In 1986, Steve Jobs bought “The Graphics Group” from Lucasfilm’s computer graphics division for ten million dollars. The company was later renamed Pixar. Steve Jobs negotiated Pixar and Disney to collaborate on a number of animated films including Toy Story. In 2006, Disney bought Pixar from Steve Jobs.
He returned to Apple as CEO in 1997
“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”- Steve Jobs
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”- Steve Jobs
“Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?”- Steve Jobs
“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.”-Steve Jobs
“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.” –Steve Jobs
2That’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.”
“Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”-Steve Jobs
“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”-Steve Jobs
“Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.”-Steve Jobs
“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.”-Steve Jobs
“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. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”-Steve Jobs
“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”-Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs facts
- Jobs was, biologically, half Arab. His biological father was Syrian and his mother was American.
- Steve Jobs was adopted shortly after being born.
- Jobs’s biological parents had one mandate–that Jobs be adopted by two college-educated people. The biological parents found out that neither Clara nor Paul Jobs had ever graduated from college, but the adoption went through when it was promised that Steve Jobs would receive a university education (funny considering that Jobs went on to become a college dropout).
- Jobs was a pescetarian, meaning he ate no meat except for fish.
- He had a pretty low GPA–just 2.65. Jobs admitted he never enjoyed school structure and preferred to learn in unconventional ways.
- He spent seven months traveling around India, experimenting with psychedelic drugs and eventually adopting the practices of Zen Buddhism.
- Jobs has called experimenting with LSD as “one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life.”
- Jobs stole from partner and co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak. When the pair first created the Breakout game for Atari, they planned on splitting the pay 50-50. Although Atari gave Jobs $5,000 for the game, Jobs told Wozniak they got $700, leaving Wozniak to take home $350 while Jobs pocketed the other $4,650.
- Jobs was pushed out of his own company in 1985. Despite the fallout, he later recognized the coup as a blessing in disguise, as it gave him a chance to experiment creatively and purchase an animation studio, which would later be known as Pixar. Eventually he rejoined Apple as CEO in 1997 (and revitalized the failing company).
- Jobs had an illegitimate child, Lisa Brennan, when he was 23, whose paternity he denied for years. Lisa’s mother had to use welfare checks to raise her child. Eventually, Jobs did accept Lisa as his legitimate child, and she changed her name to Lisa Brennan-Jobs.