Nov 25, 2013

Stay Foolish

For Peet's Sake blog girl reading a book in bed

      Yesterday I watched Jobs - the movie on Steve Jobs' life - and it was littered with great quotes. Incidentally, I wanted to do a quotes post today but funny enough I wanted to do a post on Bill Gates, I had the quotes ready and everything. As it turns out, Mr. Gates will have to wait his turn, because Mr. Jobs has the center stage today.
       In the movie, the relationship between the two is portrayed as strained and hostile, some even say that Gates looked down on Jobs because the latter actually couldn't program things himself (that's why Jobs once said that his work was a team sport and that it was not something one person did but you had to have an extraordinary team), but in reality that couldn't be further from the truth. They knew and admired each other so one could say that even though they weren't exactly best buds, they were best rivals. Jobs himself even said in an interview that their relationship could be described with a Beatles quote: "You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead." In the just mentioned interview, titled All Things Digital, Gates and Jobs appeared together and you can observe the dynamic between the two for yourself and decide if there are any sign of animosity - which there aren't.
      When Jobs fell ill, the two spent more time together talking about what they'd learned, families, future, anything. In yet another interview, Gates told Charlie Rose, the journalist, about the last dinner that the two were supposed to have. They set up a date and at the last minute, Jobs called Gate's secretary and canceled the dinner. Gates goes on saying: "And then he said: 'If he'll want to know why, just tell him it's because I'm an asshole.' He was sick, but it was kind of classic, he wouldn't want to give any reason."
      The movie omits Jobs illness as well as another important aspect of his life - his work at Pixar. When he was booted out of Apple in 1985, he bought The Graphics Group, renamed it Pixar and the rest is basically animation history. In 1937, Disney's Snow White was the first animated film that reached blockbuster status, meaning it earned 100 million dollars or more in the US box office, and 58 years later, Pixar's Toy Story was the only other animated movie that didn't come from Disney to do that - after Jobs got on board of course.
      Jobs truly was an innovator and an aesthetic genius. One of the reasons for his accomplishments was his belief that you can't look at the competition and say how can we do it better, but how can we do it different. That is definitely a one to remember, but here are some other quotes of his:
  • Remembering that you're going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You're already naked. There's no reason not to follow your heart.
  • Things don't have to change the world to be important.
  • 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've baked a really lovely cake, but then you've used dog shit for frosting.
  • Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith.
  • Your time is limited so don't waste it living someone else's life.
  • Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice.
  • I'm convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.
  • Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.
  • If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.
  • Stay hungry. Stay foolish.
  • Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
  • It's more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy.
  • My favorite things in life don't cost any money. It's really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.
  • We made the buttons on the screen look so good you'll want to lick them.
  • I don't view wealth as something that validates my intelligence.
  • The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.
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  1. I did a paper on Steve Jobs and he was rather an ass .. but I would agree .. he was definitely a visionary. I do love my iPod.


  2. Haha, ironic problem!

  3. hey darling! looks like we never really know people...

  4. Hey sweetie,

    Well, I thouht a lot about him, I think the movie is too much about apple and not enough about him (even touh apple is a big part of his life it isn't all of it). They show a lot of the "ass" aspect", they don't really show the evolution (I believe he did evolve). I think what I've learned from it is that the fact he wasn't a tech guy, made him think it was possible, so he made it !

    1. I agree, the movie's kind of... Blah. It's good, Ashton's phenomenal in the role, but I don't think it does Jobs justice, not by a long shot.

  5. Hm, maybe I should give the book a chance. Never really thought about it, but it seems interesting. Love your photos!

  6. Very well communicated I did like what inspire Steve Jobs to go for. Our life's its a roller coaster we need to hold on and expect the unexpected. Thank you for visiting my blog following you by bloglovin follow back thanks.

  7. Very inspirational words! Some of them definetely hit home for me as well!

  8. I find it difficult to be inspired by guys like this because they are just sooooo big (achievement wise!!); with all the passion and luck and will and determination in the world I can pretty safely say that the likelihood of me getting anywhere near their success is near on zero, but you are right just one of two things that they say can resonate in your mind and change your whole thinking.

    I have one of Steve Jobs' quotes in my diary and on my PC: "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"

    1. Yup, I saw that quote too, but then I decided to not include it... It's a good one though!

  9. I know little about this man. Too little.
    Some time ago I decided to learn more about his life, so maybe i'll see the movie. Someone in my class was obsessed with him and he had the same book. He said all of us had to read it. Imperative.

    Steve Jobs, besides being a genius, was a great stimulator. His sentences are pure synthesis of what an entrepreneur must consider. Never gets tired, never gives up.

    I particularly like this two quotes:
    "Remembering That You're going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.'re Already naked. There's no reason not to follow your heart."
    and "Things do not have to change the world to be important"

    PD: intelligent&sexy pictures ;)

    1. Intelligent AND sexy side by side - that's a rare pair.:) Thanks, babe, I don't know if I agree, but THANK YOU.

  10. i just came back from tiring meeting and meeting bunch of peeps talk too much and nearly for me to punch in they face. -face palm- thus reading this made me smiling. yeahh visionary is important. I wanna watch this movie this weekend hehhehehe. you made me wanna watch it. :)
    take care peet,

    yati , from Malaysia :)

  11. Steve Jobs has dispensed some real gems quote wise. My fave is the one about connecting the dots. Now you have me intrigued about this film.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

    1. Go watch it, I don't think you'll regret it.:)

  12. I must look into this fella a bit, love the quotes!! xx


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