If I were to define success, I would say it means “Steve”. By changing the digital world, and thereby bringing in a revolution, Steve Jobs, who died last week, changed the very approach and lifestyles of people all over the world. He dared to rebel and walked the untrodden path. His stress was: Be different and see the difference in your life.
Steve was not only different but made it possible for the rest of mankind to think that they too can be different and agents of change.
I found the best tribute paid to Steve in a tweet, “Three apples have changed the world. One seduced Eve, the second awakened Newton, and the third one was in the hands of Jobs.”
Steve wanted us to always follow our inner voice but give a damn to dogmas and tradition. As if he knew the imminent end of his journey on this planet, he said, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogmas. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions down out your inner voice.”
The man who made the world of technology richer with his iPhone, iPad, iPod and desktop PC, saw to it that the worlds of computing, music and mobile phones were no longer the same.
Steve was a dreamer who could convert and shape his dreams into reality. His passion bordered madness. Until he succeeded in achieving something different and new, his search for new ideas made him ruthless and restless. He used to say, “innovations come from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10.30 at night with a new idea.”
Steve was a prisoner of hope. He was the kind of man who, in the words of Emerson, would hitch his wagon to a star.
The lesson: Don’t vegetate, dare to be a little bit of a rebel. Open up your mind, and the whole world will open up for you. Steve Jobs did that because he knew that “without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”- Khalil Gibran.