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Not surprising that news of Steve Jobs resignation as CEO of Apple is reverberating throughout the blogosphere. Lot of thoughtful, heartfelt and touching tributes to someone that’s being hailed as the most successful industrialist of the modern computing era. Sorry Bill, you might have to settle for the most successful philanthropist title. Getting back to Steve Jobs, he is indeed one of a kind and deserves all the accolades that are being heaped on him. In awe of what he has accomplished and the impact he has had on the industry. Shudder to imagine a world without Steve and his inspiring creations.

Walt Mossberg at AllThingsD nicely sums up the reasons Steve distinguished himself

He did it because he was willing to take big risks on new ideas, and not be satisfied with small innovations fed by market research. He also insisted on high quality and had the guts to leave out features others found essential and to kill technologies, like the floppy drive and the removable battery, he decided were no longer needed. And he has been a brilliant marketer, personally passionate about his products.

Add phenomenal smarts, intuitive design sense, refined aesthetics, absolute conviction of vision, unflinching focus on simplicity and extraordinary capacity to inspire those that work for you and you begin to understand how he accomplished what he did.

WSJ has also compiled some of his quotes at this page. There are some great ones in there including some that are worthy of framing.

“Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works. The design of the Mac wasn’t what it looked like, although that was part of it. Primarily, it was how it worked. To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it’s all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it. Most people don’t take the time to do that.

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”

“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.”

Better advise will be hard to come by. Profound words from an extraordinary human being. Thanks Steve and wish you the best of health.


Written by Varma Chanderraju

August 24, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Posted in Apple, Design, Innovation

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