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650 Inspirational Steve Jobs Quotes On Leadership (2023)

1. “My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better.” - Steve Jobs


2. “You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.” —Steve Jobs, chairman of Apple


3. 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 difference in my life. ~Steve Jobs


4. “For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.” – Steve Jobs


5. “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.”


6. “I do not adopt softness towards others because I want to make them better.”


7. “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.”


8. Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. -Steve Jobs


9. If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time. — Steve Jobs, co-Founder of Apple Inc.


10. “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” – Steve Jobs


11. “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.”


12. Design for yourself


13. Follow your passions


14. “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.”


15. “You’ve got to find what you love.”


16. “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 difference in my life.”


17. “You gotta act. And you’ve gotta be willing to fail, you gotta be ready to crash and burn, with people on the phone, with starting a company, with whatever. If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.”


18. “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.” —Steve Jobs


19. “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.”


20. “Steve Jobs was famous for making big bets based on intuition rather than systematic analysis.”


21. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do” – Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple


22. “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs


23. "If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time."— Steve Jobs, co-Founder of Apple Inc.


24. “My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better.” — Steve Jobs


25. “My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better.” ~ Steve Jobs


26. “When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and… to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”


27. Don’t live a limited life


28. “Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.”


29. “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.” – Steve Jobs


30. “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.” –Steve Jobs, Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Apple


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


32. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.


33. “You can’t 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.” – Steve Jobs, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple


34. “If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” — Steve Jobs


35. 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. – Steve Jobs, Co-founder Apple


36. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” - Steve Jobs


37. “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”


38. ‘Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?’ – Steve Jobs


39. “It’s a very complicated world. It’s a very noisy world. And we not gonna get a chance to get people to remember much about us. No company is. So we have to be really clear on what we want them to know about us.”


40. “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other opinions drown 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.”


41. Beleive in your idea


42. “Never settle for average.”


43. Never fear starting over


44. My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.” –Steve Jobs


45. Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. - Author: Steve Jobs


46. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” — Steve Jobs


47. “You know who the best managers are?


48. “You can’t 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.” — Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO and chairman of Apple


49. It doesn’t make sense to hire good people and tell them what to do; we hire good people so they can tell us what to do.


50. Our time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. – Steve Jobs


51. Be an entrepreneur


52. “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 … You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but 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 …” – Steve Jobs


53. “Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.”


54. “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”


55. “Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday.”


56. “Getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”


57. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.


58. “Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” – Steve Jobs, Founder


59. 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


60. “You want to know who your real friends are? Start your own business and ask for their support.” – Steve Jobs


61. “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” - Steve Jobs


62. “Picasso had a saying – ‘good artists copy, great artists steal‘ – and we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.”


63. “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” — Steve Jobs, co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc


64. “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.” ~ Steve Jobs


65. “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did”.


66. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. 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 difference in my life.” Steve Jobs


67. Death is inevitable


68. Let people think


69. “Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” — Steve Jobs


70. Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.


71. “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 difference in my life.” – Steve Jobs


72. Great things in business are never done by one person; they're done by a team of people. – Steve Jobs (Click to Tweet!)


73. 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.


74. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs


75. Why join the navy if you can be a pirate ?


76. “Gather 10 smart people into a room, and one or two will be creative, two are great at solving problems, the rest are critics. Keep the creatives away from the critics.”


77. “Sometimes life’s going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did.”


78. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. 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.”


79. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”


80. You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. 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 difference in my life.


81. Things don’t have to change the world to be important. (Steve Jobs Quotes)


82. “If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you’ve done and whoever you were and throw them away.”


83. Be focused


84. “I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love.”


85. I don’t really care about being right, I just care about success. You’ll find a lot of people that will tell you I had a very strong opinion, and they presented evidence to the contrary and five minutes later I changed my mind. I don’t mind being wrong, and I’ll admit that I’m wrong a lot. It doesn’t really matter to me too much. What matters to me is that we do the right thing.


86. “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”– Steve Jobs


87. “When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: ‘If you live each day as if 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.”


