In the world of tech, Steve Jobs was one of the rare people who quite literally had seen and done it all. For starters, Jobs played an instrumental role in the development of three game-changing tech products, the Mac, the iPod and of course the iPhone. These products not only turned Apple into a brand synonymous with innovation, but they fundamentally changed the way that we, as a society, interact with both technology and each other.
On the business side of the ball, Jobs had also seen and been through it all. After starting Apple with Steve Wozniak, Jobs in the mid-80s was unceremoniously tossed out of the company he helped co-found. From there, he went out to found NeXT, take a huge role in the success of Pixar, and of course, eventually return to Apple where he helped take the company from the brink of bankruptcy to what is now the most profitable company on the planet.
Not surprisingly, Jobs along the way learned a whole lot, a fact plainly evident in many of his more insightful quotes which are valuable not only as sound pieces of business advice, but as life lessons.
Highlighting some of Jobs’ more incisive quotes, Airows recently compiled a list of 14 Jobs-isms that are well worth reading.
A few of the highlights include:
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.
The quote above comes from Jobs’ now famous Stanford commencement speech delivered in 2005.
The quote below is one my personal favorites. Far too often, companies are too afraid to take risks because they’re deathly afraid of failure.
Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.
This one also cuts deep.
It’s hard to tell with these Internet startups if they’re really interested in building companies or if they’re just interested in the money. I can tell you, though: If they don’t really want to build a company, they won’t luck into it. That’s because it’s so hard that if you don’t have a passion, you’ll give up.”
Indeed, Jobs once said that he had a lot of respect for Mark Zuckerberg precisely because he was more intent on building a long-lasting company as opposed to seeking a lucrative buyout.
The full list of Job-isms compiled by Airows is well worth reading in its entirety. Make sure to hit the source link below to check it out.