Steve Wozniak – Coaching Quotes and Advice

Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak – Coaching Quotes and Advice – Contents

  • Career Advice Quotes by Steve Wozniak
  • Business Advice Quotes by Steve Wozniak
  • Leadership and Management Advice Quotes by Steve Wozniak
  • Steve Wozniak Biography
  • Interesting Facts and Insights about Steve Wozniak
  • Steve Wozniak Inspirational Quotes
  • Books about Steve Wozniak
  • Common Questions about Steve Wozniak
  • Videos about Steve Wozniak
  • Steve Wozniak Quotes

Career Advice Quotes by Steve Wozniak

“I learned not to worry so much about the outcome, but to concentrate on the step I was on and to try to do it as perfectly as I could when I was doing it.”

“If you love what you do and are willing to do what it takes, it’s within your reach.”

“The human is more important than technology. Make things more human.”

“Creative things have to sell to get acknowledged.”

“Imagination is something you do alone.”

“Not everything in life can go perfectly according to plan.”

“To give of yourself is much more important than giving a gift you can buy.”

“Two attributes that have made me successful are the drive to think outside of the box and understanding the user.”


“My whole life had been designing computers I could never build.”

– Steve Wozniak

Business Advice Quotes by Steve Wozniak

“Wherever smart people work, doors are unlocked.”

“Artists work best alone. Work alone.”

“Cloud computing is growing, especially as we are all used to having our mobile devices link us to data wherever we are.”

“A lot of hacking is playing with other people, you know, getting them to do strange things.”

“You can make something big when young that will carry you through life. Look at all the big startups like Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc. They were all started by very young people who stumbled on something of unseen value. You’ll know it when you hit a home run.”

“Don’t worry that you can’t seem to come up with sure billion-dollar winners at first. Just do projects for yourself for fun. You’ll get better and better.”

“It’s a lot easier to think of an app and wite it than it is to convince people to want it, publicity is crucially important. Marketing is the most important thing.”

“The best things that capture your imagination are ones you hadn’t thought of before and that aren’t talked about in the news all the time.”

“If we build these devices to take care of everything for us, eventually they’ll think faster than us and they’ll get rid of the slow humans to run companies more efficiently.”


“All the best things that I did come from not having money and not having done it before.”

– Steve Wozniak

Leadership and Management Advice Quotes by Steve Wozniak

“Steve Jobs didn’t really set the direction of my Apple I and Apple II designs but he did the more important part of turning them into a product that would change the world. I don’t deny that.”

“Some great people are leaders and others are more lucky, in the right place at the right time. I’d put myself in the latter category. But I’d never call myself a normal designer of anything.”

“Great culture, care for clients, kind nature, fun team.”

“I never lie, even to this day. Not even a little.”

“Try to think of new ways to solve old problems. Very often we look at something we have and say, “I could make it better.’ That’s innovation.”

“I acquired a central ability that was to help me through my entire career: patience. “

“I saw lots of music devices. I loved playing with music devices. And like most of the world, I thought of a music device as a music device. Steve Jobs tends to look beyond that, and he doesn’t see a music device as having any importance at all, he sees music itself to a person as a being the important thing.”


“I have always respected education, which is why I actually went back secretly and taught school for eight years.”

– Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak Biography

Steve Wozniak (born 1950) is a technology entrepreneur. In 1976 he co-founded Apple Inc. with Steve Jobs. During his time in Apple, Steve Wozniak became widely recognized as a prominent pioneer of the personal computer revolution in the 1970s and 1980s.

In 1975, Wozniak developed the Apple I computer, which launched Apple. He primarily designed the Apple II in 1977, known as one of the first highly successful mass-produced microcomputers. Wozniak also had a significant influence over the initial development of the original Apple Macintosh concepts from 1979 to 1981. Jobs took over the project following Wozniak’s brief departure from the company due to a traumatic accident.

