A Case of Inspiration: 24 Great Steve Jobs Quotes
Steve Jobs was the “Edison of our age.” Or, perhaps a better analogy is the equally accomplished and controversial life of Henry Ford. Regardless, Steve Jobs’ exemplary life is replete with lessons — here are four six packs of quotes…
Jobs Quotes: The Practical
’24 Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.
’23 Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
’22 Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.
’21 If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.
’20 Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.
’19 Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful … that’s what matters to me.
’18 I’m as proud of many of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done. Innovation is saying no to a thousand things.
’17 I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.
’16 Getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.
’15 Design is not what it looks and feels like. Design is how it works.
’14 Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations
’13 Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.
Steve Jobs Focus on Death
’12 When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.’ It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
’11 I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.
’10 I want to put a ding in the universe.
’09 When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.
’08 Things don’t have to change the world to be important.
’07 You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
Sometimes salty Steve Jobs
’06 Details matter, it’s worth waiting to get it right.
’05 That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.
’04 If you don’t love something, you’re not going to go the extra mile, work the extra weekend, challenge the status quo as much.
’03 You’ve baked a really lovely cake, but then you’ve used dog shit for frosting.
’02 If you keep your eye on the profit, you’re going to skimp on the product. But if you focus on making really great products, then the profits will follow.
’01 Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.
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