i is for…….

When the iphone came out my company gave me one as a bonus. It sat unopened for nearly 9 months as I vacillated over having to change phone carriers. Finally I made the leap. Little did I know at that moment the change it would make in my day to day life.

My phone soon became indispensible; serving as my personal assistant ~ my morning alarm, my evening white noise, my music break, my schedule keeper, my favorite camera. I found I couldn’t do without. The crackberry had nothing on this.

Years later the ipad found its way into my hands and since has been my constant companion, my portable art studio. All for the ingenuity of one man…
 


Yesterday the world said goodbye to an innovator whose dreams touched our lives. In tribute to an incredible entrepreneur, Steve Jobs

 

i is for……

innovation

“It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”
BusinessWeek interview, May 1998

 

intuition

“[Y]ou 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.”
— Stanford University commencement address, June 2005.

 

ingenuity

“Picasso had a saying: ‘Good artists copy, great artists steal.’ We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas…I think part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians, poets, artists, zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world.”
1994

 

insight

“That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
BusinessWeek interview, May 1998

 

invigoration

“My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.”
— Interview with 60 Minutes, 2003

 

inspiration

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”                                        — Stanford University commencement address, June 2005.

 

iconic

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. … Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”
— Stanford University commencement address, June 2005.

 

Images: (1) DCtdesigns (2) geekologie

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