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Steve jobs

Steven Paul Jobs ( February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American entrepreneur and business magnate. He was the chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), and a co-founder of Apple Inc., chairman and majority shareholder of Pixar, a member of The Walt Disney Company’s board of directors following its acquisition of Pixar, and the founder, chairman, and CEO of NeXT. Jobs and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak are widely recognized as pioneers of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s. Jobs always pushed the boundaries of what was possible at Apple computers, and never stopped until his vision was a reality. The world of technology most certainly wouldn’t be the same as it is today if Jobs never came a long and founded Apple. This is a list of some of the most inspirational Steve Jobs quotes we can all learn from, whether you’re an entrepreneur or just an ambitious individual looking to achieve greatness.

1. “My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.” – Steve Jobs, 2 of 72

2. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs, 3 of 72

3. “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.” – Steve Jobs

4. “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations..” – Steve Jobs, 5 of 72

5. “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” – Steve Jobs, 6 of 72

6. “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.” – Steve Jobs, 7 of 72

7. “My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.” – Steve Jobs, 8 of 72

8. “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.” – Steve Jobs, 9 of 72

9. On starting Apple with Steve Wozniak: We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a 2 billion company with over 4000 employees.– Steve Jobs, 10 of 72

10. The doers are the major thinkers. The people that really create the things that change this industry are both the thinker and doer in one person.– Steve Jobs, 11 of 72

11. You can build your own things that other people can use. And once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.– Steve Jobs, 12 of 72

12. Once you discover one simple fact, and that is everything around you that you call life, was made up by people that were no smarter than you.– Steve Jobs, 13 of 72

13. I always advise people – Don’t wait! Do something when you are young, when you have nothing to lose, and keep that in mind.– Steve Jobs, 14 of 72

14. That’s why we started Apple, we said you know, we have absolutely nothing to lose. I was 20 years old at the time, Woz was 24-25, so we have nothing to lose. We have no families, no children, no houses. Woz had an old car. I had a Volkswagen van, I mean, all we were going to lose is our cars and the shirts off our back.– Steve Jobs, 15 of 72

15. We he had everything to gain. And we figured even if we crash and burn, and lose everything, the experience will have been worth ten times the cost.– Steve Jobs, 16 of 72

16. Don’t take it all too seriously. If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you’ve done and whoever you were and throw them away.– Steve Jobs, 17 of 72

17. We were really working fourteen-to-eighteen-hour days, seven days a week. For like, two years, three years. That was our life. But we loved it, we were young, and we could do it.– Steve Jobs, 18 of 72

18. You have to trust in something, your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.– Steve Jobs, 19 of 72

19. People judge you on your performance, so focus on the outcome. Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.– Steve Jobs, 20 of 72

20. You have to believe that the dots will somehow connect in your future.– Steve Jobs, 21 of 72

21. Now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you, ‘Stay hungry, stay foolish’.– Steve Jobs, 22 of 72

22. It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the Navy.– Steve Jobs, 23 of 72

23. 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.– Steve Jobs, 24 of 72

24. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.– Steve Jobs, 25 of 72

25. Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify and vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as crazy, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.– Steve Jobs, 26 of 72

26. 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.– Steve Jobs, 27 of 72

27. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice.– Steve Jobs, 28 of 72

28. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.– Steve Jobs, 29 of 72

29. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love.– Steve Jobs, 30 of 72

30. 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.– Steve Jobs, 31 of 72, In list, 72 items

31. 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 and don’t settle.– Steve Jobs

32. Almost everything, all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure, these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.– Steve Jobs, 33 of 72

33. 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.– Steve Jobs, 34 of 72

34. Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.– Steve Jobs, 35 of 72

35. There is no reason not to follow your heart– Steve Jobs

36. And you can change it, you can influence it. – Steve Jobs, 37 of 72

37. In the broadest context, the goal is to seek enlightenment – however you define it.– Steve Jobs, 38 of 72

38. If you want it, you can fly, you just have to trust you a lot.– Steve Jobs, 39 of 72

39. When you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader than that.– Steve Jobs, 40 of 72

40.The only thing you have in your life is time. If you invest that time in yourself to have great experiences that are going to enrich you, then you can’t possibly lose.– Steve Jobs, 41 of 72

41. There was a constant flow of intellectual questioning about the truth of life. That was a time when every college student in this country read Be Here Now and Diet for a Small Planet – there were about ten books.– Steve Jobs, 42 of 72

42. On being fired from Apple and called back 12 years later: What a circle of life. You know? Life is just always mysterious and surprising, and you never know what’s around the next corner.– Steve Jobs, 43 of 72

43. We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know…– Steve Jobs, 44 of 72

44. So this is what we’ve chosen to do with our life. We could be sitting in a monastery somewhere in Japan. We could be out sailing. Some of the executive team could be playing golf. They could be running other companies. And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it. And we think it is.– Steve Jobs

45. In business, if I knew earlier what I know now, I’d have probably done some things a lot better than I did, but I also would’ve probably done some other things a lot worse. But so what? It’s more important to be engaged in the present.– Steve Jobs, 46 of 72

