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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs (1955 - 2011)

Steve Jobs was probably the most charismatic chief executive officer in my lifetime … perhaps one of the most ever. He will be missed.

Jobs was a master of the hyperbole and the catchy phrase when communicating his thoughts, dreams and opinions on technology and design. Here are some of his great lines. Enjoy them and put them work, learn from them, gain inspiration from them and share them with friends, family and co-workers.

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”

“My job is to not be easy on people. My job is to make them better.”

“Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.”

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.”

“I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do.”

"Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it."

Steven Paul "Steve" Jobs
February 14. 1955 - October 5, 2001
You will be missed.

UPDATE - 12 hours after originally posting this blog - According to, at 8:30 PM EST October 5 - 249,000 tweets were sent out mentioning Apple Founder, Steve Jobs following the news of his passing. By 8:30 AM 10/6, that number had jumped to an astounding 2.5 million. The results were recorded by Sysomos throughout the night, detailing just how much the revolutionary tech leader affected the social networking world at large.

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