Everyone knows Jobs and his commercial and cultural success but what kind of person helps create such a legacy? I read these quotes today and I think they show this clearly.
Jobs on -not- following the crowd:
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. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary."
Jobs on charity... and the importance of failure:
that's the problem with most philanthropy-- there's no measurement
system. You give somebody some money to do something and most of the
time you can really never measure whether you failed or succeeded in
your judgment of that person or his ideas or their implementation. So if
you can't succeed or fail, it's really hard to get better."
Jobs on careers:
life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced
that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did.
You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as
it is for your lovers. . . As with all matters of the heart, you'll
know when you find it. . . So keep looking until you find it. Don't
Jobs on making it count:
of the time, we're taking things. Neither you nor I made the clothes we
wear; we don't make the food or grow the foods we eat; we use a
language that was developed by other people; we use another society's
mathematics. Very rarely do we get a chance to put something back into
that pool. I think we have that opportunity now. And no, we don't know
where it will lead. We just know there's something much bigger than any
of us here.
Jobs on [the blue screen of] 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."
excerpt taken from an article by Simon Black: