While on my way back to Mozambique I heard, like the rest of the world, via Facebook and Twitter of the death of Steve Jobs (CEO Apple, modern day Architect, entrepreneur, visionary).  There was a lot to learn about Steve Jobs and his way of doing things!  Graeme Codrington shares a few amazing things we can learn from Steve who died on Wednesday (05 October 2011) from cancer:

  • One man can change the world. It will probably work best with a great team and a growing tribe, but one man can change the world.
  • You don’t have to be normal. You can break the rules.
  • You don’t have to listen to all the voices. You can give people what they need, and not just what they want and what they know to ask for.
  • There are second chances.
  • You can change the world. Steve Jobs devoted his life to giving human beings the most powerful devices ever to be put into the hands of individuals (you’re reading this on one of them). He has given me power and abilities that were only available to royalty just a few centuries ago.
  • Beauty matters. Design wins. Do gorgeous work.
  • Steve Jobs showed us that presentations can be exciting, visually stimulating, enriching and uplifting. We should not copy his unique style, but we should understand the principles that made his presentations so compelling: simplicity, personality, visually gorgeous, “edu-taining”.
  • The 1950s were a great time to be born. Baby Boomers are a privileged generation.
  • You can keep doing what you love until you die. You don’t have to retire. No-one is asking, “If he was that sick, why did Steve keep working to the end?” Everyone knows the answer.
  • Cancer sucks!
  • And finally, his death to cancer teaches me that no matter how rich, powerful, connected, clever or technology advanced you are, death comes to us all. I need to live my life in the knowledge that this life is not all there is. I don’t know what Steve Jobs believed would happen after he died – whatever he believed, he now knows the truth. Each of us will soon know that truth too; some sooner than later; some sooner than we think. We need to be sure we are ready to face that. I am. Are you?
RIP Steve Jobs. Thank you. Your legacy is assured.