Steve Jobs Enters the Fight of his Life

by Matt Klassen on February 22, 2011

While it went largely unnoticed here at TheTelecomblog, several weeks ago Apple CEO Steve Jobs took an indefinite leave of absence from the company to focus on his health. Although the particulars behind this medical leave were not disclosed, Jobs has had a history of significant medical hardships, taking a similar leave back in 2004 while he successfully battled Pancreatic cancer and successfully undergoing a liver transplant in 2009, leading many to speculate that whatever his ailment, it could be life threatening.

To add to the tumult this news has caused throughout Apple and the tech world in general, a rumour has begun circulating that Jobs prognosis is so dire, in fact, that he may only have a few weeks to live.

Despite the veracity of the rumour—which admittedly spewed from the pages of a gossip magazine—when faced with the very human side of the tech world it helps us all to set our priorities straight, allowing us to put aside our differences with Apple’s development agreement or the company’s strong-arm market tactics and realize that the world may soon lose a man whose creativity and genius have irrevocably altered the future of mobile technology.

One of the unfortunate realities of Jobs’ illness is the response of the investors, who, while concerned for Jobs’ wellbeing on the outside, are far more concerned about the solvency of their Apple shares. To that end, as shareholders watch Apple’s stock dip in response to news of Jobs’ illness, there is the growing demand for Apple’s top brass to put a succession plan in place so that when Jobs’ final days do arrive, Apple will know what to do about it.

While admittedly investors are prudent to setup a succession plan for the ailing Jobs’, I found in all this, with news that Jobs’ was taking medical leave and subsequently the rumours that he only has a few weeks to live, that the focus has shied away from the human aspect, with more attention given to potential candidates for the CEO position coupled with speculation on the future of Apple without Jobs’ at the helm and the impending release of the iPad 2.

In fact, with so much discussion about succession and the future of Apple, it saddens me to think that in business terms, Jobs, as with many of us, is merely a cog in the corporate machine, a part to be replaced when necessary; a particularly dehumanizing thought.

For me, I sincerely hope that Steve Jobs’ recovers, not just because he’s managed to grow Apple into one of the world’s leading mobile companies or because he provides me with endless fodder for my caustic anti-Apple blogs, but because he’s a fellow human being worthy of respect, and having witnessed several members of my family lose their battle with cancer, its not something I would ever wish on anyone else.

So regardless of the truth behind the rumours over how long Steve Jobs has to live, knowing just how easy it is to get caught up in the gadgets, the toys, the corporate product wars, and the marketing campaigns, it would behove us all to take a moment to take stock of our lives, to realize what’s really important, and, as cliqued as it sounds, to live each day to the fullest.

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Written by: Matt Klassen. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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