The 100 Greatest Steve Jobs Quotes

38. "Getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life."

Where: Stanford University Commencement Speech, 2005.

In 2005, Jobs reflected on his ousting from Apple and declared it life-changing for the better. Apple as a corporation may have stifled Jobs' most sought after asset, his creative mind. Freed from corporate claws, Jobs immediately started a new venture, NeXt; his second computer start-up company.

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