“It wasn’t that long ago, about 20 years, in fact, that the personal computer was considered a glorified Etch A Sketch. People didn’t know what it was or what to do with it,” Michael Cramton writes for InvestingAnswers.

“They certainly couldn’t imagine that it would evolve to be the size of a deck of cards, fit in your pocket and perform functions a million times faster than the smartest computers at the time. Or that everyone would want one,” Cramton writes. “But one person did. Steve Jobs was fascinated by computers from a young age, and the first time he encountered a rudimentary mouse-based system at the Xerox PARC facility in 1979, he knew the future of computing. And he wanted to be at the center of it.”

“It wasn’t long after that his young start-up, Apple Computers, developed a machine that would revolutionize the computing world. Along the way he captured the hearts and imaginations of people everywhere — developing products people didn’t even know they needed — and berating any employee who didn’t meet his standard of excellence,” Cramton writes. “Today, Apple, Inc. sets the standard for what a personal computer can be and do. As the genius behind Apple steps down, his replacement, Tim Cook, will have big shoes to fill.”

Cramton writes, “There’s a lot we can all learn from Steve Jobs — from his ’60s-style idealism to his ’80s-style business savvy — and to start with, here are 50 inspirational quotes from the mastermind of the personal computer.”

A sampling:

• “The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it to a nationwide communications network. We’re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people — as remarkable as the telephone.” (1985)

• “You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers.”

• “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

47 more Steve Jobs quotes in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Citymark” for the heads up.]