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"Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me." – Steve Jobs

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Steve Jobs Quotes

Do What You Love To Do and Make a Difference

  • You've got to find what you love. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.

  • I was worth over $1,000,000 when I was 23, and over $10,000,000 when I was 24, and over $100,000,000 when I was 25, and it wasn’t that important because I never did it for the money.

  • Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?

  • Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently – they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

  • Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?

  • I want to put a ding in the universe.

  • Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith.

  • You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

Do Your Best

Customer Care

  • Our DNA is as a consumer company – for that individual
    customer who’s voting thumbs up or thumbs down. That’s who we think about. And we think that our job is to take responsibility for the complete user experience. And if it’s not up to par, it’s our fault, plain and simply.

  • People don’t want to just buy personal computers anymore. They want to know what they can do with them, and we’re going to show people exactly that.

Innovation

New Product Development

  • You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new.

  • It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.

  • Some people say you have to be a little crazy to buy a Mac. Well, in that craziness we see genius and that’s who we make tools for.

  • Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

  • In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains of the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.

Idea Management

  • There’s a phrase in Buddhism, ‘Beginner’s mind.’ It’s wonderful to have a beginner’s mind.

  • So when a good idea comes, you know, part of my job is to move it around, just see what different people think, get people talking about it, argue with people about it, get ideas moving among that group of 100 people, get different people together to explore different aspects of it quietly, and, you know – just explore things.

  • People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.

  • I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do... Our leadership comes from saying 'no' to 1,000 things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much....it’s only by saying 'no' that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.

Winning Organization and People

  • Part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians, and poets, and artists, and zoologists, and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world.

  • The only thing that works is management by values. Find people who are competent and really bright, but more importantly, people who care exactly about the same things you care about.

  • It’s not about pop culture, and it’s not about fooling people, and it’s not about convincing people that they want something they don’t. We figure out what we want. And I think we’re pretty good at having the right discipline to think through whether a lot of other people are going to want it, too... We just want to make great products.

  • My job is to not be easy on people. My job is to make them better.

  • The people who are doing the work are the moving force behind the Macintosh. My job is to create a space for them, to clear out the rest of the organization and keep it at bay.

  • When I hire somebody really senior, competence is the ante. They have to be really smart. But the real issue for me is, Are they going to fall in love with Apple? Because if they fall in love with Apple, everything else will take care of itself. They’ll want to do what’s best for Apple, not what’s best for them, what’s best for Steve, or anybody else.

Quality

  • Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.

  • Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.

Personal Life

  • I would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates.

  • My girlfriend always laughs during sex – no matter what she's reading.

 

 

Humble Beginnings

Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Computer Corporation, was one of the most successful entrepreneurs. His success story is legendary.

His unwed mother decided to put him for adoption immediately after Steve was born because he was "an unexpected baby". 

He went to college but decided to drop out because it was too expensive. Recalling his time there Steve Jobs said, "I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple."

Innovative Entrepreneur

At 20, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started a company in a garage on April 1, 1976 after Steve saw a computer Wozniak designed for himself. Jobs named their company – Apple in memory of a happy summer he had spent as an orchard worker in Oregon.

Later that year, the duo debuted the Apple I at the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto, California. A local store offered to buy 50 machines and to finance the production, the duo had to sell their most expensive possessions. Jobs sold his Volkswagen van while Wozniak sold his Hewlett-Packard scientific calculator.2

The company's second product called Apple II became such a hit that it is credited to be the best selling computer in the 1970s and early 1980s. By 1982 however, his company sales sagged in the face of competition from IBM’s new PC.

Apple Inc. started working on a new machine (‘insanely great’ according to Jobs) called the Macintosh. Steve Jobs was reported to commandeered the project, ruthlessly pushing its computer engineers and flying a pirate flag above the building where the team worked.2

Introduced in 1984, by 1986 the Mac was a huge success.

After 10 years, starting from 2 kids working in a garage, Apple computer had grown into a $2 billion dollar company with over 4000 employees.

An internal power struggle in Apple ended with Jobs being stripped of his duties in 1985 and so he left the company 

A tragedy? Not at all! 

"It turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life," said Steve Jobs later on.

Steve Jobs is also a Former Chairman and CEO of Pixar Animation Studios, which is popular for its production of animated films such as The Incredibles and Toy Story. The firm was bought by Walt Disney Studios for $7.4 billion in stock, making Jobs the biggest individual shareholder at Disney.

 

Transformational Leader

Steve Jobs did wonders as his company teetered on the brink of collapse.

Having left Apple in 1985, Steve Jobs founded NeXT Computer.

Meanwhile, Apple Computer has been struggling and in 1996, it bough NeXT for US$402 million, bringing Steve Jobs back at the helm of the firm he founded. Steve Jobs proved to be a great transformational leader. "The cure for Apple is not cost-cutting. The cure for Apple is to innovate its way out of its current predicament," he said and managed to completely turn the company around and back to profitability.

When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, he looked at the number of proposed research and development projects. Then he stopped most of them. Today, the Apple brand is known for its small but value-added product range and launch program. The impact of this simple change, according to Jobs, "comes from saying 'no' to 1,000 things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much....it’s only by saying 'no' that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.”

The strategy has served him well. Apple Inc. has regained its foothold in the computers and electronics industry and has even successfully branched out into the portable music business with the iPod MP3 player, iTunes digital music software and the iTunes Music Store.

Steve Jobs' 12 Rules of Success

Why Steve Jobs Loved Apple's Culture

"I have one of the best jobs in the world. I get to hang out with some of the most talented, committed people around, and together we get to play in this sandbox and build these cool products. Apple is an incredibly collaborative company. You know how many committees we have at Apple? Zero. We're structured like a start-up. We're the biggest start-up on the planet. And we all meet once a week to discuss our business," said Steve Jobs at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference.1

Inspiring Culture: 5 Elements

Most Admired By Great Achievers

When asked "Who do they admire outside of your own company?", all the three keynote speakers of TechCruch403 – David Filo, Co-founder of Yahoo, Chad Hurley, Co-founder of YouTube, and Marc Andreessen, Co-founder of Netscape – answered: "Steve Jobs"... More

 

 

Do What You Love To Do and Make a Difference

In his commencement address at Stanford University on June 12th 2005, Steve Jobs gave young people two major advices:

  1. Find your true passion and do what you love to do

  2. Make a difference... More

Steve Jobs' 12 Rules of Success

Steve Jobs' Resignation Letter (August 24, 2011)

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know.

Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

Steve

Steve Jobs died on October 5, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

References:

  1. "Steve Jobs on the New iPhone and How 'It Began With the Tablet'", Brad Spirrison

  2. Steve Jobs Inspirational Story

  3. TechCrunch40 Keynote Speakers: Humble Beginnings

  4. A Collection of Inspirational Steve Jobs Quotes on Life, Design, and Apple

  5. 10 Golden Lessons from Steve Jobs, Ririan

  6. Steve Jobs Dies: Apple Chief Created Personal Computer, iPad, iPod, iPhone

  7. 9 things you didn’t know about the life of Steve Jobs, Taylor Hatmaker

  8. Steve Jobs: from parents' garage to world power, David Batty

  9. Steve Jobs and the 7 Rules of Success, Carmine Gallo

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