Steve Jobs had known about his pancreatic cancer since 2003 and lived with it for just under eight years.
Yet, he managed to deliver the best days of Apple during these eight years, and it is likely that he continuously hid his real health conditions from all and stayed at the helm of the company for as long as he possibly could.
With that in mind and in hindsight, one can only admire the courage, determination and stoicism of Jobs, faced with the all-too-real prospect of dying before achieving his grand plans (iPhone, iPad, iCloud, SoC).
This brings up a fundamental question: how on earth did he manage to work at all, with the shadow of death hanging over him?
One can only wonder what would have happened had Steve Jobs been in top shape, cancer-less and 100 per cent focused on Apple rather than being bogged down by illness.
Then again, perhaps knowing that his time was limited, meant he was all the more determined to make the most of each day.
It only serves to make us all the more full of admiration for the man's work ethic and his resolve to see work done well.
This is why many articles written today mention the fact that he was more than an industry captain; he was, and is, an inspiration and a role model for his friends, acquaintances, strangers and opponents alike.