbook, what to do), I love IBM keyboards, I love Blackberry’s QWERTY keypad, I love Android’s openess, I love Window PC’s hackability and versatality.

I think there isn’t much to scream or cry that Steve Jobs is gone. He was going to go. He knows he is going to go. He isn’t one to dwell on others going.

There are a couple of nice quotes floating around. I wouldn’t say there are a ton of them, because of his ~30 public years, there are only so few quotes. He didn’t speak publicly that much.

“Stay hungry, stay foolish.”

I love the blend of curiousity, forward-looking, eye-twinkling child-like fascination with the world. Neverending and never assuming.

“If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years go on.”

I like the first part. Keep looking. It is all too easy to get trapped in our current position and situation and fear to move. Inertia. Sunk costs. Fear. Procrastination. Excuses.

“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”

Of course there are many variants of this, and certainly not original. I wouldn’t want to go for ICT today.

“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life.”

I am a strong proponent of living one’s life with meaning to ourselves.

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”

I have this acute sense of death. That I’m not going to live forever. That I don’t want to live forever. That I am not living for a God or a religion or a promise or a future or an after-future or to be remembered or to avoid death. I will die, trying, to do something more impossible.

“I want to put a ding in the universe.”

Dream big. Change the world. Make a meaningful difference. Although not everyone will always agree with you. Just like how I don’t agree with everything that Apple does.

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. …. And that is as it should be, because Death is the very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.”

Just like how Google isn’t that new anymore. Just like how LKY isn’t that new anymore.

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.”

Damn right. richest man in the cemetery is useless. Plain useless. Which is why Bill Gates is doing something useful with his money. He was never after the money. Unlike the finance folks, the tech folks tend to have loftier goals, and better morals.

“That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”

Hey remember the old Archimedes quote?: Give me someplace to stand, and I will move the Earth. Aren’t some things possibly so simple.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it on living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

I hate following old stuff.

And other stuff seen online:

FB: “3 Apples changed the world. First one was eaten by Eve, second one fell on Newton, the third one was offered to this world 1/4 bitten.”

Okay I don’t understand the 1/4. but hey 3 Apples! Yes Newton’s did change the world.

“Steve Jobs was born out of wedlock, put up for adoption at birth, dropped out of college, then changed the world. What’s your excuse?”


Oh yes, thanks for making PIXAR too. I will always remember the jumping table lamp that defined much of my movie life.

Steve Jobs was in too much of Apple. From birth to end. In typical organizations/companies, something is bigger than the individual, it exists as a corporation, an entity that is larger. I worry that Steve Jobs was too much of Apple. If one single thing made it so successful, and you take away that one single thing, the fall could be as fast as the rise. Worrisome. It’s like LKY and Singapore. I don’t know. Is Microsoft the same now without Bill Gates around? Would Berkshire Hathaway be as successful without Warren Buffet?

Something will change, no doubt. Something better will rise somewhere else too.





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