Thursday, October 6, 2011

Easy Money, Tough Life

I came across to the death if Apple founder, Steve Jobs just 10 minutes ago, he was only 56, died of battle to cancer.

It was very shocking, that the man who transformed the world tremendously, changed the way communication had previously worked and left so much technological impact to this modernised world.

56, not even the age of retirement. He set up the company in 1976, holding on to the principles of innovation and leadership, he was a success, a legend, a genius. But did all of these glories pay off? Did all of his effort allow him to get what he deserve?

I am not a technology savvy, nor am a person who know much about technology and business. But I do know the revolution of the iPad, iPhone, iMac, Macbook and iPod have changed this very generation. We no longer clutching thick books or laptops, all we do is surfing the net or reading through iPad. We no longer talk or communicate often, all we do is Facebook and Twitter or gaming with iPhones. We no longer hear the sound from the world, all we do is stuff our both ears with Beats headphones and listening to the mega playlist on iPods. Kids no longer holding soft toys and Grid Blyton story books because they have much better entertainment applications from iPad and iPhone.

I am very amazed and shocked by these changes and scenes I saw. Even so, a business opportunity came to me two days ago. Once again, I found myself in a dilemma and a sea of thoughts whether technology should be part of education. The answer is 'yes' but the old-thinking me kept denying the fact. Steve Jobs said: Innovation is what differentiate a leader and a follower. World-class leadership mentor, Robin Sharma said: Everyone is a leader and we need no title to lead. Now you see the contradiction.

I am encouraged to be part of the business, to earn what you call, easy money. Being raised in a middle-income family where I don't enjoy easy money and fast success, I am not much a risk taker, that explains why I am reluctant in approaching easy opportunity. Being a typical Chinese Malaysian, I am driven by competition, eager to success, strings of A's in certificates. Probably this is because I don't believe in risks, miracles, opportunities, I am definitely not a businesswoman material.

But what I am clutching on, is still a dream, a valid dream. I may not be a founder of a business company, knowing that I wouldn't have the guts to take risks and leadership to lead. I may not be the richest person or the rich lady with bungalows and sports car, knowing that rich isn't a good pathway after being in a rich culture for 2 years. But what I can be is a person who pursue my achievable dreams, learn from each success and failure, being inspired by each happenings, and discovered more about this world.

People are driven by unlimited wants, there is no end to what you can get in this world. You may call me stupid, but I thank God for allowing me to see through the evilness of greed and the power of satisfaction at this age. Steve Jobs might have had the time of his life through the success of Apple, what's the point of having a legacy if you can't enjoy it. I may miss out to an opportunity to investment and fortune, but I certainly wouldn't want my life to be just surrounded by money, money and money.

RIP Steve Jobs, your innovation had certainly paid off, the world can't thank you much for these lovely gadgets, it's a technological era which you have contributed your life, time and effort. Thank you.

Blogged from his inventions,
Wenx with iPad2 :)