Thursday, October 6, 2011

Calligraphy and Steve Jobs


     


As i type this post, i can hear the sound of drums beating in my neighborhood.  For today , India celebrates Vijaydashmi or Dussehra, an Important Hindu festival which marks the  eternal victory of Good over Evil.

But while we celebrate Dussehra, the world mourns.  It mourns the loss of Steve Jobs, Co founder of Apple and one of the greatest CEOs the world has known.  Steve was a visionary, a thinker, a doer and a legend.

 A college drop out, he proved that expensive education did not necessarily translate into stupendous success. Belief in yourself, a capacity to see the larger picture and a do or die attitude was required to be a world leader.  In his famous 'Stay Hungry Stay Foolish' speech delivered at Stanford University in 2005 he shared 3 stories of his life.

The first story was the 'Joining of Dots'.  When it was time to create fonts for the Macintosh computer, his calligraphy classes taken a decade back ,came to wonderful use.

He said, 

" 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".

The second story he shared was about 'Love and Loss'  After being fired form Apple at the age of 30 and jobless, he continued with his love and passion for his work.  He founded NeXT, an animation Studio which was bought by Apple and marked his re entry  to Apple.

He said,

"I'm pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn't been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. 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."

His third story was about Death.  He was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. The docs told him he had limited time.  Miraculously,  later it was found to be a curable form of cancer . After having encountered death at such close quarters, he said,

"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."

The world will always remember your contribution to this world and hail you for  being a harbinger of change.  You are immortal Steve Jobs.  RIP.