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Steve Jobs
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There's an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love. 'I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.' And we've always tried to do that at Apple. Since the very, very beginning. And we always will. Steve Jobs
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The problem with the Internet startup craze isn't that too many people are starting companies; it's that too many people aren't sticking with it. That's somewhat understandable, because there are many moments that are filled with despair and agony, when you have to fire people and cancel things and deal with very difficult situations. That's when you find out who you are and what your values are. Steve Jobs
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I mean, some people say, 'Oh, God, if [Jobs] got run over by a bus, Apple would be in trouble.' And, you know, I think it wouldn't be a party, but there are really capable people at Apple. My job is to make the whole executive team good enough to be successors, so that's what I try to do. Steve Jobs
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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. That's what we get paid to do. Steve Jobs
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It's rare that you see an artist in his 30s or 40s able to really contribute something amazing. Steve Jobs
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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! Steve Jobs
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When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. Steve Jobs
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The best way to create value in the 21st century is to connect Creativity with Technology Steve Jobs
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Our job is to read things that are not yet on the page. Steve Jobs
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We're here to make a dent in the universe. Otherwise, why even be here? We're creating a completely new consciousness, like an artist or a poet. That's how you have to think of this. We're rewriting the history of human thought with what we're doing. Steve Jobs
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You've got to find what you love. Steve Jobs
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The things I've done in my life have required a lot of years of work before they took off. Steve Jobs
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We don't have a good language to talk about this kind of thing. In most people's vocabularies, design means veneer... But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a man-made creation. Steve Jobs
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Some people can do one thing magnificently, like Michelangelo, and others make things like semiconductors or build 747 airplanes - that type of work requires legions of people. In order to do things well, that can't be done by one person, you must find extraordinary people. Steve Jobs
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LSD...reinforc ed my sense of what was important-creat ing great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could. Steve Jobs
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If we don't cannibalize ourselves, someone else will. Steve Jobs
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Somebody once told me, "Manage the top line, and the bottom line will follow." What's the top line? It's things like, why are we doing this in the first place? What's our strategy? What are customers saying? How responsive are we? Do we have the best products and the best people? Those are the kind of questions you have to focus on. Steve Jobs
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The good music companies do an amazing thing. They have people who can pick the person that's gonna be successful out of 5,000 candidates. And there's not enough information to do that - it's an intuitive process. Steve Jobs
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I've got to tell you, the Internet is a place you go when you want to turn your brain on, and television is a place you go when you want to turn your brain off. I'm not at all convinced that the twain will meet. Steve Jobs
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Design isn't just how it looks. It's how it works. Steve Jobs
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I wish him the best, I really do. I just think he and Microsoft are a bit narrow. He'd be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger. Steve Jobs
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Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it. Steve Jobs
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I'm the only person I know that's lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year.... It's very character-building. Steve Jobs
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Every once in a while a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything. It's very fortunate if you can work on just one of these in your career.... Apple's been very fortunate in that it's introduced a few of these. Steve Jobs
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Be honest with yourself and with people always do everything on time. Never give up, go to your goals, even if all the bad. In this life, all really, you only need to do. The more I talk to people, the more I am convinced that in general they have one goal - to become the richest dead in the cemetery. Steve Jobs
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Apple's goal isn't to make money. Our goal is to design and develop and bring to market good products.... We trust as a consequence of that, people will like them, and as another consequence, we'll make some money. But we're really clear about what our goals are. Steve Jobs
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I've been rejected, but I am still in love. Steve Jobs
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I was worth about over a million dollars when I was 23 and over ten million dollars when I was 24, and over a hundred million dollars when I was 25 and... it wasn't that important - because I never did it for the money. Steve Jobs
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The most corrosive piece of technology that I've ever seen is called television - but then, again, television, at its best, is magnificent. Steve Jobs
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Almost everything: all external expectations, all pride all fear of embarrassment or failure. These tings 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. Steve Jobs
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The customer is the final inspector. Steve Jobs
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Great engineers are a huge multiplier. Steve Jobs
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Companies must have a noble cause, and it's the leaders job to transform that noble cause into such an inspiring vision, that it will attract the most talented people in the world to want to join it. Steve Jobs
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If Macintosh hadn't been successful, then I should have just thrown in the towel, because my vision of the whole industry would have been totally wrong. Steve Jobs
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Music companies are not technology companies any more than technology companies are music companies. They're really different from each other. Steve Jobs
