Wise words from Steve Jobs

I succumbed (read: Abandoned the archaic Windows system) to Apple about two years ago and it has revolutionized my virtual lifestyle. Presently, I am using a Macbook Pro, a die-hard fan of its apps and programs, basically everything i-related be it iTunes, iPhoto or iMovies, and thank god for Apple’s amazing video-editing program Final Cut Pro.

When Steve Jobs has shocked the world this week by his sudden resignation from Apple, everyone, including myself, felt a bit sad and just had to say awwwww to this cult of personality that ruled the modern tech world.

In this blog post, I would like to list my top three quotes from him as a tribute to his jolly good vision for creativity and innovation, and his resilience in face of adversity. The quotes featured below are taken from this Wall Street Journal article

“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… And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.”

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. 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.”

Good luck and good health to you sir for your future endeavor.

Previously, I have also posted a commencement speech he made six years ago that is sheer inspirational. Click here to view it.

View his resignation letter to Apple here.

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2 thoughts on “Wise words from Steve Jobs

  1. I do not mean to rain on a parade about creativity that is for sure, but any time someone like Steve Jobs says something about innovation and creativity and success, I think we have to turn on our critical reading mind. The implication with Jobs saying these things is that HE is the one who is successful through innovation and creativity. I would argue though that Apple’s success is not nearly so simple. The point which does not get mentioned is that Apple works extreamely hard to market its products, and what role does marketing play in Apple’s success? Marketing in itself is not a creative idea, and even if there is innovative marketing, that is different from having an innovative product. I suspect that Apple’s success has a lot less to do with innovative creativity than the media often implies. In fact, I think Jobs’ praise of the innovative spirit is in itself a form of marketing on his part, for his own company. You could argue it is a brilliant marketing move, I would say its actually dishonest to market in that manner.

    No doubt Apple is innovative, but to compare something which is innovative but NOT heavily marketed look at Linux and particular Linux distrubutions. It is a very innovative idea making a central computer platform standardized but which developers can build their own unique systems over top of; it allows any advanced computer user to code and continue building the system, however it is not very popular at all.

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