This must be the first time I have cried for the loss of a public figure. And it’s so amazing that the loss of Steve Jobs feels like a personal loss to so many people, and of course, me. The first thing I saw when I opened the Google homepage today was the line
Steve Jobs (1955-2011)
I was stunned. It was like a little part of my life draining out of me. I just could not believe it. Just could not. Battling with cancer all this while, never making a big deal out of it. Stepping down as CEO, ever so gracefully. It is so hard to sound coherent at this point of time but it’s just so heart-breaking. Watching his 2005 Stanford Commencement speech and listening to the final story about death, his words ring so true
“No wants to die. Everyone wants to go to heaven but no one wants to die to get there. Your time is limited. Don’t waste it living someone’s life. Don’t let others opinions and noise drown out your inner voice”
“Always follow your heart and your intuition. For they already know what you want to become”
In his commencement speech, Steve Jobs said that when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer was the closest shave he had with death and that the idea of mortality was the biggest factor that helped him escape the trap of doing things that you don’t want to do. No words could be truer.. the world has lost one of it’s biggest innovator. He has overhauled complete industries in a single lifetime.. showing that anything is possible, if you love what you do. He said you should do what you think is great work, and the only way to do great work is by loving what you do.
“Find what you love to do. Don’t settle. Keep looking.”
I hope I can inculcate his spirit and his values in my life.. I hope I can stay hungry, I hope I can stay foolish.
Thank you Steve Jobs, for making the world an immeasurably better place.
Rest in peace.