An entrepreneur, a business man, an innovator, a visionary and a man obsessed with perfection, Jobs left no stone unturned in making Apple more than just a fruit for the common man. In an era where every other company was busy spending millions of dollars on product research based on notions of additivity and complexity, his products continuously reinforced and plastered the age old saying, “less is more,” in the walls of modern day industries and forced them to think differently.
Despite the fact that he was adopted, despite the fact that he received no formal education and despite the fact that he got kicked out from the very company he founded, Steve Jobs never lost hope. His work ethic and principles kept him glued to his dream and instead of getting bogged down by the setbacks that he had, he fought back harder each time and created opportunities as he went along. Pixar Animation Studios was created by Jobs during the period he was fired from Apple using the money that he had leftover owing to the huge success that his company initially had, back in 1982.
Apart from his own passion and strong belief, Jobs’ greatest achievement, according to me, is the fact that the people who worked with him were as passionate and devoted to what he believed in. And all credit goes to him. It was he, who as their leader, motivated them and inspired them to think big, and think different. “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish” was his message to the youth.
Besides an iconic entrepreneur, he was also an accomplished innovator and a genius beyond recognition. He was the Da Vinci of our time. The 317 Apple patents that list him among the group of inventors offer a peek at his enormous say over the minute details of the company’s products and his ingenuity. He invented not only the company’s iconic computer cases but also even the glass staircases that are featured in many Apple stores.
Known for their elegance and simplicity of design, Apple products are more than just a piece of number-crunching-gear that you carry around in your pockets or bags. They have in them an intuitive feel, a human touch, the kind that makes it virtually impossible for any passer-by to spare them just a fleeting glance and this is an integral part of any apple product available on the market today. It has become even more prominent now with the launch of the iPhone4S which boasts of a superior voice recognition feature, nicknamed ‘SIRI’, which can give any personal assistant a run for his/her money.
If only Jobs lived a wee bit longer, who knows what other impossibilities could he have made possible. Which another dimension could he have brought in or taken out? If one fruit could do so much for mankind, just imagine the basket that nature has to offer.
At times I wonder if whoever originally coined the phrase, “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away,” was fully aware of the hovering symbolism.
Rishav Agarwal – BTech 3rd Yr