Thursday, October 6, 2011

R.I.P Steve Jobs

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life,"

"Because almost everything -- all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure -- these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important."

- Steve Jobs

The most shocking news to the world this morning is the demise of the co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs. In mid-2004, Jobs announced to his employees that he had been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his pancreas. The prognosis for pancreatic cancer is usually very poor; Jobs, however, stated that he had a rare, far less aggressive type known as islet cell neuroendocrine tumor. After initially resisting the idea of conventional medical intervention and embarking on a special diet to thwart the disease, Jobs underwent a pancreaticoduodenectomy (or "Whipple procedure") in July 2004 that appeared to successfully remove the tumor. Jobs apparently did not require nor receive chemotherapy or radiation therapy (source: wikipedia)

From the reading I did this morning, I can only make one conclusion. Steve Jobs never wanted the whole world to know that he is sick. He never wants sympathy. Instead, he fought hard and always be positive about his health condition. At one of the media event he attended, he ended his keynote address with "110/70" referring to his blood pressure, stating that he would not address any further questions about his health condition.

He reminds me so much of my late father-in-law. Similar characteristics, similar class of acts and similar success stories. Arwah abah may not invented iPhone (he used one actually :), but Abah had his own fair shares of great stories. Recently, KLIFF 2011 Award has listed abah as one of the recipients, "The Most Outstanding Performance in Islamic Finance", Mama and Rizhan accepted the award. Abah did tremendous great work in Islamic Finance, creating Malaysia as the biggest hub for Islamic Finance, allowing banks to grow in Islamic industries and many more that I cant even begin to list down.

My heart goes to his family members. May they gather the strength to pursue life with his absence and always be strong.

RIP Steve Jobs



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