Saturday, October 8, 2011

People may die but legends never - Tribute to a great CEO

“Your time is limited, so, don’t waste it living someone else’s life”

These are the words spoken by the great entrepreneur, innovator, who revolutionized the field of personal computing, who took the animation pictures to next level, who founded NeXT compute. He is the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple Inc. Yes he is none other than Steven Paul Jobs, a Christian by birth and Buddhist by choice.

Jobs was adopted by his parents after he popped out of his mother’s womb. May be his mother wouldn't have done it if she knew what jobs is capable of. He didn’t believe that his college education was helping him to realize what he wanted to do in future. Jobs being reluctant to waste his parents’ money he dropped out of his college, but stayed around for 18 more months or so. He slept on the floor in friends’ rooms. He returned coke bottles for food, he walked 7 miles to have a decent meal on Sunday nights at Hare Krishna temple.

Steve started Apple in his parents’ garage at the age of 20, in ten years of span it became a $ 2 billion company. He realized his first creation “Macintosh” and after a year he was fired from his own company. It may be weird being fired from his own company, but its true, and this made him to enter one of the most creative periods of his life. He started NeXT, and Pixar-which created the world's first computer animated feature film. He always says he loved what he did and that kept him moving further and further. In a remarkable turn of the events Apple bought NeXT and in course of time he again became CEO of Apple.

"you can't connect the dots looking forward; you have to connect the dots looking backwards"

In 2004 he was diagnosed for a pancreatic cancer (which is unlikely of a typical pancreatic cancer – most of them are incurable). His health deteriorated eventually. Jobs in his last days spent most of his time with his family. Jobs died at his home on October 5, 2011. His family stated that he had “died peacefully”. He is an examplar of all CEO’s, a visionary, a pioneer and genius. He is the man who profoundly changed the face of the modern world and at whose death the whole world mourns, including his creation :'(

RIP steve.

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