Steve Jobs : Living Tribute

by Naomi on October 6, 2011

in Bulletin Board

What a landmark day for the world – 5 October 2011 – seeing the passing of Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, aged 56. The profound impact of his phenomenal life reaches beyond borders and through psyches to touch so many of us in some way or another.

The first thing we found on Facebook this morning (courtesy of Tim Goodenough, co-author of In the zone with South Africa’s sports heroes and Mental Toughness expert at RugbyIQ.com) was the following unforgettable address that Steve gave to Stanford students in 2005. The video is 15 minutes long, every one worth gold. I urge you to watch it through to the end, where he closes with the message to “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” In a word – brilliant.

My mind boggles at how much we would have missed without Steve’s contributions to the world, from the genius of Apple computers and iPhones (he’s Dave’s hero for these) to the genius of animated movies like Toy Story (I reckon he’s my stepson’s hero for this). But most of all we’d be poorer if he hadn’t shared the inspiration that sets him apart as a global thought leader and business icon.

An article from Forbes.com, Quote Box: Apple’s Steve Jobs remembered, shares a collection of tributes from key influencers, including this one:

“I believe history will remember Steve Jobs as one of the greatest innovators of all time, the Thomas Edison of the 21st Century. And I will also remember him as someone who had my total admiration for his unwavering dedication to improving mankind.” – U.S. Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif.

Bill Gates said this a few hours ago on Twitter: “For those of us lucky enough to get to work with Steve, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.” He included a link to a message on his site, The Gates Notes. (Promise I didn’t copy his site title, having just come across it :-))

From a personal perspective, there is sadness attached to the illness (pancreatic cancer) that Steve suffered from before his passing, especially because my father succumbed to the same fate in 1998, aged 62. My heart goes out to Steve’s family for all that they have been through, and my deepest condolences are with them now. By strange synchronicity, 5 October was also my father’s birthday.

On that note, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Jamie Dedes, a uniquely special soul, who invited me to share my experience in relation to my father’s disease, in a “Perspectives on Cancer Series” that she is featuring on her blog, Into the Bardo . . . where I’ve just discovered she has posted her own tribute to Steve Jobs: PERSPECTIVES ON CANCER #23: Steve Jobs “Death is life’s change agent”. (And talking of synchronicity, she has included the same video that you see above. “Great minds”, Jamie ;-))

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Lance October 6, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Naomi,
What a wonderful tribute to a man who was such a visionary for what is possible – in technology…and in life.

Thank you for sharing this, and for sharing how your own family dealt with cancer.

With care,
Lance

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Naomi October 6, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment, Lance. I really appreciate it and am sending you a big SA hug! Naomi

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Kate Shrewsday October 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm

In tears here, Naomi. Steve Jobs was a most inspirational leader, a truly brilliant and deeply good man. Thanks you so much for posting this.

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Naomi October 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Oh, Kate, was a beautiful person you are. Thanks so much for appreciating this post and adding your thoughts, which are always treasured. MWAH!

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Tammy October 6, 2011 at 2:27 pm

My favorite part of the video is about connecting the dots after the fact and I’m certain that Steve is still doing it.

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Naomi October 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Profoundly said, Tammy – just the way we know and love you :-) Thank you for sharing this…

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JamieDedes October 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm

This is a sad day indeed. As you say, Naomi, acceptance is key.

Thanks for your contribution to “Into the Bardo” and for your support, encouragement, and shot-out here.

Many blessings,
Jamie

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Naomi October 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Any time, Jamie – thank you for everything you do, for me and many others. I’m so grateful to have connected with you in the “big old” blogosphere! XO

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paul willis (@sonsothunder) October 6, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Very sad, and great loss for sure.
Bless You
paul

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Naomi October 12, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Paul, and blessings back to you.

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nrhatch October 7, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Wise man. My favorite quote:

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma ~ which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. ~ Steve Jobs

thanks, naomi

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Naomi October 12, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Thank you for quoting this, Nancy – so brilliantly expressed, and so much in line with the way you clearly live. Way to go!

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sonsothunder October 13, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Hey there Naomi,
Didn’t mean to offend your vegetarian side…lol,
I think I already told you somewhere along the
way that I only add one element to all my vegan
meals to make them more palatable for me.
MEAT!!! Anyway, Just dropped in after reading
some of your Novel, “Out of Air” and was wondering
if you have it published anywhere yet. I know I
would love reading it in it’s entirety, just from the little
I did read. I love Clive Cussler books, and as one
old salt living on the Coast…well, then not to
mention I know two of the Characters personally.
Danny Gallagher, and Ben Carter…well, okay
not the same Danny and Ben, but, they likely
could be.
Bless You
paul

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Naomi October 14, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Thanks a ton for your great message, Paul – and not to worry, I’m not vegetarian (although an animal lover), nor offended in the least :-)

Also, very cool of you to take the time to read up about my novel, thank you! I really appreciate it, will look into Clive Cussler’s books, and would be interested to meet your mates :-D I’m exploring a few different publishing options at the moment and haven’t made a final decision, but will keep you in the loop…particularly since you’re enquiring as a man because I have a female audience in mind – even thought the book contains tons of adventure, including the strong sailing and scuba diving themes. It would be quite something if men enjoyed it too – especially an “old salt” (love that term)!

Cheers for now & have an awesome weekend,

Naomi

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Jamie Dedes October 26, 2011 at 4:41 am

Even though Steve Jobs death was expected, it was still a shock to all of us here in Silicon Valley. Notes, flowers, candles and so forth all around stores. His work had a profound effect all over the world and here where we are grateful for so many things, not the least of which is the employment of many, many people.

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Naomi October 26, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Thank you so much for your insightful comment, Jamie, and for sharing what is happening there…I didn’t realize you were in Silicon Valley. It’s quite amazing to imagine the extent of Steve Jobs’ reach across the world…

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