Born on this very day to immigrant parents, Steve Jobs is the god version of an entrepreneur; sassy, classy and super smart. His biological parents gave him up for adoption and set one condition for foster parents- Steve Jobs should attend college. He later enrolled at Reed College but soon dropped out and traveled through India.
Soon after he came back from sojourns and wiser than ever, he along with Steve Wozniak and Ron Wayne in a garage, officially the ideal place to start a start-up nowadays. Ron Wayne soon backed out and sold his stock for $800, which would have been potentially worth $72 billion today. Soon Apple grew, almost doubling it’s revenue every 4 months for the first few years.
Sadly enough, Steve Jobs passed away on 5th October 2011 at the age of 56 in Palo Alto. Here are some of his famous quotes-
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.
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 others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.
I’m as proud of many of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done. Innovation is saying no to a thousand things.
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 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.
That’s been one of my mantras—focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex; you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.
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.
The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.
You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. 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.
For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.