Thursday, October 6, 2011

Why Steve Jobs' Death Resonates

Yes, he was a visionary who built the world's most valuable company and he helped design some of the iconic technology products of our age which have changed the way we live.  This is well documented and is deserving of our admiration.  What can be said that hasn't been said already?

But his journey seemed at once iconic and very human.  Steve Jobs' business success did not happen in a linear way, but rather followed an unpredictable path that was uniquely his.  Along with the tremendous success at Apple, Pixar, Next and again at Apple he had very public failures.  Along with being a very public figure he was intensely private.  Along with being demanding and sometimes acerbic, he could be giving and open.  Along with being driven and consumed with his work, he could take time to go for a walk and feel the grass under his feet.  We can all relate to the complexity and dichotomy that was his life.

We will never have an iota of the influence Steve Jobs had on the wider world.  But we can all walk the same path as Steve Jobs by living life being true to ourselves and mindful of what's truly important.  His death reminds us that we can, and should, make a difference in the lives of our family, friends and colleagues.