Mona Simpson’s Eulogy For Steve Jobs

October 31, 2011 |  by  |  Tech
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Nothing is worse than losing someone you love and Mona Simpson made her tribute to Steve Jobs public. No, not THAT Mona Simpson. We’re talking about author Mona Simpson who also happens to be the sister of Steve Jobs. She wrote a heart wrenching eulogy for the former Apple CEO who passed away Oct. 5 which was published in the New York Times. It’ll make you teary-eyed, but it’ll also give you hope.

Read on!

Although author Mona Simpson is Steve Jobs’ sister, she’s better known for her novels Anywhere But Here and A Regular Guy. Mona and Steve met as adults when Mona was 25 years old after being contacted by a lawyer. The siblings’ mother was American and their father was Syrian. When their mother got pregnant, the baby was given up for adoption–that baby was Steve Jobs. The couple later married and had Mona but later went separate ways.

But the fact that Mona Simpson and Steve jobs grew up apart doesn’t change the fact that she loved her brother dearly.

The full eulogy by Mona Simpson was delivered on Oct. 16 at Steve Jobs’ memorial service at Stanford and was reprinted in Sunday’s New York Times. Here are some excerpts from it about what she learned from her brother:

“Steve worked at what he loved. He worked really hard. Every day.

That’s incredibly simple, but true.

He was the opposite of absent-minded.

He was never embarrassed about working hard, even if the results were failures. If someone as smart as Steve wasn’t ashamed to admit trying, maybe I didn’t have to be.

When he got kicked out of Apple, things were painful. He told me about a dinner at which 500 Silicon Valley leaders met the then-sitting president. Steve hadn’t been invited.

He was hurt but he still went to work at Next. Every single day.

Novelty was not Steve’s highest value. Beauty was.

For an innovator, Steve was remarkably loyal. If he loved a shirt, he’d order 10 or 100 of them. In the Palo Alto house, there are probably enough black cotton turtlenecks for everyone in this church.

He didn’t favor trends or gimmicks. He liked people his own age.

His philosophy of aesthetics reminds me of a quote that went something like this: “Fashion is what seems beautiful now but looks ugly later; art can be ugly at first but it becomes beautiful later.”

Steve always aspired to make beautiful later.

He was willing to be misunderstood…”

RIP Steve Jobs.

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