88. “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs


89. Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. ~Steve Jobs


90. “Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.”


91. “Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” – Steve Jobs


92. Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.


93. “You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.” Steve Jobs


94. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers.


95. This revolution, the information revolution, is a revolution of free energy as well, but of another kind: free intellectual energy.


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


97. “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.”


98. “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.” — Steve Jobs


99. “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.” — Steve Jobs


100. Nothing lasts


101. "If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” —Steve Jobs"


102. You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. —Steve Jobs


103. "Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life” – Steve Jobs


104. 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 difference in my life. – Steve Jobs


105. “More important than building a product, we are in the process of architecting a company that will hopefully be much more incredible, the total will be much more incredible than the sum of its parts.”


106. “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.”


107. “In your life you only get to do so many things and right now we’ve chosen to do this, so let’s make it great.” — Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple


108. The greatest artists like Dylan, Picasso and Newton risked failure. And if we want to be great, we’ve got to risk it too.


109. “Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.”


110. My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.


111. “If you’re working on something you care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” – Steve Jobsleadershipquote


112. “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” ― Steve Jobs


113. You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out. —Steve Jobs, chairman of Apple


114. “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.”


115. “There were good times, there were hard times, but there were never bad times.” – Steve Jobs


116. “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” — Steve Jobs


117. If you live each day as it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right. (Steve Jobs Quotes)


118. “Think Different.”


119. “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations.”


120. “Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” - Steve Jobs


121. I’m as proud of many of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done. Innovation is saying no to a thousand things.


122. Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.


123. Quality is more than important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles. Steve Jobs


124. “You think, well, focusing is saying yes. No, focusing is about saying no. Focusing is about saying no. And you’ve got to say no, no, no. When you say no, you piss off people.” – Steve Jobs


125. “Don’t let the noise of other opinions drown your own inner voice.” – Steve Jobs


126. “Follow your heart and your intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”


127. I’m not dismissing the value of higher education; I’m simply saying it comes at the expense of experience.


128. “Get ready, I am going to be the next Steve Jobs.”


129. “It’s a beautiful day. Dont let it get away.”- Steve Jobs


130. “Get closer than ever to your customers. So close that you tell them what they need well before they realize it themselves.” – Steve Jobs


131. We don’t get a chance to do that many things and everyone should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.


132. “Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday.” – Steve Jobs


133. Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.


134. “Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice.” – Steve Jobs


135. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” —Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple


136. “Getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again.“


137. “If you are willing to work hard and ask lots of questions, you can learn business pretty fast.”


138. “Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people.”


139. “The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.” – Steve Jobs


140. You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. 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 difference in my life.” – Steve Jobs


141. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs


142. “My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.” – Steve Jobs, time management quotes by Steve Jobs


143. “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” — Steve Jobs, American business magnate.


144. Great things in business are never done by one person; they're done by a team of people.'—Steve Jobs


145. “The people who think they are crazy enough to change the world are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs


146. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. 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.


147. “The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.”- Steve Jobs


148. “We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So, it better be damn good. It better be worth it.”


149. 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. -Steve Jobs


150. When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact. Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.


151. “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.” – Steve Jobs


152. “ 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.” – Steve Jobs, Co-founder, CEO, Chairman Apple Inc.


153. Negotiable Actions


154. "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life."-Steve Jobs


155. “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 good work”.


156. “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.”


157. “If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” – Steve Jobs


158. “You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.” — Steve Jobs


159. “Let’s go invent tomorrow rather than worrying about what happened yesterday.”


160. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know it when you find it. —Steve Jobs


161. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. - Steve Jobs.


162. “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.” – Steve Jobs


163. “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,” he said in his 2005 commencement address at Stanford.


164. “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” – Steve Jobs.


165. “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition: they somehow know what you want to become” – Steve Jobs


166. If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time. – Steve Jobs


167. “Como dijo Steve Jobs: “La creatividad es simplemente conectar cosas. Cuando uno le pregunta a la gente creativa cómo hicieron algo, se sienten un poco culpables porque en realidad ellos no lo hicieron; ellos solo vieron algo, y les pareció obvio después de un rato”.”


