Last week, the world reacted to the resignation of Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple, Inc. He is formally replaced by his long-time apprentice Tim Cook.
Cook served as temporary CEO of Apple during Jobs’ medical leaves so I was not surprised when Steve Jobs asked the board to execute the succession plan and chose Tim Cook. What I was surprised about is the amount of news coverage about Steve Jobs. The news throughout the week were bitter-sweet commemorating all the good things about Steve Jobs and what he had contributed in Apple.
Most of the blog posts were emotional and paid countless tributes to Steve Jobs. When Bill Gates and Eric Schmidt resigned as CEO of Microsoft and Google respectively, the press coverage wasn’t like this. Fan boys and Apple enthusiasts wept. Some comments even sounded like obituaries.
I admire Steve Jobs a lot because the man is a genius. If you do not know about Steve Jobs, you can read these 11 must-read essays about Steve Jobs as recommended by Business Insider.
Connecting the dots (about the future)
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
About love and lost
“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”
About life and death
“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.”
There are more nuggets of wisdom and inspirational quotes from Steve Jobs collected by The Wall Street Journal and Mac Stories. Business Insider also has 13 Most Memorable Quotes from Steve Jobs. Better yet, go ahead at Wikiquotes and find quotes attribute to Steve Jobs.
Some of these quotes paid homage to Steve Jobs in OS X Lion “All My Files” icon. You have to zoom in closely to see it.
I could go on and on writing about Steve Jobs but many writers have done this last week already. To give you a better picture about his career and contributions to Apple, here are 8 infographics about Steve Jobs:
Steve Jobs is not only known as the founder and CEO of Apple but also an inventor with an attention to detail. New York Times has an interactive list of Apple patents from desktop computers to iPods, iOS devices, laptops and other oddities. Among the group of inventors, the name Steven P. Jobs appeared a few times.
And one more thing… How about the iconic outfit? We will definitely miss this iconic wardrobe on stage. Steve Jobs definitely has more than one pair of those but he demonstrated that if you found one style that works for you, stick with it.
You can get the exact black St. Croix Microfiber Mock Turtlenecks, Levi’s 501 jeans and New Balance 991 sneakers from your favorite retailer way cheaper than what’s on the picture below.
While Steve Jobs resigned as CEO, he will stay at the company as chairman of the board. Let’s wish Steve Jobs the best of health.