Potential

We must know what we’ve got before we step forward,

so we’ll know the disturbance it can create.

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2 Sides of same coin

The key question isn’t ‘What is Evil?’ The key question is : ‘When does Good become Evil? When does the coin flip?’

What is the greatest Good; the Good that created this age? The answer was obvious. And therefore, the greatest Evil was exactly the same thing, once it began to disturb the balance.

Persuation

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 It is wise to persuade people to do things and make them think it was their own idea.

~ Nelson Mandela

Capability

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If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.

~Thomos Edison

Are You Crazy?

When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money.

That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is – everything around you that you call life, was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.

The minute that you understand that you can poke life and actually something will, you know if you push in, something will pop out the other side, that you can change it, you can mold it. That’s maybe the most important thing. It’s to shake off this erroneous notion that life is there and you’re just gonna live in it, versus embrace it, change it, improve it, make your mark upon it.

I think that’s very important and however you learn that, once you learn it, you’ll want to change life and make it better, cause it’s kind of messed up, in a lot of ways. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward. Maybe they have to be crazy.How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels? We make tools for these kinds of people. While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

–Apple Inc.

If you liked this, You would like to read:

Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ ’12 Rules of Success’

Steve Jobs went from being an unemployed college dropout to becoming one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time. And he did it thanks to these “12 Rules to Success”:

  1. Do what you love to do. Find your true passion. Make a difference. The only way to do great work is to love what you do.
  2. Be different. Think different. Better to be a pirate than to join the navy.
  3. Do your best at every job. Don’t sleep! Success generates more success so be hungry for it. Hire good people with a passion for excellence.
  4. Perform SWOT analysis. As soon as you join/start a company, make a list of strengths and weaknesses of yourself and your company on a piece of paper. Don’t hesitate to throw bad apples out of the company.
  5. Be entrepreneurial. Look for the next big thing. Find a set of ideas that need to be acted upon quickly and decisively and jump through that window. Sometimes the first step is the hardest one. Just take it. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
  6. Start small, think big. Don’t worry about too many things at once. Take a handful of simple things to begin with, and then progress to more complex ones. Think about not just tomorrow, but the future. Put a ding in the universe.
  7. Strive to become a market leader. Own and control the primary technology in everything you do. If there’s a better technology available, use it regardless of whether or not anyone else is using it. Be the first, and make it an industry standard.
  8. People judge you by your performance, so focus on the outcome. Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. Advertise. If they don’t know about it, they won’t buy your product. Pay attention to design. We made the buttons on the screen look so good you’ll want to lick them. Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
  9. Ask for feedback from people with diverse backgrounds. Each one will tell you one useful thing. If you’re at the top of the chain, sometimes people won’t give you honest feedback because they’re afraid. In this case, disguise yourself, or get feedback from other sources. Focus on those who will use your product – listen to your customers first.
  10. Innovate. Innovation distinguishes a leader from a follower. Delegate. Let other top executives do 50% of your routine work to be able to spend 50% your time on the new stuff. Say no to 1,000 things to make sure you don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much. Concentrate on really important creations and radical innovation. Hire people who want to make the best things in the world. You need a very product-oriented culture, even in a technology company. Lots of companies have tons of great engineers and smart people. But ultimately, there needs to be some gravitational force that pulls it all together.
  11. Learn from failures. Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.Learn continually. There’s always “one more thing” to learn.
  12. Cross-pollinate ideas with others both within and outside your company. Learn from customers, competitors and partners. If you partner with someone whom you don’t like, learn to like them – praise them and benefit from them. Learn to criticize your enemies openly, but honestly.

So, how many of Jobs’ rules to success do you agree with? Any others you might like to add? We’d love to know what you think in the comments section below.

Source: Steve Jobs: The Journey is the Reward by Jeffrey S. Young

via Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ ’12 Rules of Success’.

Smile

If you don’t have a smile, I’ll give you one of mine.

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A smile costs nothing but gives much.  It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give.  It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.  None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it.  Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away.  Some people are too tired to give you a smile.  Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.

Smile was sung by more than one artist, including Nat King Cole, who sung it in 1954. Other artists that have remade it include Elvis Costello, Lyle Lovett, Michael Buble, and Josh Groban. The words are awesome

“Smile though your heart is aching,
smile even though it’s breaking.
When the clouds are in the sky,
you’ll get by.

If you’ll smile through your fears and sorrow.
Smile and maybe tomorrow,
you’ll see the sun come shining through,
for you.

Light up your face with gladness.
Hide every trace of sadness.
Although a tear may be ever so near.
That’s the time you must keep on trying.
Smile, what’s the use of crying.
You’ll find that life is worthwhile,
if you just smile.”