When you grow up you tend to get told that 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, have fun, save a little money.
Steve Jobs, 1994.
When you’re young, a little bit of course correction goes a long way. And I think it takes pretty talented people to do that and I don’t think enough of those get attracted into going in public eduction. You cannot even support a family with what you get paid.
That’s the moment that an artist really decides who he or she is. If they keep on risking failure, they’re still artists. Dylan and Picasso were always risking failure. This Apple thing is that way for me. I don’t want to fail, of course. But even though I didn’t know how bad things really were, I still had a lot to think about before I said yes. I had to consider the implications for Pixar, for my family, for my reputation. I decided that I didn’t really care, because this is what I want to do. If I try my best and fail, well, I tried my best. What makes you become conservative is realizing that you have something to lose.
Steve Jobs, 1998
I used to be way over on the nurture side, but I’ve swung way over to the nature side. And it’s because of Mona and having kids. My daughter is 14 months old, and it’s already pretty clear what her personality is.
Steve Jobs, 1997
I can tell you this: I’ve been married for 8 years, and that’s had a really good influence on me. I’ve been very lucky, through random happenstance I just happened to sit next to this wonderful woman who became my wife. And it was a big deal. We have 3 kids, and it’s been a big deal. You see the world differently.
Steve Jobs, 2001
I have a very simple life. I have my family and I have Apple and Pixar. And I don’t do much else.
Steve Jobs, 2004
That was one of the things that came out most clearly from this whole experience [with cancer]. I realized that I love my life. I really do. I’ve got the greatest family in the world, and I’ve got my work. And that’s pretty much all I do. I don’t socialize much or go to conferences. I love my family, and I love running Apple, and I love Pixar. And I get to do that. I’m very lucky.
Steve Jobs, 2004