“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 other’s 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.” ~ Steve Jobs
‘Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.’
— Reinhold Niebuhr
“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“Optimism is a good characteristic, but if carried to an excess, it becomes foolishness. We are prone to speak of the resources of this country as inexhaustible; this is not so.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life; I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”- Theodore Roosevelt
“The worst of all fears is the fear of living.”- Theodore Roosevelt
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt
“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” Theodore Roosevelt
“A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying… that he is wiser today than yesterday.” – Jonathan Swift
“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” – Steve Jobs
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs
“It’s not about pop culture, and it’s not about fooling people, and it’s not about convincing people that they want something they don’t. We figure out what we want. And I think we’re pretty good at having the right discipline to think through whether a lot of other people are going to want it, too. That’s what we get paid to do.” – Steve Jobs
“So when a good idea comes, you know, part of my job is to move it around, just see what different people think, get people talking about it, argue with people about it, get ideas moving among that group of 100 people, get different people together to explore different aspects of it quietly, and, you know – just explore things.” – Steve Jobs
“In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains of the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.” – Steve Jobs
And just so you know… I don’t really care if anyone calls me crazy. Because, perhaps I am.
My advocacy for QA is working with developers to make better software for the end users. One day, I will change the world. It’s time I start living the life I want to live.
Rest in Peace, Steve Jobs… you were the most well known exploratory QA Engineer the world has known.