46. I think the things you most regret in life are things you didn’t do. What you really regret was never asking that girl to dance.– Steve Jobs, 47 of 72

47. I’ve been rejected, but I was still in love.– Steve Jobs

48. If you don’t love it, you’re going to fail. Click to tweet– Steve Jobs, 49 of 72

49. I was lucky, I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents’ garage when I was 20.– Steve Jobs, 50 of 72

50. People say you have to have a lot of passion for what you’re doing and it’s totally true. And the reason is because it’s so hard that if you don’t, any rational person would give up. It’s really hard. And you have to do it over a sustained period of time. So if you don’t love it, if you’re not having fun doing it, you don’t really love it, you’re going to give up.– Steve Jobs, 51 of 72

51. If you really look at the ones that ended up, you know, being “successful” in the eyes of society and the ones that didn’t, oftentimes, it’s the ones who were successful and loved what they did so they could persevere, you know, when it got really tough. And the ones that didn’t love it quit because they’re sane, right? Who would want to put up with this stuff if you don’t love it?– Steve Jobs, 52 of 72

52. So it’s a lot of hard work and it’s a lot of worrying constantly and if you don’t love it, you’re going to fail. So you’ve got to love it and you’ve got to have passion and I think that’s the high-order bit. – Steve Jobs, 53 of 72

53. That was one of the things that came out most clearly from this whole experience [with cancer]. I realized that I love my life. I really do. I’ve got the greatest family in the world, and I’ve got my work. And that’s pretty much all I do. I don’t socialize much or go to conferences. I love my family, and I love running Apple, and I love Pixar. And I get to do that. I’m very lucky.– Steve Jobs

54. You get your wind back, remember the finish line, and keep going. – Steve Jobs, 55 of 72

55. At Apple, people are putting in 18-hour days.– Steve Jobs, 56 of 72

56. I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance. It is so hard. You put so much of your life into this thing. There are such rough moments in time that I think most people give up. I don’t blame them. It’s really tough and it consumes your life.– Steve Jobs, 57 of 72

57. If you’ve got a family and you’re in the early days of a company, I can’t imagine how one could do it. I’m sure it’s been done but it’s rough. It’s pretty much an eighteen hour day job, seven days a week for awhile. Unless you have a lot of passion about this, you’re not going to survive. You’re going to give it up.– Steve Jobs, 58 of 72

58. You’ve got to have an idea, or a problem or a wrong that you want to right that you’re passionate about, otherwise you’re not going to have the perseverance to stick it through. I think that’s half the battle right there.– Steve Jobs, 59 of 72

59. I’ve read something that Bill Gates said about six months ago. He said, ‘I worked really, really hard in my 20s.’ And I know what he means because I worked really, really hard in my 20s too. Literally, you know, 7 days a week, a lot of hours every day. And it actually is a wonderful thing to do, because you can get a lot done. But you can’t do it forever, and you don’t want to do it forever, and you have to come up with ways of figuring out what the most important things are and working with other people even more.– Steve Jobs, 60 of 72

60. I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard on something, but working on Macintosh was the neatest experience of my life. Almost everyone who worked on it will say that. None of us wanted to release it at the end.– Steve Jobs, 61 of 72

61. On the MacIntosh: When we finally presented it at the shareholders’ meeting, everyone in the auditorium gave it a five-minute ovation. What was incredible to me was that I could see the Mac team in the first few rows. It was as though none of us could believe we’d actually finished it. Everyone started crying.– Steve Jobs, 62 of 72

62. As it was clear that the Sixties were over, it was also clear that a lot of the people who had gone through the Sixties ended up not really accomplishing what they set out to accomplish, and because they had thrown their discipline to the wind, they didn’t have much to fall back on.– Steve Jobs, 63 of 72

63. I think this is the start of something really big. Sometimes that first step is the hardest one, and we’ve just taken it.– Steve Jobs, 64 of 72

64. On the MacIntosh: It was as though we knew that once it was out of our hands, it wouldn’t be ours anymore – Steve Jobs, 65 of 72

65. Most people don’t get those experiences because they never ask. I’ve never found anybody that didn’t want to help me if I asked them for help.– Steve Jobs, 66 of 72

66. Most people never pick up the phone and call. Most people never ask. And that’s what separates sometimes the people that do things from the people that just dream about them.– Steve Jobs, 67 of 72

67. As you may know, I was basically fired from Apple when I was 30 and was invited to come back 12 years later so that was difficult when it happened but maybe the best thing that could ever happen to me. […] you just move on, life goes on and you learn from it.– Steve Jobs, 68 of 72

68. I feel like somebody just punched me in the stomach and knocked all my wind out. I’m only 30 years old and I want to have a chance to continue creating things. I know I’ve got at least one more great computer in me. And Apple is not going to give me a chance to do that.– Steve Jobs, 69 of 72

69. We’ve done so many hardware products where Jony and I have looked at each other and said, ‘We don’t know how to make it any better than this, we just don’t know how to make it’. But we always do; we realize another way. And then it’s not long after the new thing comes out that we look at the older thing and go, ‘How can we ever have done that?’– Steve Jobs, 70 of 72

70. Life goes on and you learn from it.– Steve Jobs, 71 of 72