Friday, October 7, 2011

On-Knowing Steve Jobs

As I read one article after another, all paying their heart filled tribute to the man who revolutionised technology; I had tears in my eyes, especially after reading the Punk and the cheerful side of his. It said :

“Jobs was brash from an early age. When he was just 12 he discovered that he did not have a crucial part of a frequency counter that he was assembling and promptly telephoned William Hewlett after locating William Hewlett Packard co- founder’s number in a phone directory. Hewlett spoke with the boy for 20 minutes prepared a bag of parts for him to pick up and offered him a job as a summer intern.” ~Pg 7, Economic Times

And then I came across his Stanford Speech which he gave to the students in the year 2005 which I happened to listen every word of, on YouTube, few months back, and I have to say that it was indeed awe- inspiring. When I heard Jobs speak, I wondered “Why don’t we get such great speakers at our convocation ceremonies?”

But the fact is, that, people don’t become great just when they are born, they become great in the simplest of their gestures which touch many people, and in those gestures when the chords strike, that is when the person begins to be revered.

Read this: At an Apple store in the meatpacking district in New York, someone left an apple, with one bite taken out of it, mimicking the Apple logo. A note read “ iThankYou”. There were also flowers outside Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California.

His words, his life is mesmerizing and invigorating for me, and may be for you too, if you take out few moments of your life to know him, even as it maybe through secondary sources.

We all know that when people die, we do get to hear nice things about them. And I wonder if anyone would remember the hurt as well, that which the person caused?
But here, his words, that which HE spoke touch me, they tell me that he knew where he was going, and what he was doing. And only when a person is so determined, can he dare to tell the world to live the way they “WANT” to live! And here I quote Steve Jobs:

“….Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out of your own inner voice”.

In a month and 17 more days, I’ll turn 22 years old. And it’s sad to say that I still haven’t lived many moments of my life which I wanted to, but never pursued. There was always something or the other which stopped me, many a time’s my parent’s concerns being a part of it too.
And here is a man who said:

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary…Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”

Sure he was a genius, and we all have plenty of examples to see that in front of our own eyes. I remember clicking very fine quality pictures from my dad’s iphone 4 yesterday, and honestly I didn’t have Steve in my mind as I used it. And let’s just all of us accept the fact that when we take people for granted then things (ipad, iphone, Mac Book) sure do come in that category.

I have never been a tech-savvy person. I know the basics and well, that’s how I work. My brother often tells me “All you know is how to do FB and Blogging!! You know nothing else about and in computer”.   It stands true. We all have our inclinations just the way we have our dislikes.

Never before today did I ever look at “The Economic Times”. Never! Today I picked it up, because it, like many others had the major section devoted to Steve Jobs, for the genius, the God of Technology and for the great man who lived his life ‘HIS’ way”.
This article by David Pogues right on the first page says “ …and they are saying it will be a long time before the world sees another Steve Jobs”.

Like i shared few moments before, i am a lil over an illiterate when it comes to technology. But here, I’m talking about his thoughts, which themselves had immense power to pick you up from the dirt and tell you that to strive in life you need to listen to YOUR ‘SELF’ ( self- my emphasis).
And here his words kick my neurons again:

“I mean how old are you people? What have you done with yourselves? ….There’s a whole world out there! When I was your age, I didn’t surf the web all day looking for Apple Rumours! I LIVED!
Here’s hoping that I learn from him, not for today, not for tomorrow, but for many more years I have in my life, yet to go……

And in order to keep myself going, I would like to have his quotes on my blog, coz they are upbeat, they are practical, and most importantly they come from a man who at least when spoke these words, unlike many wasn’t a Hypocrite, but DID  what he SAID!

You’ll be cherished Sir and remembered always!!


PS: Do search and go through the email from Tim Cook to Apple Staff.


Towards Harmony said...

Hey, I am a big Steve Jobs and his products fan and I just wrote an ode to him - just linking the Standford video you are talking about.

It is a brilliant speech and he was definitely a man who walked the talk and they sure don't make men like that anymore.

Nice ode, I liked it. A lot

Rahul said...

:-) Wow!!That was a very nice post,Aakriti.Honest and straight from the heart.I liked it.Very much.

Aakriti said...

@ Towards Harmony: Thank you for coming by at my space Yarn of ~ Words..Yes! I admire him deeply for everything he was and he did!

Aakriti said...

Hey Rahul...I guess the best cones out naturally when the person you are writing or talking about in many a ways or even in some ways touches your heart. And I think that stands true for Steve Jobs as well. Gratsi:)

Ryan said...


You wrote "In a month and 19 more days, I’ll turn 22 years old. And it’s sad to say that I still haven’t lived many moments of my life which I wanted to, but never pursued. There was always something or the other which stopped me, many a time’s my parent’s concerns being a part of it too"

Please keep in mind that every blessed day we walk in this place is part of the journey we are meant to experience. Don't discredit any moment in time, for we know that life can be far too short as it is. Each step before you, filled with excitement or utter boredom, is all a treasured piece of your existence. Don't let go of your dreams and still stive for those moments you wish to experience, but treasure every single second on the road to achieving them. Steve was a brilliant man, who forged ahead regardless of critics and naysayers, but you my dear, are just as magnificent as he was... and just as capable of forging whatever future you see for yourself...


Aakriti said...

Hey Ryan...its great to have u here after sooo long. Thank u soo much. I think some or the other time we just need that some 'one' to tell us we are magnificent too...and thank u for ur lovely words.:) You are too kind:)
Yes..I'll do my best for the days ahead:)

Rahul said...

Nice DP btw.:-)

Aakriti said...


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