Apple’s Note For New Hires: ‘People Don’t Come Here To Play It Safe’

Published on May 8, 2012 by in Social, Technology

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Apple Inc. New Headquarters (Photo credit: MarkGregory007)

The Apple inspirational note left of the desk of Instagram user “M” and discovered by New York Times columnist Nick Bilton, sums what it means to be an Apple employee.

Basically, “Team Apple! F**k yeah!”

The Instagrammer who posted the photo of the note included these words: “What greets you on your first day at Apple. I’ve had this taped to my dresser for two years. Words to live by.”

The letter left on the desk of new Apple hires reads as follows, according to “M’s” image:

There’s work and there’s your life’s work.

The kind of work that has your fingerprints all over it. The kind of work that you’d never compromise on. That you’d sacrifice a weekend for. You can do that kind of work at Apple. People don’t come here to play it safe. They come here to swim in the deep end.

They want their work to add up to something.

Something big. Something that couldn’t happen anywhere else.

Welcome to Apple.

WARNING! Severe cynicism below!

Welcome to Apple. We’re going to throw you into the deep end and you’re going to work weekends. Be inspired. Don’t play it safe, take risks, take chances, design the next iPhone by putting an “S” in the name. (Nobody is confirming if they drop these notes on new hires at Foxconn, an Apple supplier.

Cynicism aside, Apple is a company built that was built in no small part by a man named Steve Jobs, a man with a reputation for developing revolutionary products that have quite literally changed the landscape of how humans communicate with one another. So it should probably stand to reason those people taking up positions at Apple are there because they’re passionate about what they do and will willingly jump into the deep end over the weekend.

No matter which way the note rubs you; towards the cynical or the inspired, the words do have impact. They’ve had enough of an impact that this note has been around for at least a couple of years, as TheNextWeb points out this Apple inspirational note has surfaced on the internet back in 2010.


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