Steve Jobs was a giant – an innovator who changed not just the world of technology but all of our worlds. In discussions with my colleagues in the areas of information design, interface design, and experience design he was ever-present. His focus on the customer, legendary. His creativity and vision, unparalleled.
The news of his death hit me like a ton of bricks. Memories of me as a young techie wanna be came flooding back, as well as thoughts of him stepping down from Apple on the anniversary of my father’s death, and the overwhelming thought that “cancer just sucks” filled my mind. Contemplation of how one can live a life that affects literally everyone in the world – how one can have the courage to “think differently” and thus create what had never been created before.
As I was wandering around the internet looking for more stories about the man, I found this a CNN article- about the Steve Jobs’ spiritual journey. It is an article that looks at some of the things that drove Steve Jobs, some of the things that he believed, and what he leaned on and learned from as he walked his journey of excellence and impact on this world. Apparently, Steve Jobs found Buddhism during his world travels in India. I find it fascinating that this religious tradition had such an impact on all that he was.
A quote that is included in this CNN article is:
“That’s been one of my mantras: focus and simplicity,” Jobs told Businessweek in 1998. “Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
Rest in Peace, Steve Jobs.