fredag 26 augusti 2011

Steve Jobs

Steve jobs, en av grundarna av Apple 1976, och nu f.d. VD då han avsagt sig positionen p.g.a. sjukdom lär säkerligen gå till historien som en av de största entreprenörerna i vår tid.

Grunden för Apple var Steve Wozniaks design, Apple I datorn. Tillsammas i 20 års ålderns startade de företaget Apple Computers. Det unika 1976 med Apple I datorn var att man fick en hel "låda". På den tiden fick man annars, om man skulle ha en dator, plocka ihop delar själv. Det enda man behövde köpa till var en monitor och tangentbord. Fler succeér (liksom misslyckanden) kom att komma under årens lopp så som Macintosh, Ipod, Iphone m.fl. Nu konkurrerar Apple med Exxon om att vara världens största bolag sett till börsvärdet.

Nu är det inte produkterna eller Apple i sig jag egentligen vill lyfta fram med detta inlägg utan jag vill lyfta fram en del citat av Steve Jobs. I likhet med Warren Buffet så har Steve Jobs nämligen en förmåga att få ur sig en hel del tänkvärt.

“When you’re young, you look at television and think, There’s a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that’s not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want. That’s a far more depressing thought. Conspiracy is optimistic! You can shoot the bastards! We can have a revolution! But the networks are really in business to give people what they want. It’s the truth.”

“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.”

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because 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.”

“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. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

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. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

"We think basically you watch television to turn your brain off, and you work on your computer when you want to turn your brain on."

"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. And 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. We're always thinking about new markets we could enter, but it's only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that are really important."

"I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to [learn calligraphy]. I learned about serif and sans-serif typefaces, about varying the space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful. Historical. Artistically subtle in a way that science can't capture. And I found it fascinating. None of this had any hope of any practical application in my life. But 10 years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would never have multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it's likely that no personal computer would have them."

"It's more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy."

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1 kommentar:

  1. “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.”

    Så sant som det kan bli!