Steve Wozniak left Apple in 1985 and founded CL 9 and created the first programmable universal remote, released in 1987. Wozniak then pursued several other businesses and philanthropic ventures throughout his career, focusing mainly on technology in K–12 schools.

Since 2019, Wozniak has become an employee of Apple in a ceremonial capacity.


Interesting Facts and Insights about Steve Wozniak

  • Born: Stephen Gary Wozniak was born in 1950 in San Jose, California, U.S.
  • Father: Wozniak’s father, Jerry Wozniak, was an engineer for Lockheed Corporation.
  • Wozniak Name: Wozniak has stated that his surname is Polish and Ukrainian.
  • High School: Steve Wozniak graduated from Homestead High School in 1968, in Cupertino, California.
  • Berkeley Blue: In the early 1970s, Wozniak’s blue box design earned him the nickname “Berkeley Blue” in the phreaking community.
  • Star Trek: Wozniak has credited watching Star Trek and attending Star Trek conventions while in his youth as a source of inspiration.
  • Expelled: Wozniak was expelled from the University of Colorado Boulder in his first year for hacking the university’s computer system and sending prank messages.
  • Berkeley: Steve Wozniak enrolled at De Anza College in Cupertino before transferring to the University of California, Berkeley, in 1971.
  • First computer: Wozniak, as a self-taught project, designed and built his first computer with a friend in 1971. Without a screen and keyboard, it used punch cards.
  • Hewlett-Packard: Steve Wozniak was employed at Hewlett-Packard (HP), where he designed calculators.
  • Steve Jobs: While working at HP, Steve Wozniak dropped out of UC Berkeley and befriended Steve Jobs in 1971.
  • Business Partnership: Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs’s first business partnership began when Wozniak built “blue boxes” that enabled one to make long-distance phone calls at no cost.
  • First Sales Success: Jobs handled Wozniak built “blue boxes” sales and sold two hundred of them for $150 each, and split the profit with Wozniak.
  • Atari: Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs partnered again on an Atari venture to minimize the number of chips needed for an Atari arcade video game Breakout.
  • Apple I Prototype: Wozniak began designing and developing the computer that would eventually make him famous, the Apple I, in 1975.
  • Home Computer: Wozniak’s first working prototype, displaying a few letters and running sample programs. It was the first time in history that a home computer generated a character displayed on a TV screen.
  • Homebrew Computer Club: With the Apple I, Wozniak was working to impress members of the Palo Alto-based Homebrew Computer Club, a local group of electronics hobbyists interested in computing.
  • Apple Computer Company: Jobs and Wozniak formed Apple Computer Company with Ronald Wayne, whose participation in the new venture was short-lived.
  • Byte Shop: Paul Terrell, the owner of the Byte Shop, saw a presentation of the Apple I and told Jobs that he would order 50 units of the Apple I and pay $500 each on delivery, but only if they came fully assembled.
  • Apple I Hobbyist machine: The Apple I was a hobbyist machine, Wozniak’s design included a CPU (MOS 6502) on a single circuit board with 256 bytes of ROM, 4K or 8K bytes of RAM, and a 40-character by the 24-row display controller.
  • Apple’s First Computer: Apple’s first computer lacked a case, power supply, keyboard, and display. These components had to be provided by the user. About 200 Apple I computers were produced in total.
  • Funding: Jobs and Wozniak received substantial funding from a then-semi-retired Intel product marketing manager and engineer named Mike Markkula in 1976.
  • Apple II: Wozniak designed the Apple II, the first personal computer with the ability to display color graphics and a built-in BASIC programming language.
  • Mass-produced PC: Jobs and Wozniak introduced the Apple II at the 1977 West Coast Computer Faire. It became one of the first highly successful mass-produced personal computers in the world.
  • Millionaire: In 1980, Apple went public to significant financial profitability, making Jobs and Wozniak both millionaires.
  • Apple III: The Apple III, released in 1980, was a commercial failure and was discontinued in 1984. According to Wozniak, the primary reason for these failures was that the system was designed by the marketing department, unlike Apple’s previous engineering-driven projects.
  • Macintosh: During the early design and development phase of the original Macintosh, Wozniak had substantial influence over the project. Steve Jobs took over the project when Wozniak had a plane crash and was in recovery.
  • Plane crash: In 1981, a Beechcraft Bonanza A36TC, which Wozniak was piloting, crashed soon after takeoff from the airport in Scotts Valley, California.
  • Degree: After recovering from the plane crash, Wozniak enrolled back at UC Berkeley to complete his degree.
  • Apple Desktop Bus: Wozniak returned to Apple product development in the mid-1980s he designed the Apple Desktop Bus, a proprietary bit-serial peripheral bus that became the basis of all Macintosh and NeXT computer models.
  • Apple Departure: In 1985, Wozniak left Apple, stating that the company had “been going in the wrong direction for the last five years.” He then sold most of his stock.
  • CL 9: After Apple, Wozniak founded CL 9 in 1985, which developed the first programmable universal remote control in 1987.
  • Teaching: Beyond engineering, Wozniak’s goal had been to teach elementary school because of the critical role teachers play in students’ lives. Wozniak did teach computer classes to children from the fifth through ninth grades, and teachers as well.
  • Honorary Degrees: For his contributions to technology, Wozniak has been awarded ten Honorary Doctor of Engineering degrees from many different universities across the world.
  • WOZ: In 2001, Wozniak founded Wheels of Zeus (WOZ) to create wireless GPS technology to “help everyday people find everyday things much more easily.”
  • Woz U: In 2017, Wozniak founded Woz U, an online educational technology service for independent students and employees.
  • Face-blindness: Wozniak has a condition called prosopagnosia or face-blindness.
  • Honors and Awards: For his contributions to technology and philanthropist, Wozniak has been awarded many national and association Honors and Awards across the world.
  • Australian Citizenship: Wozniak applied for Australian citizenship in 2012, and has stated that he would like to live in Melbourne, Australia in the future.

