Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

Any way you slice it 56 just seems too young to die. As a geek I have always been inspired by the genius, innovation and imagination of people like Steve Jobs. He, and his company Apple, is to personal computing what Microsoft is to corporate computing.

I mourn the passing of Steve and pray that his family and friends will be comforted during this difficult time. In memory I share a few things Steve Jobs has said ...

Simple can be harder than complex.

You can't con people in this business. The products speak for themselves.

The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it into a nationwide communications network. [from a 1985 interview]

A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them.

Great things in business are never done by one person, they're done by a team of people.

You have to trust in something -- your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything -- all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. ... Stay hungry. Stay foolish.


  1. That is a fascinating last quote from him.
    He really was comfortable in his own skin.
    Thanks for this post Bob.
    My only encounter with Steve Jobs was while working a MacWorld trade show in San Francisco. He was a keynote speaker and not at all nice to those of us "lackys" working to make his program run smoothly. He was rude, said some ugly things to several African Americans and generally was a bully. All that was many years ago and has colored my opinion of him as a person.
    There is no denying that he was a genius and an icon. I'm greatful for his imagination and creativity. Without it I wouldn't even be on the internet.
    The world has lost a dynasty and has to now step up to the plate and continue what he began.

  2. Definitely an interesting guy with a great mind.

    May he rest in peace.

  3. Bob, today I'm contemplating Job's being a Buddist.


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