Updated October 6, 2011Doc Sheldon
Normally, I don’t care too much for posting the same thing everyone else is, but I feel as though an exception is warranted, with the recent passing of a true visionary – Steve Jobs.
I’ve never been a big fan of Apple products, primarily because I like what I’m already accustomed to, so never got on the Mac bandwagon. I’ve never said, though, that they didn’t make a damned fine product. I never got into portable music either, so the iPod never showed up on my charge account (I did buy one for my daughter, though, and she tried her best to wear it out).
That said, I did often admire the aesthetics and functionality of Apple products, and admired the deep involvement that Mr. Jobs sustained in product development. His obvious dedication to the principle of putting the user experience first was certainly a huge part of Apple’s successes.
Having had the opportunity to watch too many people face cancer and its treatments, I particularly admired him for his ability to deal with the physical and emotional blows brought with it. He had a job to do, and a vision of how it should be done, and he refused to allow anything to interfere with that.
We have lost a pioneer, and such a loss shouldn’t be taken lightly. Don’t we all die, eventually? Certainly. but the better questions should be, do we really live at all? Do we make a difference? Do we leave things better than we found them?
That Steve Jobs accomplished all that and more can’t be disputed. He wasn’t the type to create a better mousetrap… he was the sort that would have conceived the original idea when the rest of us were content to simply get a cat.
There aren’t as many pioneers these days, it seems, as we once enjoyed. Or perhaps technology has overtaken us to such a degree that it’s difficult for one individual to stand out, as many will often contribute to new concepts. So I think that makes the loss of a remarkable person like Steve Jobs an even greater loss. Pioneers are a precious commodity, and with the loss of each, we all lose.
I’ve read many tributes and obituaries since yesterday. There is a common thread, of course… one of admiration and loss. I think the best I’ve seen was that published this morning on the Wall Street Journal. Even those that knew much of Steve’s history may find new accomplishments there to wonder at. We have lost someone that has made contributions to our lives that many of us may not even realize. Never mind the Apple products he pushed to the market… what about the resulting push by his competitors, desperately trying to keep up? What about the young entrepreneurial souls just beginning their careers, with their eyes on him as an example of what can be done? Whether we make the connection or not, I think we’ll all feel those losses, too.
To Steve Jobs’ family, friends and co-conspirators to make the world a better place, I offer my sincere condolences. I also offer my thanks, for having shared him with us, and for supporting him in everything he undertook.
Rest in peace, Steve.