That’s not original. It’s a hashtag from Twitter. But that isn’t the point. Nor does it matter. This is not a post that will chronicle Steve Jobs’ history or products and those writers at Wired.com and the NewYorker can just write a much better profile than I can.
I just want to thank Steve Jobs for the difference he made to my life. It’s been a series of long conversations and child-like excitement over Steve Jobs and Apple products that I have shared with Ritwik. I have been labelled an ‘Apple fan-girl’ and seen many rolling eyes because of my loyalty to Apple and alleged craziness over the products. And yes, I dream of having an Apple house someday. It doesn’t matter. People thinking I am crazy or rolling their eyes or calling me a spoilt brat because I insist on Apple and my very indulgent father doesn’t say no. Because you have to use the products to see that they are what you need. And they change your life.
The Stanford Commencement Address, the Mac ad dedicated to all the crazy people who changed the world and various pieces of the many, many inspirational things Jobs said are floating around Twitter and Facebook today, like they should, We have lost a genius, a man who is irreplaceable and honestly, I don’t know if a prodigy exists.
Steve Jobs came into my life with Ritwik’s iPhone 3GS followed by my own iPhone 3G. I fell in love with the device. I loved how Jobs wanted to make it idiot-proof and did. I loved how it came with no manual because Jobs had made it such that your intuition would be your manual. You would need nothing else. That’s when my love affair with Apple began and Steve Jobs’ ideas became a guide for troubled times.
Steve Jobs taught me :
– Simplicity is the hardest thing to achieve. It takes a hell lot of experience and a transcendental knowledge of what you are out to create. It is also, the most important. It is what will separate the ‘incomparable’ from the best. Look at the design of everything that Apple makes. It takes genius to strip a product of everything that seems superfluous while ensuring that the user yearns for nothing.
– Do what makes you happy and keeps you interested. It will never be wasted. A random calligraphy class taken in college tied up to making the perfect personal computer. Every single detail will be important. It will all tie up. Even reading old emails will be useful, someday.
– Obsession is a pre-requisite to perfection and greatness. You have to be consumed with what you are doing. You cannot ‘have a life’. Your job has to BE your life. That’s not a sad way to live, it’s the best. It’s awesome, it’s thrilling and I have goosebumps just writing about such a life. Check out the ‘Careers’ column on the Apple site – This isn’t your cushy corporate nine-to-fiver. Fortunately. That’s what Apple is, its employees’ life. I don’t think Jobs believed in a work-life balance. I don’t think he understood it.
– Perfection is important. Every single detail counts. It’s only when everything is perfect will you get the satisfaction of a job well-done and a lasting, glowing pride in your creation. So no matter how much two-hour long arguments in the middle of exams over the font of the Premchand publicity poster irritated me, they were important. They are the reason why I am so proud of the end result. And why it still occupies a place of pride in my room.
– Treat your work like you would treat a lover. Don’t settle till you find the right job. When you find it, you will know.
– Like he said in the Stanford Commencement Address
“Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life”
Trust that every time things go wrong. many years later, you will be glad they did. They will have churned some interesting surprises that may not have been there had they gone ‘right’. Keep the positive spirit going.
I have loved Steve Jobs’ arrogance. It makes me smile to think of a man who was confident enough to believe that it was not the job of the consumer to know what he wants. He snubbed everyone who believe that being a micro-manager and control-freak would be detrimental for business. He showed us that since most people do not have the mental capacity to think out of the box, their opinions are not important, and thus, democracy only works in politics, it at all.
Anyone reading this already knows all of this. But like I said, I just wanted to thank Steve Jobs for being such an inspiration and for reminding me that I am right, during times of confusion and self-doubt. I love iProducts. And Jobs, rest in peace, if it’s possible for you to do that.
Posted from my MacBook 🙂