| Nov. 23rd, 2014

Legendary Steve Jobs Quotes

The tech world is mourning the passing of Steve Jobs, who died at age 56 on October 5, 2011 after a long, public battle with pancreatic cancer.

Jobs is credited with many of the most indispensable and beloved products in tech. Can you imagine a computer without a mouse or a graphical user interface? Jobs didn't actually invent these but he figured out how to get them to market in a way that consumers couldn't resist.

During his second stint with Apple, Jobs launched media devices which changed industries, including the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad (Maine is the top iPad state!).

In August this year, shortly before Steve Jobs resigned from his position as CEO of the company he co-founded in a garage, Apple briefly passed oil giant Exxon as the world's most valuable company by market capitalization. All the former rivals, including Bill Gates and Microsoft, have been eclipsed by Apple.

So how did a college drop-out with no formal business training create the world's biggest business?

Here are some Steve Jobs quotes on life and work that have become legendary:

  • "Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?" -- Steve Jobs' pitch to John Sculley, the Pepsi-Cola CEO Jobs brought on to run Apple (Sculley later pushed Jobs out of Apple)
  • "There's an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love. 'I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.' And we've always tried to do that at Apple. Since the very very beginning. And we always will."
  • "My model for business is The Beatles: They were four guys that kept each other's negative tendencies in check; they balanced each other. And the total was greater than the sum of the parts. Great things in business are not done by one person, they are done by a team of people."
  • “None. It’s not the consumers’ job to know what they want.” -- Jobs responding to whether he did market research for the iPad
  • "I’m the only person I know that’s lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year…. It’s very character-building."
  • "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." -- Jobs commencement speech at Stanford in 2005
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