25 Aug 2011

Apple Does Furnish a Room

I was driving home last night in the midst of a seriously insane lightning storm, only to learn about Steve Jobs resignation. I seriously felt like the sky was falling.

I rely, love, use, pine for some sort of Apple product every day. I know you do too!

Just for fun, I went scrolling through some clippings that I have for office space (even though apple clearly has expanded beyond workspace), but I had to smile when I saw so many spaces that I love filled with Macs.

And, I was just reading through Jennifer Valentino-DeVries posting on favourite Steve Job quotes from the WSJ. Here are some stand-outs for me. What are your faves?

“When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.” (Playboy, Feb 1, 1985)

“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.” [The Wall Street Journal, May 25, 1993]

“I wish him the best, I really do. I just think he and Microsoft are a bit narrow. He’d be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger.” [On Bill Gates, The New York Times, Jan. 12, 1997]

“Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life or come with me and change the world?” (said to John Sculley, then at Pepsi)

“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.”

“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” [Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]. If you haven’t read this, you must!

Photo source: Adela Cabre, NORM Architects, Deborah Berke, CHRDauer, LivingEtc, March 2011