168. “My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better.”


169. “I’m actually as proud of many of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done”


170. “I hate it when people call themselves “entrepreneurs” when what they’re really trying to do is launch a startup and then sell or go public, so they can cash in and move on.”


171. Do something meaningful everyday


172. “It’s only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.” —Steve Jobs


173. Steve Jobs – “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 difference in my life.”


174. When you’re doing something for yourself, or your best friend or family, you’re not going to cheese out. If you don’t love something, you’re not going to go the extra mile, work the extra weekend, challenge the status quo as much.


175. “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. “


176. “Steve Jobs gave a small private presentation about the iTunes Music Store to some independent record label people. My favorite line of the day was when people kept raising their hand saying, "Does it do [x]?", "Do you plan to add [y]?". Finally Jobs said, "Wait wait — put your hands down. Listen: I know you have a thousand ideas for all the cool features iTunes could have. So do we. But we don't want a thousand features. That would be ugly. Innovation is not about saying yes to everything. It's about saying NO to all but the most crucial features.”


177. Have passion


178. “If you haven’t found it yet. keep looking.” – Steve Jobs


179. “It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. ” ~ Steve Jobs


180. “Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.” ~ Steve Jobs


181. Don’t sell crap


182. “I like interacting in the world of ideas, though somehow those ideas have to be tied to some physical reality. One of the things I like the most is dropping a new idea on a bunch of incredibly smart and talented people and then letting them work it out themselves. I like all of that very, very much.”


183. Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. – Steve Jobs


184. “Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?” – Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple 1997-2011


185. I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance. It is so hard. You put so much of your life into this thing. There are such rough moments in time that I think most people give up. I don’t blame them. It’s really tough and it consumes your life. If you’ve got a family and you’re in the early days of a company, I can’t imagine how one could do it. I’m sure it’s been done but it’s rough. It’s pretty much an 18-hour day job, seven days a week for a while. Unless you have a lot of passion about this, you’re not going. to survive.


186. “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.”


187. “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” — Steve Jobs, co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc.


188. Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” - Steve Jobs


189. “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” ~ Steve Jobs


190. “Stay hungry, stay foolish.” – Steve Jobs


191. “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.” ― Steve Jobs


192. You think, well, focusing is saying yes. No, focusing is about saying no. Focusing is about saying no. And you’ve got to say no, no, no. When you say no, you piss off people.


193. “My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better.” –Steve Jobs


194. “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.” — Steve Jobs


195. “Learn continually. There’s always ‘one more thing’ to learn!” — Steve Jobs


196. “Things don’t have to change the world to be important.” – Steve Jobs


197. “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs


198. “Self-confidence must come from within. Outside reinforcement and strokes can help. but you have to build your own confidence.” – Steve Jobs.


199. “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.”- Steve Jobs


200. “To go forward you have to leave something behind.”


201. Bottom line is, I didn’t return to Apple to make a fortune. I’ve been very lucky in my life and already have one. When I was 25, my net worth was $100 million or so. I decided then that I wasn’t going to let it ruin my life. There’s no way you could ever spend it all, and I don’t view wealth as something that validates my intelligence. ( Motivational Steve Jobs Quotes )


202. “Everything around you that you call life, was made up by people that were no smarter than you.”


203. Picasso had a saying – ‘good artists copy, great artists steal‘ – and we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.


204. “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. “


205. “The greatest thing is when you do put your heart and soul into something over an extended period of time, and it is worth it.”


206. “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.”


207. “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.” –Steve Jobs


208. 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 difference in my life.


209. Don’t regret


210. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” ~ Steve Jobs


211. The greatest thing is when you do put your heart and soul into something over an extended period of time, and it is worth it.


212. “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 importantly. have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs


213. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and follower.” Steve Jobs


214. “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.”


215. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” —Steve Jobs


216. “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”—Steve Jobs.


