Sunday, June 17, 2007

Jobs Anyone?

Okay. So its been a few months since this blogs been here. And the one thing that I dont see here is any Steve Jobs related post.

And now that a stable"er" version of safari is out for windows, i guess this is the best time (sorry couldn't think of anything better :P).

I personally like Jobs because he is such a larger than life figure even after having his own share of very publicly known and talked about flaws. And an attitude which in his own words always screams:

"I want to put a ding in the universe."

He is a master at what he does. (And no we're not going to discuss what is it that he actually does :P.) I guess me writing about him is just glorifying him, which just plain sucks. So here are some of his own words. Read them and form your own opinion.

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.

Almost everything--all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure--these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

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.

So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard (HP), and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.'

Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.

The problem with Microsoft is that they have no taste. They have no taste and I don't mean that in a small way, I mean that in a big way.

I'm the only person I know that's lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year; It's very character-building. (Apple Confidential 2.0)

I'm as proud of what we don't do as I am of what we do.

I didn't see it then, but 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. (Stanford University commencement address, June 12, 2005)

It's better to be a pirate than to join the Navy.(Odyssey: Pepsi to Apple)

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

Apple has some tremendous assets, but I believe without some attention, the company could, could, could -- I'm searching for the right word -- could, could die. (On his return as interim CEO, in Time, Aug. 18, 1997)

Nobody has tried to swallow us since I've been here. I think they are afraid how we would taste. (Apple shareholder meeting, April 22, 1998)

Well, again, in his words, "Insanely Great" ;)

1 comment:

Jay said...

Steve Jobs can sell anything great market techniques..ur post is great(u tld me to say dat :P) its a good post...u seem to be one of tha Jobs me..duh! tha quotes are great..n diz iz quite a long comment so be happy... \m/ ..peace oot