Engineers Should Follow Their Hearts

Posted on August 21, 2008  Comments (5)

Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder is a great engineer and full of wonderful quotes for engineers to take to heart. The autobiography of the Woz is certainly a good read for any engineer. Woz urges engineers to follow their hearts

Wozniak talked about a life driven by his passion for the electronics and computing. And passion can be a more important incentive than money, he said.

“Sometimes when you’re short of resources it forces you to do better work,” he said. To design the Apple’s logic circuitry, “I couldn’t afford an online timeshare computer system. I had to write down ones and zeros (and simulate the computer’s operations). It was all done by hand, never once on a computer.”

He offered his computer designs to HP five times, but they never were interested. “I would not sell something for money without my employer getting a cut of it.”

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5 Responses to “Engineers Should Follow Their Hearts”

  1. Carlo
    August 24th, 2008 @ 4:38 pm

    This is an advice I really want to go by. I’m definitely a passion-driven engineer.

  2. kris
    August 27th, 2008 @ 12:06 pm

    I don’t think You can achieve anything when You are not passion-driven. You won’t sit 12-14h daily learning new stuff if You don’t love it 🙂

  3. Anonymous
    August 29th, 2008 @ 5:27 pm

    Actualy I think it have to be a mix between a good plan and passion.

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