Ten years ago, the co-founder of Apple passed away, Steve Jobs At the age of 56, after a years-long battle with cancer, his mark went beyond the limits of Apple, to competitors and partners in the business world. Even some young people today, whether they are software engineers or not, look to Jobs’ creativity and success as a source of inspiration.
Bill Gates and Steve Jobs may be the most well-known “tech friends.” Despite the 30-year conflict between Microsoft and Apple, Gates and Jobs became friends. After Jobs’ death, Gates posted on Twitter: “For those fortunate enough to work with Steve, it was an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve so much.”
“He’s been charming at over-stimulating people,” Gates told the Armchair Expert podcast. “As for me, I was a little wizard so I couldn’t fall under his spells – but I could see him casting spells, and then I would look at the people and see them bewitched.”
In a September 2019 interview with the Wall Street Journal, Gates noted that Jobs had an innate talent for engaging audiences, even while promoting a disappointing product.
As for the current CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, he believes that some mentors may leave you ready, but not ready.
Shortly before his death, Jobs handed over his position to Tim Cook. But even Cook, who has spent 14 years learning directly from Jobs, says he did not feel ready to take his predecessor’s place.
In his 2019 graduation speech at Stanford University, Cook shared a valuable lesson from his mentor: “Fourteen years ago, Steve stood on this podium and told your ancestors, ‘Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.'”
Cook described the loneliness he felt after Jobs’ death, saying that the experience taught him the crucial distinction between “readiness” and “readiness”. He warned the students that when it was time to lead, in any capacity, they wouldn’t be ready – and that’s okay.
As for Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman, what Jobs inspired her most was “simplicity”.
Among his most well-known legacies, Whitman told the Wall Street Journal, Jobs’ approach to product design. She quoted a portion of Jobs speaking to Business Week in 1998 in which he said, “Simple can be more difficult than complex. You have to work hard to clean up your thinking to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
As for Apple’s chief designer, Jony Ive, the most important lesson he learned from Jobs was: “The desire to learn is far more important than the desire to be right.”
“He was without a doubt the most curious person I’ve ever met,” he wrote in an article. His insatiable curiosity was not constrained or distracted by his knowledge or experience, nor was it accidental or passive.
This curiosity, she wrote, was vital to Jobs’ success, especially because other people were often inclined to explore what they already knew and what they felt safe with.
“Our curiosity calls for learning,” Eve said. For Steve, the desire to learn was far more important than the desire to be right.
As for the most inspiring person on the planet today, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the most important lesson for him from Jobs is: “The ability to attract and motivate great people.”
“I would like one chance to speak with Jobs,” he tweeted on Monday.
Musk, who is sometimes compared to Jobs because of his vision of the future, said in a 2018 interview with Autobild.tv that he has long admired Jobs. Noting that his ability to grow Apple by attracting top talent and earning employee loyalty is something Musk is trying to do at Tesla.