I watched “Black Hawk Down” (again) recently and near the end of the film, Eric Bana’s character (Delta Force Sergeant Norm Hooten) talks to Josh Hartnett’s character (Staff Sgt. Matt Eversmann) about why he does what he does (fight, kill). Hooten says, “…it’s about the men next to you… and that’s it. That’s all it is.”
Which seems to be another way of saying, “It’s about love.”
When Steve Jobs passed away last year, one of the countless remembrances was from Larry Brilliant who said, “The defining character of Steve Jobs isn’t his genius, it isn’t his talent, it isn’t his success. It’s his love. That’s why crowds came to see him.”
Here is what Steve’s sister said after he passed: ““Steve was like a girl in the amount of time he spent talking about love. Love was his supreme virtue, his god of gods. He tracked and worried about the romantic lives of the people working with him.”
The incomparable Seth Godin says that the two elements of a great presenter are: 1. Respect, 2. Love.
So it’s all about love, after all.