Steve Wozniak is the legend of personal computing and he was the brains behind the first Apple. He is a very well liked individual partially because of his ability to follow his exact intuition and be his unique self. Rather than become a billionaire or chase money, the Woz chased his heart, he did things that mattered to him and pursued what he loved all along. He was a great artist who had indulged his entire life in to robotics, computers and gadgetry. He understood what his passion was, and it was not to be an entrepreneur. It was about inventing and creating. Here are 28 hand selected quotes by Steve Wozniak that reflect his ideals and philosophies and can serve to possibly guide you to find that particular inner desire within yourself...
1.) Take chances:
"Your first projects aren't the greatest things in the world, and they may have no money value, they may go nowhere, but that is how you learn - you put so much effort into making something right if it is for yourself."
2.) Embrace the unknown:
"The best things that capture your imagination are ones you hadn't thought of before and that aren't talked about in the news all the time."
3.) Follow intuition
"Even if you do something that others might consider wrong, you should at least be willing to talk about it and tell your parents what you're doing because you believe it's right."
4.) Find passion:
"Soldering things together, putting the chips together, designing them, drawing them on drafting tables — it was so much a passion in my life. And to this day, I'll go stay at the bottom of the org chart being an engineer, because that's where I want to be."
5.) Have faith:
"I think everything I have done in my life, my reasons at the time were right no matter how things worked out."
6.) Think different:
"I had my own little thought in my head, and it was well structured and it was correct for me. And they could have their own. It's like the song says: ‘There ain't no good guy, there ain't no bad guy, there's only you and me and we just disagree.'"
7.) Keep moving:
"Don't worry that you can't seem to come up with sure billion dollar winners at first. Just do projects for yourself for fun. You'll get better and better."
8.) Have good self beliefs:
"One thing was knowing that I was good and believing that I was good and having a good belief about myself. The other was knowing that I could disagree with other people."
9.) Think divergent:
"I had a TV set and a typewriter and that made me think a computer should be laid out like a typewriter with a video screen."
10.) Pursue desires:
"If you love what you do and are willing to do what it takes, it's within your reach. And it'll be worth every minute you spend alone at night, thinking and thinking about what it is you want to design or build. It'll be worth it, I promise."
11.) Do it YOUR way:
"My love wasn't starting a company and making money; it was designing computers and writing software. Things I could do without a company. I loved HP and wanted the greater job security. Steve went into a frenzy and had my relatives and friends call me and convince me that it was OK to start a company and just be an engineer."
12.) Find your why:
"At our computer club, we talked about it being a revolution. Computers were going to belong to everyone, and give us power, and free us from the people who owned computers and all that stuff."
"Every dream I've ever had in life has come true ten times over."
14.) Focus on others:
"The Mac's a symbol of a whole revolution, and most of us that participated in it from the beginning and believed in it bought into these new ideals of computers to really help people, and not something that you had to fight, memorize and learn, ... That whole revolution just continues in our hearts to this day."
15.) Be authentically efficient:
“Artists work best alone. Work alone.”
16.) Help others exit the system:
"When we started Apple, it seemed as though nothing could go wrong. Our first computers were born not out of greed or ego but in the revolutionary spirit of helping common people rise above the most powerful institutions."
17.) Be revolutionary:
"Our idea was that these computers were going to free us and allow us to organize. They were going to empower us. We could sit down and write programs that did more than our company's programs on their big million-dollar computers did. And little fifth-graders would go into companies and write a better program than the top gurus being paid the top salary, and it was going to turn the tables over. We were excited by this revolutionary talk."
18.) Be daring:
"If you try to make such projects, unseen by others, as perfect as any human could, you'll develop skills that other professionals don't have."
19.) Be risky:
"Steve and I ran the business into 1977 with just a few hundred bucks."
"We had a big club, and it grew to 500 members and it was huge. The club was all about giving, because back then there were not dollars in this business. It was: give some knowledge. Write down a program that you've got. Write down how to build a certain device. Offer some help. Offer some information. Offer some parts at a good price. Offer your own time."
21.) Acknowledge your inner nudges:
"I just believe that the way that young people's minds develop is fascinating. If you are doing something for a grade or salary or a reward, it doesn't have as much meaning as creating something for yourself and your own life."
22.) Create simple solutions:
"It was a culture of information exchange. The computer club was founded as more of a social organization than technical. Our whole purpose was to help others. We were frustrated that we couldn't afford a personal computer; the companies we worked for did, but we didn't like that they weren't our own. And that common bond, the interest we shared in technology, bonded us."
23.) Do what you love:
"My goal wasn't to make a ton of money. It was to build good computers. I only started the company when I realized I could be an engineer forever."
24.) Consume knowledge:
"I have always respected education, which is why I actually went back secretly and taught school for eight years."
25.) Change your perspectives:
"Don't think about the money you don't have. Rather, what can you do with what you do have?"
26.) Become fearless:
"Steve Jobs and I started with literally no money. No cars. The parts we used to create the Apple I were purchased on thirty days credit."
27.) Stretch your horizons:
"All of the best things that I did came from not having money and not having done it before."
28.) Have patience:
"I acquired a central ability that was to help me through my entire career: patience. I'm serious. Patience is usually so underrated. I mean, for all these projects, from third grade all the way to eighth grade, I just learned things gradually, figuring out how to put electronic devices together without so much as cracking a book ... I learned to not worry so much about the outcome, but to concentrate on the step I was on and to try to do it as perfectly as I could when I was doing it. I learned not to worry so much about the outcome, but to concentrate on the step I was on and to try to do it as perfectly as I could when I was doing it.”
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