“Teachers started recognizing me and praising me for being smart in science and that made me want to be even smarter in science!”

Steve Wozniak

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“Our first computers were born not out of greed or ego, but in the revolutionary spirit of helping common people rise above the most powerful institutions.”

– Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak Inspirational Quotes

“Never trust a computer you can’t throw out a window.”

“No matter how fast the computer, you still need a human to solve a problem.”

“The easier it is to do something, the harder it is to change the way you do it.”

“I’m going to give some advice that might be hard to take; work alone, not on a committee, not on a team.”

“I want the entire smartphone, the entire Internet, on my wrist.”

“I just believe that the way that young people’s minds develop is fascinating.”

“I hope you’re as lucky as I am. The world needs inventors–great ones.”

“In the end, I hope there’s a little note somewhere that says I designed a good computer.”

Most inventors and engineers I’ve met are like me. They’re shy and they live in their heads. The very best of them are artists. And artists work best alone…


“What Steve Jobs and I did, and at the same time Bill Gates and Paul Allen did – we had no savings accounts, no friends that could loan us money, but we had ideas, and I wanted all my life to be part of a revolution.”

– Steve Wozniak

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“The best things that capture your imagination are ones you hadn’t thought of before and that aren’t talked about in the news all the time.”

– Steve Wozniak

Books by Steve Wozniak

  • I, Woz, Computer Geek to Cult­ Icon, by Steve Wozniak and Gina Smith, 2007

Books about Steve Wozniak

  • Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak by Mike Venezia, 2010
  • Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and the Personal Computer by Donald Lemke, 200
  • Insanely Great, A Steve Jobs Biography, by Kyle Williams, 2017

Common Questions about Steve Wozniak


Videos about Steve Wozniak

The early days | Steve Wozniak | TEDxBerkeley


Steve Wozniak: How Steve Jobs would react if he could see Apple today


Steve Wozniak Debunks One of Apple’s Biggest Myths


“My goal wasn’t to make a ton of money. It was to build good computers.”

– Steve Wozniak

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