The Wisdom of Steve Jobs

One of the true innovators of our generation, and a leader of the information age. Steve Jobs helped revolutionize the way we live and interact in our world via technology. Yesterday, he passed away at the age of 56. He will be greatly missed…

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

The Wisdom of Steve Jobs

A good read is The Top Ten Lessons Steve Jobs Taught Us.

“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.” [Stanford University commencement speech, June 2005]

“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.” [BusinessWeek, 1998]

“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.” [Stanford University commencement speech, 2005]

“We make tools for people. Tools to create, tools to communicate. The age we’re living in, these tools surprise you…. That’s why I love what we do. Because we make these tools, and we’re constantly surprised with what people do with them.” – [D5 Conference: All Things Digital, 2007]

“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.” – [60 Minutes, 2003]

“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.

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 others’ 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.” – [Commencement address, Stanford University, June 12, 2005]

“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.” – [Apple’s 1997 “Think Different” ad campaign]

Note: I’m collecting all the best quotes from Steve Jobs. If you find a good one, please recommend it.

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Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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