Make Something Wonderful

I just read and sat. When you are a stranger in a place, you notice things that you rapidly stop noticing when you become familiar. I was a stranger in America for the first time in my life, and so I saw things I’d never seen before. And I tried to pay attention to them for those three months because I knew that gradually, bit by bit, my familiarity would be gained again.

In another age, Steve believed, the people on the Macintosh team would have been writers, musicians, or artists.

We’re sort of like two planets in our own orbits that every so often intersect each other. There’s a bond there that will last as long as we both live.

We have a shot [at] putting a great object there—and if we don’t, we’re going to put one more piece-of-junk object there.

And a book was a phenomenal thing. It got right from the source to the destination without anything in the middle.

Well, things get more refined as you make mistakes.

Seek out new dimensions of  yourself— especially those that carry a romantic scent.

I look at great results and I find out who was responsible for them.

You can’t plan to meet the people who will change your life. It just happens. Maybe its random, maybe its fate. Either way, you can’t plan for it. But you want to recognize it when it happens, and have the courage and clarity of mind to grab onto it.

I have nothing to lose by following my heart and intuition, even if I embarrass myself or fail in the eyes of others.

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 will make all the difference.

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.

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.

... shake off this erroneous notion that life is there, and you’re just going to live in it versus embrace it, change it, improve it.