I'm as proud of what we don't do as I am of what we do.
"Steven Paul" ""Steve"" "Jobs" was an American entrepreneur, marketing/marketer, and inventor, who was the cofounder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc. Through Apple, he is widely recognized as a charismatic and design-driven pioneer of the History of personal computers#The beginnings of the personal computer industry/personal computer revolution and for his influential career in the computer and consumer electronics fields, transforming "one industry after another, from computers and smartphones to music and movies." Jobs cofounded and served as chief executive of Pixar/Pixar Animation Studios; he became a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company in 2006, when Disney acquired Pixar. Jobs was among the first to see the commercial potential of PARC User Interface/Xerox PARC's computer mouse/mouse-driven graphical user interface, which led to the creation of the Apple Lisa and, a year later, the Macintosh. He played a role in introducing the LaserWriter, one of the first widely available laser printers, to the market.If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous businessmen! More Steve Jobs on Wikipedia.
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
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.
I'm the only person I know that's lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year.... It's very character-building.
It's really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them.
Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?
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.
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
I think we're having fun. I think our customers really like our products. And we're always trying to do better.
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.
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.'
Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.
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.
It comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don't get on the wrong track or try to do too much.
To turn really interesting ideas and fledgling technologies into a company that can continue to innovate for years, it requires a lot of disciplines.
I've always wanted to own and control the primary technology in everything we do.
Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.
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.
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.
I'm convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.
I feel like somebody just punched me in the stomach and knocked all my wind out. I'm only 30 years old and I want to have a chance to continue creating things. I know I've got at least one more great computer in me. And Apple is not going to give me a chance to do that.
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.
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.
It's rare that you see an artist in his 30s or 40s able to really contribute something amazing.
Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?
Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.
It's better to be a pirate than to join the Navy.