Well, most of us know how Steve Jobs struggled through Pancreatic cancer which struck him in 2003. Jobs once described death as “very likely the single best invention of life”.
When diagnosed with cancer, initially he tried natural alternative healing such as becoming a vegan, acupuncture, and herbal remedies. He resisted medicine. Just before his last breath, Steve looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life’s partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them. Mona Simpson, Steve’s sister, writes in an article, “His breath indicated an arduous journey, some steep path, some altitude. He seemed to be climbing. But with that will, that work ethic, that strength, there was also sweet Steve’s capacity for wonderment, the artist’s belief in the ideal, the still more beautiful later.”
You would be surprised to know that his last words were monosyllables, which were repeated three times:
“Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.”
Jobs attention to intricate details was excellent. He even made Google change the yellow gradient of the second ‘o’ in their logo! Jobs experimented with LSD a few times claiming that it was a “profound experience” and “one of the most important things” in his life. Simpson also says, “Novelty was not Steve’s highest value. Beauty was. For an innovator, Steve was remarkably loyal. If he loved a shirt, he’d order 10 or 100 of them. In the Palo Alto house, there are probably enough black cotton turtlenecks for everyone.” Besides, Steve also liked to walk barefoot. His last words prove that he was nothing but a true appreciator of art which is today reflected in all the Apple products.
Kudos to the man who redefined innovation!
“If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?” – Steve Jobs