Yesterday, Paul Allen -- who co-founded Microsoft with his friend Bill Gates -- died from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Although he left Microsoft after only eight years, the stock he owned made him a very wealthy man -- worth an estimated $20 billion.
In addition to his involvement with Microsoft, Allen owned the Seattle Seahawks football team, the Portland Trail Blazers basketball team, and he was a noted philanthropist.
Here are 17 Paul Allen quotes that will inspire your success and happiness:
1. "You look at things you enjoy in your life, but much more important is what you can do to make the world a better place."
2. "Any crusade requires optimism and the ambition to aim high."
3. "As a species, we've always been discoverers and adventurers, and space and the deep ocean are some of the last frontiers."
4. "In my own work, I've tried to anticipate what's coming over the horizon, to hasten its arrival, and to apply it to people's lives in a meaningful way."
5. "I enjoy creating new ideas, working on new creative projects."
6. "For the most part, the best opportunities now lie where your competitors have yet to establish themselves, not where they're already entrenched."
7. "In my experience, each failure contains the seeds of your next success--if you are willing to learn from it."
8. "You've got to enjoy time with your family and friends, and if you're involved in sports franchises, those peak moments in playoff games. You have to enjoy life."
9. "Technology is notorious for engrossing people so much that they don't always focus on balance and enjoy life at the same time."
10. "What should exist? To me, that's the most exciting question imaginable. What do we need that we don't have? How can we realize our potential?"
11. "In the first eight or so years at Microsoft, we were always chained to our terminals, and after I got sick the first time, I decided that I was going to be more adventurous and explore more of the world."
12. "The possible is constantly being redefined, and I care deeply about helping humanity move forward."
13. "There are relatively few ideas that you can do just by yourself."
14. "What we did was unprecedented, but what is less well understood is that we had no choice."
15. "There's going to be reversals. You have to be ready, to be philosophical about that."
16. "Others might have found us eccentric, but I didn't care. I had discovered my calling. I was a programmer."