Smart Quotes by Steve Jobs
Released 11/05/11 after his passing. Clarified by Peter/CXO Wiz4.biz, Organizer, Entrepreneur Meetups 733 & 1720
Steve Jobs’ Apple founded, built and led a company that created revolutionary technology products – products that harnessed the power of technology for the non-technically inclined. You probably have an iPhone in your pocket or an iPad in your briefcase. But Jobs left us with much more than just products as his legacy. Your iPhone will be obsolete in a few years. But Steve Jobs’ words of wisdom live on. Jobs left us his vision and lessons of a lifetime of not compromising, pursuing an entrepreneurial dream, and reaching for the best. Here’s a look at Steve’s lessons to us all. (I tried to put quotes in order, so you could see the evolution, Peter)
“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 for less.”
“It’s more fun to be a Pirate than to join the Navy. Follow your wildest dream.”
“We’re gambling on our Vision of what people need, and we would rather give them the weird MacIntosh than make “me too” products. For us, it’s always going to be giving them the next dream.
The Internet “The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it to a nationwide communications network. We’re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people––as remarkable as the telephone.”
“Revolutionary Products. You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something newer. Figure out what they want, before “they” even know it. Most people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”
One of my Mantras is Focus & Simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clear enough to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your own intuition.”
“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 for anything less.
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties & talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed you to be.”
“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, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”
“You have to Trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, intuition, yourself, to go against what most people are saying. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
“Every once in a while a Revolutionary Product comes along that changes everything. It’s very fortunate if you can work on just one of these in your career. … Apple’s been very fortunate in that it’s introduced a few of these – from the MacIntosh to the iPhone”. We want to make our products “insanely great” !! Older people sit down and ask, ‘What is it?’ but the young ask, ‘What can I do with it?’.
“Have the courage to follow your heart’s desires. They somehow already know strongly, what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary, of much lesser importance.”
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.”
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Comments: Do you have any Quote you like from Steve? How do you remember him?