A client friend of mine sent me a link to the streaming of Apple’s Remembering Steve event, so I took the time to watch it. It was quite touching at times. I was also inspired by the comments that were made about him by people who knew him best.
It was great to see such a huge turnout at the event. People really loved him, and for good reason. He made this world a better place by being here, and I, for one, am very grateful for him having passed this way. I learned a lot from him business wise, and I am also quite the Apple fanboy, although I don’t wear it on my sleeve.
I knew the very first time I laid my eyes on a Mac that it would be hugely successful. I even wrote down in my journal to make sure I bought Macs for my business. It was one of those “Blink” moments, you know? If you’re not sure what I am referring to, read Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. Great book, as well as his other books, Outliers and The Tipping Point. If you don’t want to wait until you get the book to find out what I’m talking about, then watch this video.
The commemorative speeches were great. In fact, I liked one speech so much that I transcribed it and posted it below. Not only is it clever and witty, but it also gives you a peak into a side of Steve that we never saw much, as he was a very private guy.
Here are some of the things they had to say about Steve:
Steve’s philosophy on life: “The joy of life is in the journey.”
“Steve never followed the hurd.”
“He always did what was right, not what was easy.”
“He valued beauty in everything.”
“He pushed himself and those around him incredibly hard to achieve more.”
“One more thing he leaves us. He leaves us with each other.”
“Without him, Apple would have died in the late nineties.”
“He thought about Apple until his last day.”
“He saw Disney paralyzed after Walt died, because they all asked what Walt would do. So he advised those at Apple to never ask what he would do. He told them to just do what’s right.”
The famous ad, “Here’s to the Crazy Ones” was meant more for the employees and for the company as a whole than for the customers. Steve crafted every word of this ad. He didn’t want the ad to be about him. He wanted it to be about Apple. So he didn’t run the ad with his voiceover.
Here is a rare video of Steve introducing the commercial to the Apple team for the first time. This video gives you great insight as to how Steve approached marketing with his beloved company:
Here’s the ad with Steve doing the voiceover:
And here is how the ad ran, with the voice of actor Richard Dreyfuss:
Here is the script from the commercial:
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
And I didn’t know this existed, but here is the full version of “Think Different”:
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
We make tools for these kinds of people.
While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
More comments about Steve…
“He demanded excellence in everything he created.”
“In the last years, he made sure that those he loved knew it.”
“When producing Siri [the voice recognition software in the iPhone 4S], Steve Jobs asked, ‘Are you a man or a woman!’ Siri: ‘They have not assigned me a gender, sir!'”
“Steve Jobs is the only one in the world who can create products of technology that people love.” – Al Gore
Al Gore also noted this interesting study that I paraphrased from his speech at the event…
Steve Jobs had the uncanny ability to create products of technology that people actually love. A neuroscientist conducted a study to see whether or not the iPhone and the iPad were addictive. So he studied the parts of the brain that were fired off when people used them. After numerous tests and focus groups, he came to the conclusion that the parts of the brain that were fired off while using the iPhone and the iPad were not that of addiction, but that of love.
And the Steve Jobs quote that Al Gore ended his commemorating speech with was the following:
“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” – Steve Jobs
Al Gore’s main theme in his speech was love. Interesting. I guess that tends to be one’s focus as one gets older. Either that or he really loves Steve Jobs. But then again, who doesn’t?
If you’d like to watch Al Gore’s speech, check it out below…
Here are a few comments that Jonathan Mak made about Steve Jobs…
“For Steve Jobs, every day was like Christmas morning, and nothing could shake that feeling.”
“Here was a man who knew precisely what the future looked like, and had no patience for anyone or anything who got in the way. Not a second was to be wasted. The vision was too important. This is what he meant in that famous Stanford commencement speech: “your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.’ ”
As stated above, Steve’s philosophy on life drove him. It was what made Apple Apple, and it’s also how Steve was able to make one of the most incredible corporate turnarounds in corporate history.
One quote that Steve heard when he was young came to be the driving force of his ambition.
Steve explains it this way…
“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.’ It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
And lastly, Jony (pronounced “Johnny”) Ive, Senior Vice President of Industrial Design at Apple Inc., gave a brilliant speech commemorating Steve Jobs at the “Celebrating Steve” event. It was so good, that I decided to transcribe it for you and post it below. I hope you enjoy it.
And Steve, wherever you are, THANK YOU for all that you did while you were here. Because of you, my mother can read with ease…because of you, my father no longer has to have me fix the computer every time I visit…and because of you, my life has changed forever from the lessons you taught me both about business, and about life. You rock!
Transcription of Jony Ive’s Speech Commemorating Steve Jobs
As I’m sure many of you know, Steve didn’t confine his sense of excellence to making products. You know when we traveled together, we would check in, and I’d go up to my room, and I’d leave my bags very neatly by the door, and I wouldn’t unpack. And I would go and sit on the bed…I would go and sit on the bed next to the phone, and I would wait for the inevitable phone call, “Hey Johnny. This hotel sucks. Let’s go!”
He used to joke that the lunatics had taken over the asylum as we shared a giddy excitement spending months and months working on a part of a product that nobody would ever see, or not with their eyes. But we did it because we really believed that it was right, because we cared. He believed that there was a gravity, almost a sense of civic responsibility, to care way beyond any sort of functional imperative.
When the ideas didn’t come, and when the prototypes failed, it was with great intent, with faith, he decided to believe we eventually would make something great.
You can see his smile, can’t you. The celebration of making something great for everybody. Enjoying the defeat of cynicism. The rejection of reason. The rejection of being told 100 times, “You can’t do that.” So his, I think, was a victory for beauty, for purity, and as he would say, “for giving a damn.”
He was my closest and my most loyal friend. We worked together for nearly 15 years, and he still laughed at how I said “aluminium”.
Here is the video of Jony’s speech:
And here is one of Steve’s favorite bands performing at this event…Coldplay!
Here is Norah Jone’s beautiful performance of “Forever Young” at the event…
If you would like to see the entire event, go here: