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Steve Jobs: His Business Advice and Words of Wisdom

Steven PaulSteveJobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American computer entrepreneur and innovator.

He was co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc., the largest technology company in the world by revenue and profit, with more than 49,000 employees and US $ 65 billion annual sales, as of 2010.

At the time of his death on October 5, 2011, Steve Jobs was widely described as a visionary, an industry pioneer, and an icon of the global consumer electronics.

Steve Jobs was also famous for his quotes on business, technology and life. I have compiled some of his most well-known business advice and words of wisdom, as follows:

Business Model

 “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.”

Focus and Simplicity

“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.”

Stealing Great Ideas

“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.”

Doing Something Wonderful

“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.”

On Loving Your Work

“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.”

 Don’t Sit Still

“I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.”

On the Value of Time

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone’s 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.”

On Death and Choices in Life

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. 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 are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

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*source of image: businessinsider.com

 


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2 Comments

  1. Thanks for the informative article, it was a good read and I hope its ok that I share this with some facebook friends. Thanks.

  2. Thanks for the post, such a waste to see a guy of his talent to be gone.

    I really envy him, Jobs having not finish schooling (not sure on this one) just like Gates. But is really contributing more to the world.

    “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.”

    I really like this comment from him..

    Thanks for sharing this, God Bless

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