From an interview with Steve Jobs, December 19, 1991, in Redwood City, California.
Here Jobs answers a question about how much private time he spent with Joseph Juran – and then discusses the role of sacrifices in making great contributions.
STEVE JOBS: . . .Fair bit . . . I never visited him at his home. I think you learn a lot by doing that. I never met his wife, and I think you learn a lot by meeting someone's family.
Joe Juran . . . is clearly a person that spent his life on one thing. He found his great subject early in life, and he pursued it over decades. And he's made a deep, deep, deep contribution -- that will last well beyond his physical years.
And like most people that do that, there is, below the surface, great sacrifices they've made to do that. In some cases, with their family. In some cases, with a lot of other things they might have wanted to do with their lives. And I don't think Joe Juran would be an exception . . . And I imagine that if one scratches the surface a little bit, one will find some sacrifices in his life that he's made to follow the pure path that he has, that most people don't see . . . I don't know them myself. You can sense that they're there.
My take-away: Can anyone achieve anything without sacrificing something? We make choices with our time. My guess is Steve Jobs is probably right. Those among us who achieve the most have probably make the greatest sacrifices.