To be honest, I was hesitant to write about Steve Jobs death at all. So many good things have been written. But some people don’t understand, what the fuss is about. Some say, now that they read so much about him, they can partially understand. Still many were annoyed by the reactions on various feeds and ask:
Why do people get so emotional about his death?
Well, for some of us geeks and nerds, he was like a father figure. Someone to look up to. In every field of expertise you’ll find those stars and heroes that many within that field know, adore, despise or look up to. But because Steve Jobs was gifted in so many areas, Engineering, Design, Marketing and more, the number of followers was huge. Granted, if you are not in one of those fields, you will have a hard time understanding the current reactions.
And he was a great leader, who inspired beyond Apple. Is that new? No. Go back a few years and you’ll find people like Heinz or Bosch (and many others already mentioned elsewhere). Also admired by many and mourned by more when they died.
Many say, that he had too many flaws to be admired that way. Again, look at other founders that we deem great ones today. No single one was without flaws. I’ll bring up Heinz and Bosch again, because I learned about their lives most recently. Great company leaders who had ideas that put every labor union to shame. Yet both had flaws. Are they to blame? No, because at the end of the day they’re human. We should celebrate the good things they did and try to not make their mistakes.
Go ahead, read some of the links to his quotes or articles about him and probably you’ll understand why people think he’s great, just like Kristina Halvorson or a friend of mine did.
Before I give you Steve’s success secret, here a video that left no eye dry. I loved the Think Different campaign since it was launched and still think it’s miles ahead anything else we have seen since then. This one is narrated by Steve himself and never aired. I could watch it a thousand times. But I’d run out of tissue soon.
Many books and articles have been written about Steve Jobs’ successes. All cover his drive for perfection, his relentless work ethic and stuff like that. It might be true, but at the core of it all, there must have been something that or rather someone who gave him the strength and energy to do it all. There was — and he gave us a hint right after his last keynote:
Unfortunately, I have no idea who shot the original picture