In today’s post I want to share some of my favorite Steve Jobs’ quotes.
Steve Jobs was a legend, one of my business heroes.
He was a marketing genius, a renegade and true entrepreneur.
He led Apple® for many years, turning it into a multi-billion dollar company.
He was a leader, a doer and achiever.
He was hard charging and savvy.
He understood business and was respected by his peers.
I recently read a book titled “I, Steve” by George Beahm, which shares some of his popular quotes.
What I’ve done below is provided a few of my favorite quotes from the book.
Each quote is in bold and italics.
After each quote I will share my own two cents on it. Enjoy.
# 1 We’re not going to be the first to this party, but we’re going to be the best.
Whatever you do, be the best at what you do. You don’t need to be the first rep in the company; you just need to be the best one.
# 2 The journey is the reward.
Who we become on our journey to success is much better and much more important than what we actually accomplish.
# 3 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.
Live your life with a purpose. Do what you love.
# 4 My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better.
Focus on providing value and helping others. Help other people reach their potential.
# 5 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. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.
Keep the main thing the main thing and eliminate distractions.
# 6 Let’s go invent tomorrow rather than worrying about what happened yesterday.
You can’t control the past. Let it go and focus on the future.
# 7 Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
Good leaders create their own path.
# 8 You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. 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. Don’t settle.
Find something you love and you will never work a day in your life.
# 9 I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance… Unless you have a lot of passion about this, you’re not going to survive. You’re going to give it up. So you’ve got o have an idea or a problem or a wrong that you want to right that you’re passionate about; otherwise, you’re not going to have the perseverance to stick it through.
When the going gets tough, get tougher.
# 10 Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.
Look for quality people to partner with.
# 11 … Most overnight success took a long time.
There is no such thing as overnight success.
# 12 … Great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.
This is a team sport. Surround yourself with talented people.
# 13 … If you know who someone’s heroes are, that tells you a lot about them.
This is so true.
# 14 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.
You’ve got one life to live. Make it count.
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In review, these are some of my favorite Steve Jobs quotes of all time.
I would love to hear what you think.
Which quote is your favorite and why?
Leave a comment below to let me know what you think.
I look forward to hearing from you.