Thank You Steve (#ThankYouSteve)

Following today’s sad news of the departure of Apple co-founder and visionary Steve Jobs (effectively “Mr Apple”), I felt compelled enough to send an email to Apple’s “remembering Steve” address [rememberingsteve@apple.com]. They’ll receive millions I’m sure…

I didn’t know Steve personally but I’ve experienced the products his company have produced. I’m well aware that he wasn’t your typical “figurehead” CEO and that his involvement in the genesis, development and re-development of products (to the utmost level of detail) was a significant factor in what differentiated Apple from other “tech” companies. He was either an expert at marketing or at hiring the right people for the job – probably both, but certainly he has driven the successful creation of a brand that is truly global. He has left a great legacy – and he has employed a great team – keep up the visionary work!

I also encountered a weird phenomena on my work Mac this morning – which I tweeted about:

My work iMac took far longer than normal to boot today – I think it did it as a mark of respect… #ThankYouSteve

Fundamentally whatever you achieve as a person in this world (be it acclaimed by millions or gratefully received by one) doing something to improve a situation is the key. Whatever you do, do it well. Don’t seek the glory but if you do receive praise, accept it humbly. The people that get this round the wrong way remind me of an old Chinese / Greek / Kenyan / Swahili (can’t find the originator but my money’s on the Chinese) proverb “Empty pots make the loudest noise”. The Greek philosopher Plato apparently put it “As empty vessels make the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest blabbers” (though that’s obviously been translated so I can’t vouch for the accuracy – somehow I don’t think Plato used the word “blabber”). Supposedly Shakespeare referenced the saying too in “King Lear” and “Henry V” – though I can’t find precisely where – the web is great at providing vague information 😉 Anyway, the etymology (ooh look at me, with me ‘igh falutin’ words!) of the term is not important, what does matter is that you make an effort to fill your pot so much that it overflows and others gain from your efforts. Never fill it selfishly but give what you receive – if everyone could work to that end imagine how different this world would be to live in… [cue: Louis Armstrong “What A Wonderful World”]