Steve Jobs, one of the foremost visionaries of our time passed away yesterday at the young age of 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Most of you know about his life’s roller coaster ride; an unwanted child given away in adoption, a college dropout who came from humble beginnings, tried to eek out a living before he went on to become a much envied and renowned entrepreneur founding a legendary company called “Apple” and then, took it to its pinnacle of glory. When he died yesterday, he is said to have died peacefully with his family at his bedside.
Although Steve tried to keep his private life shielded from the piercing public eye, its public knowledge that he was much disturbed by the fact that he was given away, at one point looked for his biological parents, met his step sister, had one daughter out-of-wedlock while at school and then, married his current wife of 20 years and lived some fulfilling years since then with his beloved wife and 3 kids.
Despite his formidable achievements and the rewards he garnered over the life of his career, what was with him by his bedside and supported him throughout his fight with the disease was his family. This would have provided much satisfaction for someone who has always valued family due to his past experiences.
After all, we are humans. Emotions are a very important part of our fabric. Pursuing a career and success in life is also a very natural part of our fabric, but its important to find joy in the little things of life, things that we sometimes take for granted.
Greet your parents, wife and kids every day, tell them you love them frequently, cuddle and hug that little one before he/she grows up and doesn’t think its cool anymore, don’t forget birthdays and important successes in the lives of your dear ones, praise them and reward them, watch the gleam of happiness in their eyes. Befriend your boss, peers and subordinates at work, share in their lives and show them you care, mentor and be mentored, invest in your people & their success; rest assured, you will automatically succeed.
Go for the little things, the big successes will roll in. After all, life is short and you never want to be caught with a “could have” and “should have” at any point while you waltz through your life.