Friday, October 5, 2012

Remembering The Man - Steve Jobs

There's going to come a day when we've all grown up, had a career, maybe got married and had kids, when we're all going about our daily routine. Maybe you're driving to work with the car radio on, or you're making dinner with the tv on in the lounge. Life as usual, and then we hear a name. It's the name of the person you had a blog dedicated to when you were 16. The person you had posters of up on your bedroom wall, or as your desktop background. The person of that show you used to watch every week, as soon as it came out, or that band you used to love. The person from the cast of a movie that changed your life, or the character who you scrolled through page after page of google search results of. You haven't heard that name in a long time, and it brings everything back. And then the name is followed by three words you thought you'd never hear. Has Passed Away. And then you put down the potato peeler and lean back against your kitchen bench, or you pull over to the side of the road, and tears are streaming down your face. And all over the world, there are people who used to be just like you, with tears marking their cheeks and sobs forcing their way out of their throat, because they remember. They remember and realize the volume of what has happened. Because all they can do is remember.
And as we remember, one year on, Apple has changed. It's had it's up and downs but the man's legacy lives on in his company. In one year, Apple has been the fastest growing company in the history of the world. It's share has grown 78% in just one year. It's worth 620 billion dollars as of today. That's more than Microsoft and Google (Apple's biggest competitors) combined. The iPhone 5, while it may have a couple of downsides is the fastest selling smartphone on the planet. All because of one man's vision. All because of Steve Jobs.
On this date, one year ago, my father woke me up and said, "Steve Jobs has passed away." Lying there in my bed, I didn't know how to react. 
All of my teenage had been spent watching Steve Jobs' keynote adresses, watching his product launches, interviews, documentaries, reading books, articles and stories about the man and all of it was gone. In just three words.
What had been a major focus of my teenage life was gone with it. In just three words.
What had not just changed my life, but the life of billions of other people around the world was gone. In just three words. 
"Has Passed Away."
The three words that I knew I was going to hear one day or the other, but didn't know what was going to happen when I actually did. The three words that in a very dramatic way, changed my life for the better because I realised that at the end of the day, it doesn't matter who we are, or what we do, what matters is our work. What matters is that we're here, in Steve's words, "We're here to put a dent in the universe." Because at the end of the day, what remains is that dent, and our legacy. And boy does his legacy live on. 
35% of the people who read my blog read it through an iOS device, 19% read it through android. And since Android just copied iOS, it's safe to say over 50% of the people reading just my blog read it through a device he helped built. And that's not counting Macs and the Safari browser for windows.
Steve Jobs once said, "I want to build a company like Hewlett Packard. So that even after both Hewlett and Packard are dead, their company lives on." Well Steve, you succeeded. Thank you. Thank you for giving us visions that changed the world because you were crazy enough to think that you could change it. Thank you Steve, thank you for everything, you're missed.