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If it could save a person's life, could you find a way to save ten seconds off the boot time? If there were five million people using the Mac, and it took ten seconds extra to turn it on every day, that added up to three hundred million or so hours per year people would save, which was the equivalent of at least one hundred lifetimes saved per year. Steve Jobs
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My opinion is that the only two computer companies that are software-driven are Apple and NeXT , and I wonder about Apple. Steve Jobs
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There's a phrase in Buddhism, 'Beginner's mind.' It's wonderful to have a beginner's mind. Steve Jobs
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I'd like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use. It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud. It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it. Steve Jobs
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Your thoughts construct patterns like scaffolding in your mind. You are really etching chemical patterns. In most cases, people get stuck in those patterns, just like grooves in a record, and they never get out of them. Steve Jobs
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Again, 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. Steve Jobs
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I hate the way people use PowerPoints instead of thinking Steve Jobs
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Probably death is the best invention of life. Steve Jobs
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Believe things will work out. How was I ever to know that the girl who broke my heart in university would lead to my soulmate? How was I to know that the 'dream job' I was rejected from out of college would lead me to a year of entrepreneurship and adventure in Spain? How was I to know that taking a miserable job back in the states would be just the push I needed to vow to never do something I wasn't passionate about again? Everything works out. I mean everything. As long as you believe it will. When you do, you will find the silver lining. That will take you to the next level. Steve Jobs
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One of the failures of technology companies is that they build technologies thinking everything else will work out. Steve Jobs
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Why would I ever want to run Disney? Wouldn't it make more sense just to sell them Pixar and retire? Steve Jobs
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The system is that there is no system. That doesn't mean we don't have process. Apple is a very disciplined company, and we have great processes. But that's not what it's about. Process makes you more efficient ... 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. It's ad hoc meetings of six people called by someone who thinks he has figured out the coolest new thing ever and who wants to know what other people think of his idea. Steve Jobs
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No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Steve Jobs
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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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I'm an optimist in the sense that I believe humans are noble and honorable, and some of them are really smart. I have a very optimistic view of individuals. Steve Jobs
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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. Steve Jobs
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The engineering is long gone in most PC companies. In the consumer electronics companies, they don't understand the software parts of it. And so you really can't make the products that you can make at Apple anywhere else right now. Apple's the only company that has everything under one roof. Steve Jobs
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The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it to a nationwide communications network. We're just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people - as remarkable as the telephone. Steve Jobs
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In most people's vocabularies, design means veneer. It's interior decorating. It's the fabric of the curtains and the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Steve Jobs
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It's not the tools that you have faith in - tools are just tools. They work, or they don't work. It's people you have faith in or not. Yeah, sure, I'm still optimistic I mean, I get pessimistic sometimes but not for long. Steve Jobs
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First was the mouse. The second was the click wheel. And now, we're going to bring multi-touch to the market. And each of these revolutionary interfaces has made possible a revolutionary product - the Mac, the iPod and now the iPhone. Steve Jobs
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The design of the Mac wasn't what it looked like, although that was part of it. Primarily, it was how it worked. To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it's all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it. Steve Jobs
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I get asked a lot why Apple's customers are so loyal. It's not because they belong to the Church of Mac! That's ridiculous. Steve Jobs
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You'll see more and more perfection of that - computer as servant. But the next thing is going to be computer as a guide or agent. Steve Jobs
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We want to reinvent the phone. What's the killer app? The killer app is making calls! It's amazing how hard it is to make calls on most phones. We want to let you use contacts like never before - sync your iPhone with your PC or mac. Steve Jobs
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Get closer than ever to your customers. So close that you tell them what they need well before they realize it themselves Steve Jobs
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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.' Steve Jobs
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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. Steve Jobs
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Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. It takes a lot of hard work to make something simple, to truly understand the underlying challenges and come up with elegant solutions. [...] It's not just minimalism or the absence of clutter. It involves digging through the depth of complexity. To be truly simple, you have to go really deep. [...] You have to deeply understand the essence of a product in order to be able to get rid of the parts that are not essential. Steve Jobs
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I'm one of those people that think Thomas Edison and the light bulb changed the world more than Karl Marx ever did. Steve Jobs
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Great things in business are never done by one person, they're done by a team of people. Steve Jobs
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You need to have a collaborative hiring process. Steve Jobs
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The cure for Apple is not cost-cutting. The cure for Apple is to innovate its way out of its current predicament. Steve Jobs
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No one is going to buy a big phone. Steve Jobs
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It gave a tremendous level of self-confidence, that through exploration and learning one could understand seemingly very complex things in one's environment. Steve Jobs
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