“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.” – Think Different, narrated by Steve Jobs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rwsuXHA7RA
Creativity, design and innovation were at the heart of what Steve Jobs brought to the world. He developed technology we couldn’t even dream of, reinvented himself on a number of occasions when people doubted him and thought he was down and out. I am sure he was demanding, relentless and uncompromising at times in order to see his vision come to fruition. There is no doubt he has changed the world of technology forever. The sheer number of tweets and blogs after his death are testament to that fact. I found out the sad news via twitter on my iPhone, I think this says it all in the way we now share content and communicate. He was a visionary, game changer, could see potential opportunities, could tap into what customers wanted and never comprised on design. Thank you Steve for having the passion, drive and vision to change the world. Providing endless opportunities for learning.
If you haven’t seen his speech at Stanford University, it is a must view. One of the most compelling speeches I have ever listened to and a source of inspiration.
My favorite Steve Jobs quotes
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
“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.” – Wikiquote, as quoted in The Wall Street Journal (Summer 1993).
“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.” – Inc. Magazine
“Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?” – As quoted or paraphrased in Young Guns: The Fearless Entrepreneur’s Guide to Chasing Your Dreams and Breaking Out on Your Own (2009) by Robert Tuchman
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. 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. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.
“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.” – Fortune