As the whole world is mourning the passing of one of the giants in this era who has contributed to shape the tech world to where it is now, felt like I should jot down my two cents of the man in my diary.
Even though he is best known for his creativity, vision and entrepreneurship, in my opinion they are secondary to the wave he truly brought. It is the sense of hope and inspiration to the world.
Society is hierarchical in nature. Usually higher levels have more power and leeway at choosing their own destiny while like or not middle and lower have fewer chances. Steve Jobs’ life story is a fairy tale of my era which stands as a testimony to say that even the most humble man can change the world in outpouring proportions. This in my opinion might be the best thing that can happen to a society and I believe the modern American tech hub benefited most out of it. Generally people make idols out of people with power which usually means politicians whom even the best represent egotism rather than the talent. However, Steve Jobs represented the success based on skill and hard work which made him a better role model and an inspiration to the world.
How many might have inspired from the life of Steve Jobs directly or indirectly? I can attest that I’m one, and Vesess for another. As a successful startup it’s not uncommon we come across one of his famous quotes or quirk in his latest product in our usual day-to-day chit chat. So if a team in the other side of the world resonated with his life story, it’s a testimony to his influence.
This kind of influence doesn’t just come with skills. I’m sure there are more creative designers and more skillful entrepreneurs among the small crowd of 6 billion. However there’s a sense of destiny and fate in his life story, which is unique and a good study in itself to learn about phases of the life. Even though I earlier mentioned his life story a fairly tale, this isn’t a typical one where the protagonist is a goody-two-shoe. His life is congested with extreme successes, failures, light and dark and he was man enough to accept it. This surely made it easier for everyone to approach him without putting him on a pedestal who can do no wrong.
For me, his greatest legacy is his own life story more than any other.
As a closing tribute and a fellow Buddhist, may he attain Nibbana and be out of the cycle of suffering.