217. 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. (Steve Jobs Quotes)


218. “The most precious thing that we all have with us is time”


219. Everything is important- that success is in the details.


220. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out okay. The minute I dropped out I (began) dropping in on the (classes) that looked interesting. I learned about serif and sans serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and. I found it fascinating.


221. “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”


222. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” ~ Steve Jobs


223. “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” – Steve Jobs


224. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” —Steve Jobs, chairman of Apple


225. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Have the courage to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs


226. Toy Gifts for Kids This Christmas


227. Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people. – Steve Jobs


228. You’ve got to start with the customer experience and work back toward the technology – not the other way around. (Steve Jobs Quotes)


229. Year. Old Nigerian Boy Leaps to Fame


230. “Our goal is to make the best devices in the world, not to be the biggest.”


231. “Your time here is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” -Steve Jobs


232. “Whatever you do, you must never let the voice in your head control the brain in your heart.”


233. 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.


234. “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.”


235. We at Apple had forgotten who we were. One way to remember who you are is to remember who your heroes are.


236. Stay hungry. Stay foolish.


237. Focus on quality not quantity


238. Each dream you leave behind is a part of your future that will no longer exist. - Steve Jobs


239. “Strategies for Influence” explores and shares the BIG IDEAS from the Leaders of Influence that can help you with your Career, Business, and Leadership. Click on any of the links below for a Min-MBA on the Big Ideas that have influenced our work and culture.


240. “Details matter, it’s worth waiting to get it right.”


241. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple


242. “It doesn't make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do. We hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.'” - Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple


243. “I don’t really care about being right, I just care about success. You’ll find a lot of people that will tell you I had a very strong opinion, and they presented evidence to the contrary and five minutes later I changed my mind. I don’t mind being wrong, and I’ll admit that I’m wrong a lot. It doesn’t really matter to me too much. What matters to me is that we do the right thing.”


244. “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.” -Steve Jobs


245. “We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?”


246. “My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better.” – Steve Jobs


247. 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.


248. “Great things in business are never done by one person. They're done by a team of people.”


249. If you keep your eye on the profit, you’re going to skimp on the product. But if you focus on making really great products, then the profits will follow.


250. “We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and everyone should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.”


251. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” -Steve Jobs


252. “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.”


253. Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently…they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.


254. 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. (Steve Jobs Quotes)


255. “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.” – Steve Jobs


256. Never settle


257. “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.”


258. “If you live each day as it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right.”


259. 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. — Steve Jobs


260. “Again, 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 difference in my life.”


261. “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.“


262. Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. –Steve Jobs


263. It’s not about pop culture, and it’s not about fooling people, and it’s not about convincing people that they want something they don’t. We figure out what we want. And I think we’re pretty good at having the right discipline to think through whether a lot of other people are going to want it, too. That’s what we get paid to do.


264. “If you don’t love it, you’re going to fail.”


265. “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.” —Steve Jobs


266. “Part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians, poets, and artists, and zoologists, and historians. They also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world. But if it hadn't been computer science, these people would have been doing amazing things in other fields.”


267. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” –Steve Jobs


268. Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.


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


270. “For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.” - Steve Jobs


271. Management is about persuading people to do things they do not want to do, while leadership is about inspiring people to do things they never thought they could.' – Steve Jobs


272. “If you want it, you can fly, you just have to trust you a lot.”


273. “My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better.” ~ Steve Jobs


274. 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. — Steve Jobs


275. 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 difference in my life.” ~ Steve Jobs


276. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” -Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple


277. 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. - Steve Jobs


278. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” -Steve Jobs


279. “It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.” – Steve Jobs


280. “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.”


281. Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. – Steve Jobs


282. “Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity, not a threat.” - Steve Jobs


283. “I’m as proud of many of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done. Innovation is saying no to a thousand things.”


284. “The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.” – Steve Jobs


285. I'm convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance. -Steve Jobs (American business magnate)


286. My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better. - Steve Jobs


287. 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.


