Steve Jobs Quotes

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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.

Steve Jobs was a college dropout when he teamed up with Steve Wozniak to sell personal computers assembled in Jobs' garage. That was the beginning of Apple Computers, which revolutionized the computing industry and made Jobs a multimillionaire before he was 30 years old.

Through the years Jobs has started the NeXT Corporation, returned to Apple, became their CEO and sparked products like the colorful iMac computer and the iPod music player. He was also the CEO of Pixar the animation company responsible for movies like Toy Story and Monsters, Inc.

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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 convinced that about half
of what separates the successful entrepreneurs
from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.

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.

I didn’t see it then,
but it turned out that 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.

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Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes.
It is best to admit them quickly,
and get on with improving your other innovations.

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.

I was worth over $1,000,000 when I was 23,
and over $10,000,000 when I was 24,
and over $100,000,000 when I was 25,
and it wasn’t that important because I never did it for the money.

My job is to not be easy on people.
My job is to make them better.

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.

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Design is not just what it looks like and feels like.
Design is how it works.

I want to put a ding in the universe.

Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?

A lot of companies have chosen to downsize,
and maybe that was the right thing for them.
We chose a different path.
Our belief was that if we kept putting great products in front of customers,
they would continue to open their wallets.

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

We’ve had one of these before,
when the dot-com bubble burst.
What I told our company was that
we were just going to invest our way through the downturn,
that we weren’t going to lay off people,
that we’d taken a tremendous amount of effort
to get them into Apple in the first place,
the last thing we were going to do is lay them off.

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.

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Our DNA is as a consumer company,
for that individual customer who’s voting thumbs up or thumbs down.
That’s who we think about.
And we think that our job is to take responsibility for the complete user experience. And if it’s not up to par, it’s our fault, plain and simple.

Recruiting is hard.
It’s just finding the needles in the haystack.
You can’t know enough in a one-hour interview.
So, in the end, it’s ultimately based on your gut.
How do I feel about this person?
What are they like when they’re challenged?
I ask everybody that: ‘Why are you here?’
The answers themselves are not what you’re looking for.
It’s the meta-data.

We don’t get a chance to do that many things,
and everyone should be really excellent.
Because this is our life.

I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do.

Quality is more important than quantity.
One home run is much better than two doubles.

It comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure
we don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much.

Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water
or do you want a chance to change the world?

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