Jobs' life drew to a close as he lost the 8-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He is by no means a saint, but he was a technology revolutionary. Not only did Apple change the realm of personal computing, but the company introduced us to the concept of the smartphone with the debut of the first iPhone in 2007.
Through the early years, his departure from Apple, and eventually his return to Apple in 1997, Jobs never lost his sense of curiosity, exploration and pushing the envelope. It is under his leadership that innovation thrived at Apple and Pixar. He was a genius that looked to hire like-minded individuals and encouraged his teams to never lose their sense of adventure.
He left us with a series of undeniable leadership and life lessons:
- The most enduring innovations marry art and science.
- To create the future, you can't do it through focus groups.
- Never fear failure.
- You cannot connect the dots forward - only backward.
- Listen to the voice in the back of your head that tells you if you're on the right track or not.
- Expect a lot from yourself and others.
- Surround yourself with the most talented people.
- Stay hungry, stay foolish.
- Anything is possible through hard work, determination and a sense of vision.
If I might close with a quote from the 2005 commencement address that Steve Jobs gave at Stanford University:
"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever
encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost
everything - all external exceptions, all pride, all fear of embarrassment
or failure- these things fall away in the face of death, leaving only what
is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are
already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart...Stay hungry.
While the world has lost a visionary, we've not lost his legacy.