He still had no license plate on his Mercedes, and he still parked in the handicapped spaces next to the front door, sometimes straddling two slots. It became a running gag. Employees made signs saying, “Park different” [the Apple motto was “Think different”] and someone painted over the handicapped wheelchair symbol with a Mercedes logo.
… care te invata ceva. Cand citeam Harry, imi placea sa-mi imaginez ca traiam si eu o prietenie la fel de puternica ca a celor trei personaje sau cel putin, apreciam foarte mult ideea unei astfel de prietenii. Citeam jurnalul Oanei Pellea si imi placea mult cum scrie. Cand citeam “One Day”, invatam sa am rabdare nelimitata in tot ceea ce fac, pentru ca eventual voi primi un raspuns. Cand am citit biografia lui Steve Jobs, am citit nu numai o carte despre Apple sau Jobs, ci despre ce inseamna o afacere proprie in anii ’70, ’80, ’90, cum se schimba lucrurile odata cu trecerea timpului si cu avansul in tehnologie, cum pot fi motivati oamenii si cum succesul nu trebuie sa fie condus de profit, ci de produs. Nu sunt neaparat fana Apple sau Steve Jobs, nici acum nu sunt. Dar. Stiu sa recomand o carte buna atunci cand o citesc. Si cum nu citesc prea multe carti de business, eu zic ca e ceva. Domnul Jobs era un om care intr-o zi te injura iar a doua zi exista sansa sa te laude. Putea distorsiona imposibilul pentru a te face sa crezi ca e posibil. Si-a asumat o groaza de riscuri in ceea ce priveste produsele Apple. Era prieten cu Bono. L-a intalnit pe presedintele Americii. A fost dat afara din propria companie, dar s-a intors ca CEO. A fondat Pixar, care ne-a dat Toy Story. Era adeptul exclusivismului (de aici rezulta diferenta intre Apple si Microsoft, la nivelul de hardware si sisteme de operare). Vroia totul sa fie perfect, dar simplu. Rezultatul: un copil de sase ani s-a putut juca pe un iPad, fara un manual de utilizare. Ii placea sa se plimbe adesea, in jurul casei, prin cartier, si majoritatea intelegerilor cu partenerii sai erau stabilite in acest fel: “Let’s take a walk.”
Si mi-am mai dat seama de un lucru: nu cred ca am renuntat la visul de a avea un Mac candva.
He who is abandoned is an abandoner.
“One day his fourth grade teacher asked him, “What is it you don’t understand about the universe?” Jobs replied, “I don’t understand why all of a sudden my dad is so broke.”
“The juice goes out of Christianity when it becomes too based on faith rather than on living like Jesus or seeing the world as Jesus saw it”, he told me. “I think different religions are different doors to the same house. Sometimes I think the house exists, and sometimes I don’t. It’s the great mystery.”
“They are making me take all these courses.” Woz replied, “Yes, that’s what they do in college”.
“If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things – that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. It’s a discipline; you have to practice it.”
“He asked me if I would put 50,000$ in and he would give me a third of the company”, said Bushnell. “I was so smart, I said no. It’s kind of fun to think about that, when I’m not crying.”
“We didn’t know how to be together and we didn’t know how to be apart.”
“He’s anti-loyal. He has to abandon the people he is close to.”
“Great art stretches the taste, it doesn’t follow tastes.”
“The journey is the reward.”
“I’ll always remember Apple like any man remembers the first woman he’s fallen in love with.”
“He was both romantic and afraid to be romantic.”
“God gave us ten styluses”, he would say, waving his fingers. “Let’s not invent another.” (he was against mobile phones having a stylus pen to use on a touch screen)
“We’re all going to have to work nights and weekends, and if you want we can hand out some guns so you can kill us now.”
“The last time there was this much excitement about a tablet [iPad], it had some commandments written on it.”
“Steve Jobs had designed a powerful computer that an illiterate six-year-old can use without instruction”, Noer wrote. “If that isn’t magical, I don’t know what is.”
“Eating dinner at Steve’s is a great experience, as long as you get out before the local restaurants close.