“19 Inspirational Lessons from Steve Jobs | Steve Jobs Quotes” written by Mike Marko.
Have you heard of Steve Jobs? Or Apple?
Steve Jobs was a legend. His ability to show envision the Apple products before they were created, and then lead his team to making cutting edge electronic devices, is an inspiration to all.
As you can tell, I am a huge fan of Steve Jobs. That’s why I compiled this list of 19 inspirational lessons from Steve Jobs.
LESSON #1: Don’t Stop Achieving
“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.”
LESSON #2: Do Something New
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
LESSON #3: Creatively Connect the Dots
“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.”
LESSON #4: Complexity in Simplicity
“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.”
LESSON #5: Learn From Mistakes And Move On
“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”
LESSON #6: Build a Team and Surround Yourself With Them
“My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.”
“I’ve learned over the years that when you have really good people, you don’t have to baby them. By expecting them to do great things, you can get them to do great things. Ask any member of that Mac team. They will tell you it was worth the pain.”
LESSON #7: Don’t Be Distracted By Other “Good” Ideas
“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.”
LESSON #8: Stand Out Of The Crowd
“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… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but 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 the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
LESSON #9: Don’t Regret Not Trying Something
“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.”
LESSON #10: Don’t Rush on Quantity
“Quality is much better than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.”
“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.”
LESSON #11: Be Your Own Voice
“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other opinions drown your own inner voice. 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.”
LESSON #12: Don’t Expect It To All Make Sense Right Away
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. 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.”
LESSON #13: Don’t Give Up No Matter What
“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”
LESSON #14: Love What You Do; Do What You Love
“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.”
LESSON #15: Design Is Functionality
“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
LESSON #16: Want It Enough To Take Chances
“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”
LESSON #17: Don’t Make Your Goal To Make Money
“Apple’s goal isn’t to make money. Our goal is to design and develop and bring to market good products. We trust as a consequence of that, people will like them, and as another consequence, we’ll make some money.”
“You know, we don’t grow most of the food we eat. We wear clothes other people make. We speak a language that other people developed. We use a mathematics that other people evolved… I mean, we’re constantly taking things. It’s a wonderful, ecstatic feeling to create something that puts it back in the pool of human experience and knowledge.”
LESSON #18: Be An Example of Quality
“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”
LESSON #19: Borrow Ideas From Others to Be Great
“Ultimately, it comes down to taste. It comes down to trying to expose yourself to the best things that humans have done and then try to bring those things into what you’re doing. Picasso had a saying: good artists copy, great artists steal. And we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas, and I think part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians and poets and artists and zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world.”
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