Dear Steve

We all know how awesome Steve Jobs was. I could not write any better or tell you any that has not already been said about him. He was super-cool, a visionary, creative genuis, hard-worker, and business thinker. I have found a few things from around the web tha he has said or has had a hand in that I think are cool. Every thing he did was classy, Pixar and especially Apple. I am a beliver and disciple of the Apple design approach which can only be described as functional beauty. Minimal with maximum user focus, natural useable design. Clean and uncluttered. Perfect (in my heavily biased view). So to Steve – thanks man.

Steve Jobs on design –

“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.”

The following is from his famous and well quoted Stanford Commencement Speech to the graduating class of 2005 – he put’s things so well here, it’s beautiful, real gold. The best damn advice that I have heard.

“Again, 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.”

“You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And 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. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

“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.”

Innovation

”Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

Finally, this one’s quite apt.

“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.”

Mission accomplished.

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