Steve Jobs and his legacy

It seems everyone has written something about Steve Jobs that is very outstanding and I must say, the man deserves all the accolades. However, it beats me to note that people seem to get this super recognition status after they die. I suspect it has something to do with what you did when they were alive.
All of a sudden, Steve’s witty sayings have sprung out all over the internet like Aristotle. Or maybe it I wasn’t looking in the right direction. Because, you don’t have search hard this time to find Steve’s quotes. They are everywhere. He spoke outstanding words that should make us rethink the way we approach everything. And when I say everything, I mean everything!

I have read so many articles on Steve Jobs lately, I can almost say I know the man personally. But its really interesting though, that in his short 56 years, he left a legacy that changed our lives and world forever. The way we look at design, the way we look at technology, the way we look at style, the way we look at products, the way we give our services, the way we derive satisfaction, the things we should expect, the way we look at ourselves etc. He redefined what we commonly called user experience. He made us see the possibilities that we only longed for but seemed no one was giving it to us. He brought satisfaction to the bare. Whenever you picked up any Apple product, you can almost bet you have bought a perfect product. You try to look for flaws but its hard to find any. There might be but its not something you can’t live without. Thats the Apple trademark. Excellence.
Steve took Apple from bankruptcy to become the most valuable company in the world, beating ExxonMobil in its wake. This is a testimony to the incredible effort of Steve Jobs and the Apple family. He made us to understand how important it is to meet a need that people silently craved for. Something they will pay anything for but no one was providing it.

My First Experience

I remember my days in the University, everytime I picked up a text and I came across sections that spoke about how to do things on Macintosh Computers, most times, I would skip it. I wondered whether people used the Macintosh at all. Well maybe in the US or other parts of the world but here in my country Nigeria, I doubted that. People had not even appreciated using the PC except for Typing Documents and the likes. At the time, I was doing just fine with my PC and that was that.

When I got my first job, I was employed as a programmer and that was my first date with the Apple iMac. ‘My God! what was this?’ I looked at this sleek looking piece of Monitor sitting on the shiny green glass table. I became a little skeptical at first. After looking at it for sometime, it looked like a cute dump terminal. There was no CPU sitting anywhere around. So I wondered, does this make any sense because this Terminal looks sleek? A cute dump terminal is nothing but dump, period. Dump terminals my foot! But I saw my boss work up to the “Monitor”, switched it on and the thing just started up like a regular PC. Pretty sweet start up screen with all this matte looking icons sitting at the bottom of the screen. I was fascinated by this “Monitor” to say the least. He (my boss) then asked someone to pull another one from its pack and they laid it on the table. He switched that on as well and viola, this thing just came to life. The screen gave me goose pimples. It was so amazing. I know I might sound a little old-fashioned but that was three years ago. After that first encounter, the rest is history…

Today, I have a MacBook Pro and I tell you, it is one of the most valuable assets in my possession. Not because of its price, but because of its worth. I have never worried about virus attack for its three years as my baby. Now that’s one edge over my now-museum-looking PC (I will keep the make of this PC anonymous not to course any issue) that I have had to use almost half of its hard drive space for Antivirus. This baby (my MacBook Pro) just never goes down. The ease of use, the ruggedness and the sheer total user experience is something else. Quality in design and attention to detail has become a signatory we associate we Apple computers and other Apple devices today. Thanks to Steve Jobs.

Steve was/is a genius

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.

Indeed, Steve found what he loved and settled. With the advent of the Apple iPad, the world has not remained the same again. Most times when a new product like the Tablets is presented to consumers, there will be some difficulties of use, changes that needs to be made and all that. When the iPad came, it just sat on top on the everyone’s purchase list. It became the next thing not just because it is natural for humans to crave for something new but the quality of what this new invention met. Don’t forget, the iPhones has raised the bar on smartphones already.

I don’t intend to write a whole lengthy article on my respect for Steve Jobs, his legacy and the Apply Family but I have to say this, Steve taught us how to raise the bar whether as consumers or as producers. The i prefix on Apple products was originally meant to denote Internet, but I must say, Steve made it sound like Ingenious, Incredible, Invincible to me. The iPhones, the iPads, the iMacs, the MacBooks Pros, the MacBook Air and all other products we have come to love would always be a benchmark for devices of its like for a very long time, until someone beats this legacy which I doubt. Rather, people would build on it.

With much love to Steve Jobs’ family and the entire Apple family, I celebrate the life of a man we have all come to love and are grateful he left us a legacy that the next generation would be proud of. We would never build products without user experience and satisfaction as number one factor again. We would never stop or settle until we get the best of the best. We would never give up until we produce inventions that defies the norm. Never again.

Thanks Steve. RIP.

If you are interested, you may want to read up the last two articles I read; Steve Jobs, a designer at heart and The Foolish Road of Steve Jobs and how it can work for you.

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