乔帮主八卦

November 21, 2008 2:53 pm UTC | In Misc

MagicGlaive 前几天在 Facebook 上 share 了 Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address。这个 video 很古老了,不过再看还是蛮有意思的,摘要一下乔帮主的讲话:(好吧,我承认这篇 Blog 其实是为了 link MagicGlaive 而写的……)

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If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later. Again, 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. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that would make all the difference.

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I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over. I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

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I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for work as it is for your lovers. 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, and 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. Don’t settle.

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No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

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(Ref: Stanford Report,根据乔帮主现场讲话略有修改)

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附:一个听来的八卦。iPhone 第一代出品之前,位于 Cupertino 的整个研发中心大楼是全封闭的,哪怕乔帮主也不可以把 iPhone 带到苹果另外的楼。话说有一天乔帮主去那个楼玩 iPhone prototype,有个工程师上去对乔帮主说,这个 iPhone 设计有问题,耳机插孔不是 flushed 的(背景知识:第一代 iPhone 耳机插孔较深,一般的耳机插头插不到底,而苹果自己的耳机可以)。乔帮主瞪了一眼那个工程师,怒道,但是我们苹果有世界上最好的耳机,不是吗??

这件事情说明了几个问题:1、乔帮主是一个排他性的完美主义者;2、乔帮主很和气,可以随便搭话,有问必答,不会石沉大海;3、不要随便和乔帮主搭话……

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  1. 补充两个乔帮主的8g:

    1.据说iPhone原型的屏幕是塑料的,乔帮主在把玩的过程中不小心划花了,于是大怒,所有工作打回去重做换成玻璃的

    2.呃… 还是据说… 产品design一般不是让乔帮主点头同意那么简单,而且要准备好几套备用方案试探他老人家的心情… 心情不好的话,所有人员统统返工 —— 以上充分说明了乔帮主对待产品的态度是”严谨”的

    Comment by Magicglaive — November 21, 2008 3:46 pm UTC #

  2. 乔帮主曰:圖標砍掉重煉…

    Comment by Yifeng Gui — December 13, 2008 1:12 pm UTC #

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