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19 Inspirational Lessons from Steve Jobs | Steve Jobs Quotes

“19 Inspirational Lessons from Steve Jobs | Steve Jobs Quotes” written by Mike Marko.

Have you heard of Steve Jobs? Or Apple?

Who hasn’t…?

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.”

What’s Your Favorite Of The Inspirational Lessons from Steve Jobs?

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What is the Ideal Body Type for Men or Women? Thoughts About the New Wonder Woman

What is the Ideal Body Type According to Both Men and Women?  Thoughts About the New Wonder Woman.

When we think of the most beautiful women in the world, we typically think of models or beauty pageant winners as the ideal physical beauty. When I worked in the fashion industry in NYC, as an intern, the runway models were beautiful, tall rail-thin, young girls of 15-18 years of age with no curves or defined muscles, and a typical beauty pageant winner is about 5’ 8” 115 lbs. in other words, women with a petite body type.

So It’s interesting to hear of the recent backlash for the choice of Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder’s new DC movie Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.(If you’re not sure who she is, her name is Gal Gadot. You might remember her as Mark Wahlberg’s girlfriend in the movie Date Night and Miss Israel of 2004) The consensus is she doesn’t have a big enough visual presence;  not enough body mass, not strong and powerful enough!

One of the biggest criticisms that is usually lobbed at superhero movies—whether it’s DC, Marvel, is that they’re extremely man-centric. Therefore, the backlash for the choice in the role of Wonder Woman might be because if more men are watching these types of movies then the opinions about her body type will be more male dominated and men and women think differently about a women’s ideal body type.

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So What is the Ideal Body Type?

We all know that ideal body type changes with time from the curvy Gibson girl of 1900 to the ultra thin twiggy of the 60’s era, but did you know opinions also vary by gender? In the following chart it’s interesting to note the difference between men and women’s idea of the ideal women’s body type.

What is the ideal body type for this century?

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The main difference between men and women’s idea of a woman’s physical beauty is that, as a rule, men tend to think the ideal body type for women is a little thicker. It has more physical presence. Women tend to think an ideal body type for women is more like celebrities Jennifer Anniston and Gwenyth Paltrow, petite and thin. Men typically choose more curvaceous bodies like Kim K and Scarlet Johnson. They like long, muscular legs, but not too muscular, (no 6 packs) athletic, toned, (but not too muscular or defined) with long flowing hair, not a rail-thin runway model or beauty pageant winner.

With all that said, maybe the very idea of an ideal body type doesn’t even matter.

In the real world when looking for that ideal partner, even though we are aware of the ideal body type, it’s not like we reject people if they don’t have perfect bodies.  We decide our life partners on many more important factors like personality and character. Whether or not someone is an ideal body type does not make them Wonder Woman at the end of the day.

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Embrace Your Flaws – What You Can Learn From the Steve Jobs Biography

Embrace Your Flaws – What You Can Learn From the Steve Jobs Biography.

While listening to Steve Jobs biography on audio book, I couldn’t decide was he a good or bad person, genius or jerk?

Here are just a few of the contradictions that make up Steve Job’s life:

  1. He was a brilliantly intelligent college drop-out
  2. Given up for adoption, he denied paternity of his daughter
  3. A hippie artist head of a billion dollar company
  4. A ruthless and belittling personality type who developed a loyal following
  5. A strict vegan who eventually succumbed to cancer.
  6. A flawed man who accomplished great things

Why You Should Embrace Your Flaws

“I believe now that we are greater than the sum of our parts.” – John Green, Looking for Alaska

I have in the past put my hero’s on a pedestal, and have a hard time thinking of them as flawed, but I’ve come to realize that most historical leaders and mythological figures had major character flaws and were still able to bring value to multitudes of peoples lives; not in spite of their flaws, but because of them. Maybe these things we see as flaws are part of the necessary formula that propels people to greatness in the first place. And without these flaws there would be no greatness.

General Ulysses S Grant,18th president of the US, had a drinking problem, but the grittiness and tenacity  and stubborn fixity of purpose to lead in one of the bloodiest wars in American history. In the Union armies there were generals as brilliant as Grant, but none with his iron determination.

Many legendary  figures fail to live up to the ideal: The Bible’s King David’s was a man of contrasts. He was single-mindedly committed to God, yet guilty of some of the most serious sins recorded in the Old Testament. His commitment to his faith was strengthened by the grace and mercy he received in spite of his failings.

Emprace Your Flaws

And in Steve Jobs life his ability to make the decision to drop out of college after six months was the same strength it took to envision a world where we don’t follow the normal ways of doing things, but lead by doing the unusual. He followed his passion, not the status quo and eventually was able to “make a dent in the universe.”

As a designer Steve had the remarkable ability to hold to his vision, overcome any situation and do whatever it took to reach his goal, even at the expense of others. He was scathing in his critiques of new products and legendary in his ruthless  hiring and firing of his employees, but he didn’t settle for mediocre product. He obsessed about every detail, down to even how his products were packaged.We now benefit from that design esthetic with the beauty and ingenuity of the products we are so connected with on a daily basis.

Accept Your Perceived Flaws

Be mindful of what you see as your perceived flaws in life.  Embrace your flaws.  Maybe you are a risk taker and it lead to a bankruptcy or loss of a job, or maybe a divorce makes you feel like a failure or you feel like you don’t have the right background or education. Remember that everything in your life is part of the necessary formula that will propel you to your greatness. And without these “flaws” there would be no greatness.

  • Don’t let your perceived flaws define you. You are greater than the sum of your parts.
  • Accept your life in its totality.  Know that you are where you are supposed to be right now.
  • Believe in yourself… all of you, your flaws and all. Your flaws are part of who you are––part of your perfection. Some professional artists put purposeful flaws in their art. Your flaws make you human, so don’t be ashamed of them.If you were flawless, you wouldn’t be perfect. Get out there, be persistent, and make YOUR OWN dent in the universe!

So today embrace your flaws.  They are part of you and will help make you successful.


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