Today is the 63rd anniversary of Steve Jobs’ birth

Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955. Today would have been his 63rd 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, a brilliant showman, a focused perfectionist, and a charismatic disruptor.

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! Gone far too soon.

On the day, and for many days after, of Steve’s death, those who know us consoled us on his passing as if a close family member of ours had died. Was our love for Steve really that obvious?! The depth of those condolences offered to us as Steve passed will always stick with us.

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

21 Comments

      1. He was a genius in many ways…
        but title of “ no better man “????

        Ask his family ‘herself’ and old partners..
        “no better man “???

        Auramac .. i believe most of the people u addressed( me and amost of us) are better … not in business matters.. but social matters and empathy matters !

  1. 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.
    I was very lucky. My father, Paul, was a pretty remarkable man. He joined the coast guard in World War II and ferried troops around the world for General Patton; and I think he was always getting into trouble and getting busted down to Private I think is the lowest rank. He was a machinist by trade and worked very hard. He was kind of a genius with his hands.

    Excerpt from Steve Jobs: The Unauthorized Autobiography

  2. I was drive home from work when I heard about Steve’s death over the radio! I cried so much! It was so painful to hear the news! I knew humanity lost big! It will be another 100 years before the planet gets another Steve Jobs! If ever!

  3. Only 63? If not for his health hubris he might still be with us. The one area most important for him personally not to try to personally “innovate” on himself and be wrong about. Sad. Missing Steve tremendously. We and your family & friends should have had you MUCH longer.

  4. I think of Steve Jobs often and what he has meant to me and my life both personally and professionally. I so wish that he had his health and was still with us. I truly think Apple would be so different. And we would have had “the next great thing” by now.
    God bless him and his family.

    1. Yes, if Steve was still with us Apple would be very different today.

      Gone would be political activism, vain coffee table books, releasing half-baked software and ignorance of the very CORE of Apple — MacPros.

      Gone would be wasted billions on Project Titan and car executives that has yet to bear fruit.

      Gone would be wasted efforts on Apple TV, on several levels, that continues to hire executives with little to show for it.

      And yes, the next “big thing” — LONG OVERDUE — would already be here …

  5. Steve and I are the same age. Having worked with his little electronic children since 1986, he did feel like part of my family. I still care for more than 50 of his eKids of all kinds and sizes and think of him ever single day, especially when I boot one up for the first time and welcome the little thing into the world 🙂 . What a horrible loss when so many who don’t deserve to breathe on this planet still live on. Life is definitely not fair. And it hurts. Still.
    Miss you Steve. Hope to see you again….but not too soon.

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