I saw Steve personally this afternoon (Monday, January 31st, 2011) as he was leaving Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. Needless to say, it was an unexpected delight to see the man in real life. There is great hidden power in listening to your intuition; in my case, it led me today to a face-to-face encounter with Steve Jobs. Let me explain.
Recovering this past weekend in San Francisco from an intense week of leading some Hoshin strategic planning sessions for a Fortune 100 client, Diana and I were leaning towards postponing our first Apple headquarters visit to our next trip. Yet this morning as I was doing some research on a book I’m writing about the Beatles and business, I came across a wonderful video about Steve and his love of the Beatles. My intuition awakened and I felt it begin pulling my inner compass to go visit Apple this day, vs. the uncharted future… So, with just 5 hours to go before our flight departed, we made the gut decision to rent a car downtown and go and “Carpe Apple,” enroute to the airport.
On the way, Diana wryly noted on Facebook on her iPhone that maybe she’d see Steve there and tell him with a smile how much she enjoys her Macbook, iPhone and future iPad… I was coming to drop off a get-well gift and token of my esteem for Steve—a signed copy of the book I wrote with my co-author Robert Friedman, M.D., on the Golden Ratio (The Divine Code of Da Vinci, Fibonacci, Einstein & You), which features him, fellow Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and master designer Jonathan Ive, and also to visit the Apple Company Store onsite for some cool logo merchandise.
As if on some surreal cue, as soon as Diana and I walked in the front door of 1 Infinite Loop, we saw Steve, less than 10 feet away, walking towards us on the cellphone, enroute to a waiting car outside. We both did a double-take, and then realized it was really him… Whoa… talk about synchronicity! Who in their wildest dreams would expect Steve to be walking right out through the front door of the building at the precise moment we would be walking in? The one thing that really stood out to both of us (besides his trademark Levi’s, black mock turtleneck and sneakers) was the twinkle in Steve’s eyes and his full, genuine smile as he spoke on the phone. In spite of the media’s negative focus on his known health issues, one can only stand back and marvel at his tenacious spirit and absolute passion for his passion. It was most inspiring to see you today in person, Steve. All our best to you and your family and Sanatate (Great Health to You, in Romanian)…
Note to self: good things happen when you pay attention, listen to your intuition and Carpe Apple : )
To Infinity and Beyond,