Thank You, Steve

Posted on Oct 5, 2011

I got my first Mac when I was thirteen (thanks to my progressive parents) and my life hasn’t been the same since. Steve Jobs inspired me beyond the physical products that he helped make at Apple, but through his ideas and his relentless pursuit of his own vision to change the world. He elevated design to the forefront of consumer products and business and his successful, detailed attention to user experience resulted in products that we love to use. I’m greatly saddened by his passing, but I feel lucky to have been influenced and inspired by him.

Some of my favorite quotes by Jobs:

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

And of course, another favorite:

“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.”

Thanks to Henning in the comments for pointing out the origin of that quote.

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2 Comments

  1. Henning von Vogelsang
    October 7, 2011

    Great summary, Emily. But “Here is to the crazy ones” is not a Steve Jobs quote. It was the copy for a TV ad, authored by Chiat Day’s copywriter Craig Tanimoto. Due to virtues associated with Steve Jobs, the copy is often falsely attributed to him.

    In an early, unreleased version, Jobs himself narrated the ad, but in its final version it was narrated by Richard Dreyfuss.

  2. Emily Chang
    October 7, 2011

    Thanks, Henning. I updated the post to reflect that.