Steve Jobs died a year ago today and it genuinely was one of the saddest days of my life. I’ve no shame in admitting the fact that i cried for a man i had no personal connection with that day.
I had neither seen him in person nor did i ever work for him. Heck, i tried and failed to get one of his famous one-liner email responses and yet it feels like i’ve lost someone close to me.
That is the power of great people and Steve Jobs was one of them. If i had the power to immortalise a single human being on this planet then i would have immortalised him with no second thought. But there is a reason why we human beings are mortals and nobody put it better than the great man himself:
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.
Steve jobs was a man who inspired and will continue to inspire people to do great things for many years to come. Would Apple be better off with Steve Jobs at the helm? Hell, Yes. But the time has come for us Apple fans to move on and be excited about whats ahead for the company that Steve Jobs created and resurrected.
Apple has changed a lot in the past one year but in many ways it hasn’t. Apple is still the most valuable company on the planet and the company is bringing in billions of dollars in profit every quarter. The company still values design-focused engineering.
One of the things that has changed is company’s corporate culture (Some would say for the better) and that is the way it should be. Tim Cook is no Steve Jobs and to his credit he hasn’t tried to be one. Tim Cook is now the captain of the ship who was hand-picked by Jobs himself. When i look at Tim Cook i see a man who understands his strengths and weaknesses. He looks very Steely and at the same time he has done things like paying attention to company’s far-east supply chain issues and things are certainly getting better on that front. He even kick-started the Company’s Charity matching program. He even apologised publicly for a less than stellar launch of the Apple Maps application. In many ways, Tim Cook is humanizing Apple.
Humanizing Apple is one thing but keeping Apple at the top of the heap is a different ball game altogether. We don’t know what the future holds for the Company but this is an exciting time to be an Apple fan. We will really know the true mettle of Tim Cook and Co in the coming years. The future is uncertain and that is why it is exciting.
John Gruber once said:
Jobs’s greatest creation isn’t any Apple product. It is Apple itself.
Now it is up-to Tim Cook and Co to prove Gruber right in the long run.
“Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.” and take a look at Apple’s Brilliant tribute to Steve Jobs.
Steve Jobs: One Year Later (Reading List)