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I read this morning, 06 October 2011 (Malaysian time) with sadness, the passing of one of the greatest inventors of our time, a truly remarkable man, Steve Jobs. When he resigned as Apple CEO last August 2011, we thought he might still come back to continue with his dream of making the world an exciting place through technology. But sadly it is not to be.

I am sure you can read all about him in the internet using the device that he invented. I have seen the joy on the faces of those who use their iPods and iPads everywhere they go and not to mention the iPhone which gives so much delights and transform how we see and navigate the world. In short, Steve’s innovations have revolutionized the way we communicate and deal with information.

An internet in your pocket? Only Steve Jobs could have thought of it!

I would like to quote his commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005:

Quote:“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 expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure—these things just 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.

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.”

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.” Unquote

Two years earlier in 2003, he was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer.

Six years and a couple more of innovative Apple products later, he is dead.

Steve Jobs, you have made this world immeasurably better with your vision and talent. Thank you Steve,we will miss you and that you will live on forever in our hearts. May you rest in peace.

Steve Jobs's silouette on an Apple - Credit Jonathan Mak (Hong Kong's Design Student)

ON REFLECTION: To all of us, remember, death is the greatest equalizer but life is a celebration of all of our achievements. And so keep looking for something good to achieve before we die.


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