"Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it." - Steve Jobs (Fortune, Nov, 1998).
The 5th of October marks an iconic and sad day for people of America and the world at large. Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, lost the battle against a long and tiring fight with pancreatic cancer. However, his vision lives on, and has changed the world of the common man. His inventions redesigned the base of information technology making it much easier for people to access previously complicated technology with much simpler and accessible interfaces. As a guy with science background, I came in touch daily with products of Apple and I couldn't help but marvel at the new iPhone, the iOS, and app store products. I was one of the first to get my hands on the iPad 1, the revolutionary tablet brought to life by the visionary Steve Jobs. It's impossible not to notice the influence his products have in the day-to-day life of people around the globe. As a scientist, I salute the man who changed the world, not by war or violence or politics, but by the technology driven by a determined lionhearted vision.
Improving people: In everyday life, we tell stories about people who do the unthinkable. We tell stories on how somebody goofed up at a particular instance. But hardly do we go about and tell people how to improve themselves. We don't prep people for problems they might face in normal life. I used to tell my students how to speak better or how to dress well or face an unexpected situation. These things seem small to an outsider, but to the person you support, it gives them a glimmer of hope and motivation. Steve Jobs was a leader and had one vision for all. He wanted people to be better, and not feel better. He believed his job was to do something that improves people from the core and not give them a superficial feeling of well-being.
Focus on excellence: Steve Jobs' character was defined by his focus on excellence. His determination to excel and make products that were of infallible quality put him amongst the leaders of the Information Technology world. In day-to-day life, it is quite easy to lose focus. Daily, we interact with a multitude of people from different fields and in the end of the day; we are but cynical about target in life. For those who tried, being in focus is a herculean task determined by your inherent nature. This determination to be in focus and deliver excellence at every step of life, defined Steve Jobs.
Changing the world: Steve Jobs changed the way the world moved solely by the use of his intellect. But did he start out to become a well-known figure? Did he plan to become famous? The answer is no. If he wanted, probably, he would have sided into politics. There are many stories of people who have changed the world through politics, but he was perhaps the first in the world to change the world through his career. At an early stage of life, he realized that all that was required was to be the best and striving for new ideas. He listened to all ideas with an open ear and gave them breathing place in his innovation laboratories. He was a perfect example of having future vision, doing things fast and doing them perfectly. If we do our job wholeheartedly and with vision, even we can change the way the world moves.
The simplest thing we can learn from Steve, is to be a person of vision and strive to be great. May his soul rest in peace.