To think about Steve Jobs is to remember a brilliant mind and a person that changed the world whit his creations. He was a great source of inspiration and motivation to many people ; I searched the web for some of his greatest quotes to share with all of you. Here are some of them; if you have more that you think should be in the list, please don’t hesitate to send them to me.
At the end of the quotes you will find the video of the speech Steve Jobs gave at the graduation ceremony at Stanford University, it’s really worth a watch.
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. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out 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.
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower
Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.
Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations
My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better.
We’re not going to be the first to this party, but we’re going to be the best.
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.
Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected
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 new
That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works
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
I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do
It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them
I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.
A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.
Do your best at every job. Don’t sleep! Success generates more success so be hungry for it. Hire good people with a passion for excellence.
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
Remembering that you are going to die is the best way to know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose
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.
It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.
The computer is the most remarkable tool that we’ve ever come up with. It’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds
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.
People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.
All we are is our ideas, our people. That’s what keeps us going to work in the morning, to hang around these great bright people. I’ve always thought that recruiting is the heart and soul of what we do.
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
Picasso had a saying. He said, ‘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.
Innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we’ve been thinking about a problem. It’s ad hoc meetings of six people called by someone who thinks he has figured out the coolest new thing ever and who wants to know what other people think of his idea.
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. Because 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. 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. … Stay hungry. Stay foolish
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.