Inspiration from Steve Jobs

In honor of Steve Jobs’ passing, here are 13 quotes that have inspired people around the globe. No matter what you think of the Apple brand, he was a visionary and inspiring leader who will be sorely missed by the technology community & millennials around the globe.

“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

“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.” (my favorite & definitely words to live by)

“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as it it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

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

“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 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 different in my life.”

“Design is not just what it looks like. Design is how it works.”

“I want to put a ding in the universe.”

“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 form now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it’s quite true.”

“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.”

“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.”

“My model for business is The Beatles: They were four guys that kept each other’s negative tendencies in check; they balanced each other. And the total was great than the sum of the parts.”

“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.”

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”

“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.”

Note: These quotes were compiled by Mashable from a variety of Tumblr accounts. I find the slideshow presentation of them to be clunky and slow on the slow bandwidth here in Rwanda, so I’ve pasted them as a list instead. You can view the original post here.

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