In addition to contributing to the global impacts of his company and its products, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was an example of an exceptionally talented creator, and continues to inspire countless people to pursue their own dreams.
From a tribute to Steve Jobs:
‘Those who knew Jobs often spoke of his passion for his creations.
“It sounds ridiculous to talk about love when you are making a gadget,” said Larry Brilliant, the former director of Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org, and a longtime friend of Jobs.
“But Steve loved his work, he loved the products he produced, and it was palpable,” Brilliant said.
“He communicated that love through bits of steel and plastic.”‘
From article: “To his millions of fans, he was simply Steve” By David Sarno and Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times October 6, 2011.
Biography: Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson. The publisher describes the book as revealing that Jobs was “Driven by demons and could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. [The book] is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.”
Image: “Blessed are the weird people” – by Melissa Frances at scrapbook.com.
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“Think Different” is an advertising slogan created for Apple Computer in 1997 by advertising agency TBWA\Chiat\Day. It was used in television commercials, print ads and a number of TV promos for Apple products. The slogan was discontinued in 2002.
Original Version: The original “Long version” appeared on posters made by Apple.
The Crazy Ones
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.
“The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
“About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.
“Maybe they have to be crazy.
“How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
“While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
[Source: Wikipedia/Think Different page.]
> Here is part of an unreleased version of the Apple Think Different ad, narrated by Steve Jobs:
In his famed Commencement Address, Steve Jobs also emphasized the value of thinking differently:
“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 other’s 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.”
— Steve Jobs, Stanford University Commencement, 2005 transcript: ‘You’ve got to find what you love,’ Jobs says.
In his article about “Jobs,” the movie starring Ashton Kutcher, a Forbes writer includes a number of quotes by Jobs, including:
“Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you, and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.”
[From 10 Powerful Quotes From The Steve Jobs Movie And What They Teach Us About Leadership, by Carmine Gallo, Forbes 8/16/2013.]
Here is a video with that inspiring message : “Steve Jobs’ Vision of the World”
– from the documentary: “Steve Jobs – One Last Thing“.
[Read more quotes and see videos in post: Steve Jobs: Intensities and Obsessions.]
In the Isaacson bio, Jobs said “It was a very big moment…when I realized that I was smarter than my parents,” and said he “felt tremendous shame for having thought that.”
But this may be an experience of many exceptional people – see more in my High Ability post Smarter Than Others.