Posted by: jkirkby8712 | October 8, 2011

Friday, 7th October 2011 – comments on Steve Jobs.

Unheard of – I went back to sleep after the alarm, woke again at 7.20, and was on my way into the city at 8am, expecting an horrific drive at that time –  in actual fact, it turned out to be my best ‘run’ for the year, made it to Northcote in 40 minutes.  Still the first to arrive!!!  A beautiful  morning [my second last Friday!!] although some showers are predicted later on.  Hopefully, the rain will stay away tomorrow – Sunbury Show day!

I wonder if I can take the liberty of borrowing a couple of quotes that appeared on a bit of correspondence from the proprietors of this blog site, I don’t think the source of the quotes was specified, but nevertheless, they impressed this writer [and reader] enough to want to keep them for future reference.  They followed on from a tribute to Steve Jobs, [and perhaps in retrospect, it was from him that the quotes originated] who died the other day in the US. He was the  American computer entrepreneur and innovator who was co-founder,  chairman, and chief executive officer of  Apple Mac.   As that organisation itself wrote in tribute – “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor.  Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple”.  It was only about 6 weeks ago that he announced his resignation as CEO of Apple after several years of failing health – he said then that    “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know,” Jobs, 56, wrote in his letter of resignation “to the Apple board of directors and the Apple community.” “Unfortunately, that day has come”.

Anyway, to those quotations, which I’m suggesting are attributed to Jobs.


  • We think the Mac will sell zillions, but we didn’t build the Mac for anybody else. We built it for ourselves. We were the group of people who were going to judge whether it was great or not. We weren’t going to go out and do market research. We just wanted to build the best thing we could build.
  • When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.
  • 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.

Certainly, some very powerful pieces of advice which we could easily apply to so many areas of  our lives and attitudes to the way we live those lives. Well worth reflecting upon.

I was listening to a concert on ABC FM tonight, from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and it included a piece which featured as guest violin soloist, Sophie Rowell, one of the departing members of the Australian String Quartet [ASQ]. During the interval, there was a very interesting and in depth interview with Sophie, which included her thoughts about departing from the ASQ which had almost being as close as her own family for over 11 years. While she was obviously looking forward to moving on to new things, it was also clearly a bit of a wrench to move away from the ASQ, and in addition, from the Stradivarius violin that she has been playing with the ASQ which belonged to the ASQ itself rather than the individual. I was quite surprised that Sophie sounded much more modest and also ‘shy’ in the interview, certainly a far cry from the confident manner in which I have seen her play with the quartet. A very insightful interview.

Speaking of the Australian String Quartet, I received an invitation to a special concert & dinner with the ASQ to acknowledge the departure of Sophie and Sally and commemorate the stunning achievements of the current four players over the past five seasons. The evening, which was restricted to just 90 attendees, was to begin with a one hour concert, followed by a three course dinner with matching premium wines.  I’m sure it would be a wonderful evening, and quite enjoyable. Upon reading through the details on the official ‘Booking Form’, I had an immediate change of heart despite the fact that I have been to most of the ASQ’s concerts during those five seasons.  At a cost of  $A195 per ticket, I decided that was just a touch too much to expect of this supporter.!!!

This weekend, over in New Zealand, we have the four Rugby World Cup quarterfinals  to be played, and they are:

  • Saturday – Ireland vs Wales
    • England vs France
    • Sunday –  South Africa vs Australia
      • New Zealand vs Argentina

I think I might have to put aside a couple of hours on Sunday, to watch the Australian game – playing against the current champions, it might be the Aussies last appearance in the tournament.

With the Sunbury Show due to be on tomorrow, tonight’s weather did not promise much – at one stage, it was raining steadily, and things looked ominous for both the Show, and the start of the local cricket season. Second son, Adam, playing for the Sunbury Lions, has apparently been promoted, at least for the first match [a one day game tomorrow] to the Club’s senior team, I must make a point of trying to get around to seeing part of that game after my Show duties are completed.


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