Farewell Mr Jobs
It was with sadness that we woke this morning to discover that Steve Jobs had, after a long battle with cancer, passed away.
Apple co-founder and - for once the words seem entirely appropriate - visionary and creative genius, Mr Jobs had a huge impact on not just Apple, but, unquestionably, the wider world. His relentless attention to detail and his focus on the power and potential impact of design were referenced often in our lectures and he will be sorely missed.
It’s a measure of the man he was that US President Barack Obama stated:
Steve was among the greatest of American innovators — brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.
It’s Mr Jobs own words on life and how one must embrace it, however, that resonate the most acutely. Speaking at Stanford in 2005, he stated:
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because 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.
Never a truer word was said. Farewell Mr Jobs.