Steve Jobs : His 56 years is not less than 100 years
The most unfortunate thing about Steve Job's death is that he had to die so young. He himself knew that he had to make his departure soon but had taken the fact in his stride.
In his commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005 he almost celebrated death. Was it the futility of fighting death that prompted him to say it? We will never know but what if it had been? A more purposeful life that gave so much to the world is in deed difficult to find. "Death is inevitable", he had said, " It is the agent of change". One only wishes that the change had not been effected so soon in his case.
It is an irony of sorts that one of the greatest inventors of our times had to become a victim of lack of medical inventions. Had he lived even a decade longer, the inventions he could have come up with can be guaranteed to be more mind-boggling than what he had invented till now.
No one can accuse one of exaggeration if one dares say that Steve Jobs belongs up there with Issac Newton and Thomas Edison.
In paraphrasing someone's brilliant comment online, an apple had been instrumental in changing man's destiny. An apple in the hands of Eve, an apple that fell on Newton's head and the apple that appeared in Job's mind.
Steve Job was a man who lived his life exactly as he had wanted. And, he knew exactly how to come up with things that no one knew that they needed them in the first place. His iPod, for instance, was not an absolutely new conception. There had already been devices that you could use to listen to songs and speeches. But the trick with iPod was its superior storing capacity. All his inventions, in fact, concentrated more upon the utility and convenience than the technology itself, though technology was nothing short of miracle by itself.
The connect with people is what is remarkable with Job's inventions. You could hardly pass by somebody who is not peering into his iPod or iPad or whispering to his iphone: A little bit of Steve Job in everybody's hand. You can be sure there are more people on the earth right now, as you read this, with one of Steve Job's gadgets in their hands than anything else. What more can a man achieve or want?
When Steve Jobs became a hit worldwide, he somehow reminded me of Giorgio Moroder. Both innovators, both made the world sit up with a jerk. And, Giorgio's From Here to Eternity absolutely fits Steve Jobs.
More importantly though, Steve Jobs might be dead but the millions of jobs around the world owe their existence to Steve Jobs. Jobs now and jobs to come. May Steve rest in peace, a well-deserved and well-earned peace.