Today is the 62nd anniversary of Steve Jobs’ birth

Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955. February 24, 2016 would have been his 62nd birthday, had the co-founder of Apple Inc. had not succumbed to complications from pancreatic cancer on October 5, 2011.

That day, the world lost a visionary genius and a charismatic revolutionary.

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.

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.

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet, death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it, and that is how it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. — Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs on his 1966 BMW R60/2 motorcycle, 1981 (Photo by Charles O’Rear, National Geographic Image Collection, Washington, D.C.)
Steve Jobs on his 1966 BMW R60/2 motorcycle, 1981 (Photo by Charles O’Rear, National Geographic Image Collection, Washington, D.C.)

 

MacDailyNews Take: We miss you, Steve!

We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it. – Steve Jobs

19 Comments

    1. Apple today is a shell of what Jobs built. There has been no real innovation at Apple since Jobs passed.

      Cook and company have been riding his coattails. A monkey could have taken the keys to the empore Jobs spent his whole life building and ridden the momentum.

  1. Thank you, Steve, for bringing so much joy, and so many memories, to my life, both through things you did and said, and for things I experienced in my own life through the use of the products you envisioned.

      1. That was a choice of Jobs “christian” mother who chose to exclude the father. “Christianity had no influence on Jobs, thank God. It is the “christians” of today who support the US “christian” president in banding people form such countries. Thank God our nation of laws stopped that madness.

          1. The point he was making is that if not for a Syrian immigrant to America there would have been no Steven Paul Jobs. Woz is also the son of an immigrant. Bloomberg showed how many American companies were founded by immigrants or their first generation offspring- it is quite a list.

            Immigrants give far more to America than they take and we are all- including the First Peoples – the descendants of migrants from other shores.

            When Europeans invaded the New World to settle, the Native Tribes did not ask for visas, green cards or lock them up in a jail awaiting deportation. Is it not funny that birds and fish are free to migrate but people are bound by artificial boundaries drawn long ago by people long dead. Kind of like being a less restricted serf.

            1. “When Europeans invaded the New World to settle, the Native Tribes did not ask for visas, green cards or lock them up in a jail awaiting deportation.”

              Yeah. And look what it got them. We slaughtered them so we could take over.

  2. I suppose it was too much to ask for you to be more sensible regarding your own health so you might still be with us Steve. Even 62 is comparatively young these days and we should’ve had you another 25-30 years. We can only ponder how different things would be if you were still here. I guess we just have to be glad you were with us at all to start the revolution that has mostly benefited so many.

    1. He wasted 6 months praying (like that is going to fix anything), fasting and crazy diets before following the advice of Doctors. You cannot get that time spent dawdling. Word to the wise: prayer, chanting, fasting, etc does not cure Cancer.

      Steve Jobs is an unfortunate object lesson in how otherwise highly intelligent people can succumb to the bullshit of Religion. If the con men and con women who claim to be faith healers can do as they say, I invite them to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis- a couple of miles from where I am sitting. Come empty the patient rolls of kids who did nothing behaviorally to cause the cancer ravaging their bodies and lives.

      Scientific research at St Jude has changed the outcomes of numerous Cancers and been shared with hospitals and Doctors worldwide. No patient has ever paid for treatment and everyone is welcome regardless of whatever. In Memphis- a city full of Churches, Mosques, Temples and Synagogues- There has never been a report of any patient being cured of cancer by any faith healer or prayer. It is science- evidence based science.

      Had Steve Jobs followed the advice of the Doctors at Stanford he could well have been alive today and enjoying life. That may be a hard thing to say, but it is the truth. Cancer is a thief and it works 24/7/365. It is not a respecter of persons and fears no sky god.

      1. Prayer may not have healed his cancer (hard to prove), but it might have led him to quickly realize he needed to get his God-given body to competent medical resources for help. I, for one, wish he had.

  3. “I was born in San Francisco, California, USA, planet Earth, February 24, 1955. I was adopted at birth. My biological mother was a young, unwed graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption.
    I had a pretty normal childhood. I grew up in Silicon Valley, my parents moved from San Francisco to Mountain View when I was five. It was nice growing up there. I mean the air was very clean; it was a little like being out in the country. I grew up fairly middle-class, lower middle-class. It was the suburbs, on a block with lots of kids. It was like most suburbs in the U.S. It was really the most wonderful place in the world to grow up.”

    Excerpt From: Owens, J.T. “Steve Jobs: The Unauthorized Autobiography.”

  4. Shine on Steve, you crazy diamond!

    Just like Steve ripped Gawker and Brian Chen a big asshole, if he were still here, he’d rip the agent orange squad trolls here at MTDN an even bigger one for the crap they spew here at what used to be a Mac staple website.

  5. Famous ( at one time) song by Neil Diamond applies here. Steve Jobs could fit on the list:
    Lyrics
    “Jesus Christ, Fanny Brice,
    Wolfie Mozart and Humphrey Bogart and
    Genghis Khan and
    On to H. G. Wells.

    Ho Chi Minh, Gunga Din
    Henry Luce and John Wilkes Booth
    And Alexander’s
    King and Graham Bell.

    Ramar Krishna, Mama Whistler,
    Patrice Lumumba and Russ Colombo,
    Karl and Chico Marx,
    Albert Camus.

    E. A. Poe, Henri Rousseau,
    Sholom Aleichem and Caryl Chessman,
    Alan Freed and
    Buster Keaton too

    And each one there
    Has one thing shared:
    They have sweated beneath the same sun,
    Looked up in wonder at the same moon,
    And wept when it was all done

    For being? Done too soon,
    For being? Done too soon.
    For being? Done.”

    Lyrics by Neil Diamond

    30 years in medicine has taught me to hate Cancer and what it does. Last December it took my Mom, which just adds to the list.

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