Steve Jobs, the former Apple CEO, the inventor of iPhone, the most innovative man in the world and the world's best CEO, died tonight.
I met Steve Jobs in 2008. Not personally, of course. I saw an old colorful iMac in 2001 and liked that. But I did not buy it and did not become an Apple fan. Next I got in touch with Apple products at TYPO3 developer days in 2006. There I really liked MacBook Pros and OS X. They were fantastic compared to my Windows notebook (I had a new good looking Fujitsu-Siemens). In the end of 2007 I bought my own MacBook Pro. And soon I heard about iPhone. "Nothing special", - thought I - "just another phone". Then I saw it and wanted it very much.
Accidentally I came across a Macworld 2007 keynote, where Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone. I had no idea about Steve Jobs at that time. I never heard his name before. So I was not pre-engaged. But the man hook me from first minutes. The power was radiating from him. I watched it again and again. This is the first time when I saw such an inspiring and energetic man. He did not jump like Steve Balmer. He did not speak in high voice like many politicians do. He spoke with love. Love and that feeling of "changing the world" really hooked me. I became a great fan of Steve Jobs and Apple.
Many say he is a paranoid dictator, who engages patent wars and secrecy. But this means nothing to me. To me, Steve Jobs will be always a man, who revolutionized the world of music, computers and mobile phones. He is the one, who inspired others. He is the man, who thought that highest quality is the top priority. He is the man, who wanted to leave a dent in the world. And he definitely did it.
Steve Jobs principles, as I saw them, were quite simple:
- do original
- do it best
- love what you do
That's the goal to success and happiness. You can't do great stuff by mediocre copying. You can get money with this but money do not give happiness. The feeling that you made a good change in the world, makes you happy. And I think Steve was happy in the end.
Good luck to you, Steve Jobs, wherever you are now. Thanks for the lessons given. Your principles will live in many people's minds.