That’s why I think death is the most wonderful invention of life. It purges the system of these old models that are obsolete. I think that’s one of Apple’s challenges, really. When two young people walk in with the next thing, are we going to embrace it and say this is fantastic? Are you going to be willing to drop our models, or are we going to explain it away? I think we’ll do better, because we’re completely aware of it and we make it a priority.
Steve Jobs, in an interview with Playboy in February of 1985 (as recalled by The Next Web).
I love this quote in the context of the recent changes atop Microsoft. Steve Ballmer spent too much energy guarding old models, and too little embracing news ones while explaining them away.
Steve Jobs, by the way, was just 30 years old when he said this. He was still one of the “young people”.