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Steve Jobs (1955 - 2011)
US computer engineer & industrialist [more author details]
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A lot of companies have chosen to downsize, and maybe that was the right thing for them. We chose a different path. Our belief was that if we kept putting great products in front of customers, they would continue to open their wallets.
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Steve Jobs
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.
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Steve Jobs
Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.
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Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
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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.
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Steve Jobs
I think we're having fun. I think our customers really like our products. And we're always trying to do better.
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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.
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Steve Jobs
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
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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, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.'
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Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Steve Jobs
I'm the only person I know that's lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year.... It's very character-building.
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Steve Jobs, Apple Confidential 2.0
Every good product I've ever seen is because a group of people cared deeply about making something wonderful that they and their friends wanted. They wanted to use it themselves.
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Steve Jobs, Apple WWDC Closing Keynote, 1997
I don't think it's good that we're perceived as different I think it's important we're perceived as MUCH BETTER. If being different is essential to doing that, then we have to do that, but if we could be much better without being different, that'd be fine with me. I want to be much better! I don't care about being different, but we'll have to be different in some ways to be much better.
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Steve Jobs, Apple WWDC Closing Keynote, 1997
I'm sure a lot of you had this experience when you're changing. You're growing as a person and people tend to treat you like you were 18 months ago, and it's really frustrating sometimes when you're growing up and you're more capable. It's the same thing with a company and the press. The press is going to have a lag time. The best thing we can do about the press is embrace them and do the best thing we can to educate them about our strategy. But to keep our eye on the prize, that is turning out some great products. the press and the stock prize will take care of themselves.
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Steve Jobs, Apple WWDC Closing Keynote, 1997
The hardest thing when you think about focusing. You think focusing is about saying "Yes." No. Focusing is about saying "No." And when you say "No," you piss off people.
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Steve Jobs, Apple WWDC Closing Keynote, 1997
I'm as proud of what we don't do as I am of what we do.
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Steve Jobs, Business Week
Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.
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Steve Jobs, Business Week
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