Steve Jobs

(1955 - 2011)



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Steven Paul Jobsá(February 24, 1955á– October 5, 2011) was an American businessman and inventor widely recognized as a charismatic pioneer of theápersonal computer revolution. áHe was co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer ofáApple Inc.áJobs was co-founder and previously served as chief executive ofáPixar Animation Studios; he became a member of the board of directors ofáThe Walt Disney Companyáin 2006, following the acquisition of Pixar by Disney.

Video: Steve Job's Commencement speech at Stanford University

Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life's setbacks -- including death itself -- at the university's 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005.

David Gurteen's comments: This is one hell of an inspirational speech from Steve Jobs!

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  SteveáJobs (1955 - 2011)

  Everything was made up by people that were no smarter than you by SteveáJobs (1955 - 2011)

  Innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways by SteveáJobs (1955 - 2011)

  On buildings to encourage collaboration by SteveáJobs (1955 - 2011)

  On connecting the dots by SteveáJobs (1955 - 2011)

  On doing stuff by SteveáJobs (1955 - 2011)

  On getting fired by SteveáJobs (1955 - 2011)

  On letting people become their best by SteveáJobs (1955 - 2011)

  On loving what you do by SteveáJobs (1955 - 2011)

  On making a beautiful chest of drawers by SteveáJobs (1955 - 2011)

  On putting a ding in the universe by SteveáJobs (1955 - 2011)

  Your time is limited by SteveáJobs (1955 - 2011)

Quotations from Steve Jobs:

 When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and you're life is just to live your life inside the world.

Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money.

That's a very limited life.

Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.

Once you learn that, you'll never be the same again.

SteveáJobs, (1955 - 2011)

 But innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we've been thinking about a problem.

SteveáJobs, (1955 - 2011)

 If a building doesn’t encourage [collaboration], you’ll lose a lot of innovation and the magic that’s sparked by serendipity.

So we designed the building to make people get out of their offices and mingle in the central atrium with people they might not otherwise see.

SteveáJobs, (1955 - 2011)

 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.

Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path.

SteveáJobs, (1955 - 2011)

 I don’t think of my life as a career. I do stuff. I respond to stuff. That’s not a career -- it’s a life!”

SteveáJobs, (1955 - 2011)
The iPad Launch: Can Steve Jobs Do It Again? 

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

SteveáJobs, (1955 - 2011)

 You cannot mandate productivity, you must provide the tools to let people become their best.

SteveáJobs, (1955 - 2011)

 Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. Don’t settle [for less]. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.

SteveáJobs, (1955 - 2011)

 We think the Mac will sell zillions, but we didn’t build the Mac for anybody else. We built it for ourselves. We were the group of people who were going to judge whether it was great or not. We weren’t going to go out and do market research. We just wanted to build the best thing we could build.

When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.

SteveáJobs, (1955 - 2011)
Playboy, Feb. 1, 1985 

 I want to put a ding in the universe.

SteveáJobs, (1955 - 2011)
Putting a Dent in the Universe 

 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 some how already know what you truly want. Everything else is secondary.

SteveáJobs, (1955 - 2011)

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