When I initial saw it, my initial reaction was: “Is it a joke?” I immediately did a search for “Steve Jobs” and saw new articles about his death. Steve Job’s Wikipedia had been updated with his date of death and a section on his death. He seems to have died on October 5, 2011 at the age of 56, and his family issued a statement saying he “died peacefully today.”
Now I cannot say that I know much about Steve Jobs nor do I want to follow the updates about him, Apple, iPod, iPhone or other Apple products. I don’t use any Apple products (not now anyway). To a large extent, I am disinterested when it comes to technological devices, I prefer to focus on the development of our consciousness rather than tangible goods, and hence my work in physical education.
But from what I know about him, Steve Jobs seems like an incredible game change: someone I admire as an inspiring figure who lives a life of excellence. If you have read my articles in PE, you will know that I sometimes cite Steve Jobs as a symbol of excellence. Steve Jobs had repeatedly shown that limitations are on our mind, and it’s a matter of challenging them to achieve our dreams.
Given its impact on our lives, be it your work on personal computers (Apple, Macintosh), mobile phones (iPhone), mp3 players (iPod), music distribution (iTunes), tablets (iPad) or animation (Pixar), I thought Steve deserves a tribute post in PE. Although I don’t use any Apple products, Steve and his team have made it easier for people to work, live and play with their innovations.
This is not something I usually do, but Steve has been a role model for many in terms of how he lived his life and pursued his dreams. We can know him as the man behind Apple / iPhone / iPad / etc., but there is much more to him than being the leader of one of the most valued companies in the world.With this publication, I would like to raise awareness about how boldly he had led his life and 11 lessons of personal development that we can learn from him.
If you’re neutral with Steve Jobs or you’re not a fan of him, that’s fine, for what it’s worth, I’m largely neutral with Steve Jobs and I’m not involved with his life’s work (as mentioned earlier). I look more like someone who respects him distantly as an individual, visionary and game changer. Do not let your neutrality or bias prevent you from learning important life lessons from this man.