10 Inspirational Quotes By Steve Jobs

I don’t think it really hit me until I was in Palo Alto on University Ave - staring down at flowers piling up at the foot of the Apple Computer store - Steve Jobs was gone. The man who had changed how I listen to music, talk to my family, send picture to my friends was…Gone.
It’s been nearly a week since his death and I am finally understanding what this means for all of us who will be forever changed by a man who was determined to ‘make a dent in the universe’. I am also strangely aware of the fact that America may never be able nurture another Steve Jobs again. The reality is, Steve grew up in a time where America was at the top of it’s game. We had the brain power, the money, the desire to rule the world. It was a time when America raced the Soviets to send a man to the moon - and we all know who won that one. The 60’s were probably filled with so much possibility and wonder that it seemed unreasonable for Americans not to think they were not built to win.
By the time Steve was ready to start his company in the early '70s, his mind was probably exploding with infinite possibilities despite the fact that America, and the world at large, was headed for an economic nosedive.
Jumping forward to this moment - again we are drenched in economic instability, but again there is possibility. Steve was just like us, in fact he may have started worse off than us. Most of us have never had to return bottles to pay for a meal or head to the local ashram once a week to eat. We all know, in life there are challenges and what makes anyone great is how those challenges are faced. I want to remind us of the kind of severe determination it takes to be great. Here's to your greatness - may you face challenges with the same fearless determination to win.
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Don’t. Settle.
“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. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”
Words to live by.
“Stay hungry, stay foolish.”
What it means to be a creative person.
“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. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people."
[via Wired, February 1996]

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Great Artists Steal
"Picasso had a saying: 'Good artists copy, great artists steal.' We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas...I think part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians, poets, artists, zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world."
PBS’s "Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires” (1996)
About Design
“Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it's really how it works. The design of the Mac wasn't what it looked like, although that was part of it. Primarily, it was how it worked."
Innovation Comes…
“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.”
Business Week
What People Don’t Know
“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.”
Conformity is boring.
"It's more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy."
[from Odyssey: Pepsi to Apple, 1987, via The Wall Street Journal]
Your Time is Limited.
“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.” [Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]
“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.” [The Wall Street Journal, May 25, 1993]
And your bonus quote and one of my all time favorites
"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. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About 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 people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do." - Steve Jobs