We are always surprised when writers suddenly realize they have hours and hours of unreleased Steve Jobs interviews that they forgot about so long after his passing. Fast Company’s Brent Schlender has such a trove from Jobs’ NeXT (and Pixar) years.
Nice discovery published by FastCompany, I’ve linked to a summary that’s easier to follow.
My favorite part of the story? These words from the man himself:
Pixar has been a marathon, not a sprint. There are times when you run a marathon and you wonder, Why am I doing this? But you take a drink of water, and around the next bend, you get your wind back, remember the finish line, and keep going.
Apple is also a marathon. Their present success is a crystallization of their long time efforts towards perfection. It’s not success over night. It’s not making a quick buck by copying other people’s stuff.
Would you picture Google as running a marathon or just sprinting for a fast dollar? Yeah, me too.