288. “Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.”


289. “It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.”


290. It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do. We hire smart people so they can tell us what to do. - Steve Jobs


291. “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.” —Steve Jobs


292. Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. -Steve Jobs


293. “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” – Steve Jobs


294. If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time. -Steve Jobs


295. “Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” - Steve Jobs (Click to Tweet)


296. If you want it, you can fly, you just have to trust you a lot.


297. “If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.” ~ Steve Jobs


298. “I’ve learned over the years that when you have really good people, you don’t have to baby them,” Jobs told me. “By expecting them to do great things, you can get them to do great things. Ask any member of that Mac team. They will tell you it was worth the pain.” Most of them do. “He would shout at a meeting, ‘You asshole, you never do anything right,’” Debi Coleman recalls. “Yet I consider myself the absolute luckiest person in the world to have worked with him.”


299. “To me, marketing is about values.”


300. Stay hungry. Stay foolish. Steve Jobs


301. “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 its 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.” – Steve Jobs


302. “Learn continually. There’s always “one more thing” to learn.”


303. “Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”


304. “If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.” — Steve Jobs


305. “Get closer than ever to your customers. So close that you tell them what they need well before they realize it themselves.”


306. “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.” – Steve Jobs


307. “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.”- Steve Jobs


308. “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.” – Steve Jobs


309. Share your ideas


310. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs


311. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs


312. If you are willing to work hard and ask lots of questions, you can learn business pretty fast. - Steve Jobs


313. “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”


314. 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.


315. “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.” – Steve Jobs


316. “I’ve been rejected, but I am still in love.”


317. “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” —Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple


318. “I’ve always been attracted to the more revolutionary changes. I don’t know why. Because they’re harder. They’re much more stressful emotionally. And you usually go through a period where everybody tells you that you’ve completely failed.”


319. Sometimes life’s going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. (Steve Jobs Quotes)


320. You should never start a company with the goal of getting rich. Your goal should be making something you believe in and making a company that will last.


321. “The journey is the reward.”


322. “If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” —Steve Jobs


323. “If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” – Steve Jobs


324. Much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on.


325. “I’ve always thought it would be really wonderful to have a little box, a sort of slate that you could carry along with you.”


326. “Great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.”


327. “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.” – Steve Jobs


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


329. “The most powerful person in the world is the storyteller. The storyteller sets the vision, values, and agenda of an entire generation that is to come.” — Steve Jobs, Co-Founder, Apple


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


331. “Don’t let the noise of other’s’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”


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


333. I’ve always been attracted to the more revolutionary changes. I don’t know why. Because they’re harder. They’re much more stressful emotionally. And you usually go through a period where everybody tells you that you’ve completely failed.


334. “Master the topic, the message, and the delivery.” — Steve Jobs, Co-Founder, Apple


335. “Never settle for average.” ― Steve Jobs


336. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” –Steve Jobs


337. My self-identity does not revolve around being a businessman, though I recognize that is what I do. I think of myself more as a person who builds neat things. I like building neat things. I like making tools that are useful to people. I like working with very bright people. I like interacting in the world of ideas, though somehow those ideas have to be tied to some physical reality. One of the things I like the most is dropping a new idea on a bunch of incredibly smart and talented people and then letting them work it out themselves. I like all of that very, very much.


338. “That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity.


339. “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” —Steve Jobs


340. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” —Steve Jobs


341. “You get your wind back, remember the finish line, and keep going.”


342. “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.” – Steve Jobs


343. Stay hungry. Stay foolish – Steve Jobs. #innovation


344. “The doers are the major thinkers. The people that really create the things that change this industry are both the thinker and doer in one person.”


345. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. –Steve Jobs


346. When you first start off trying to solve a problem, the first solutions you come up with are very complex, and most people stop there. But if you keep going, and live with the problem and peel more layers of the onion off, you can oftentimes arrive at some very elegant and simple solutions. Most people just don’t put in the time or energy to get there. We believe that customers are smart, and want objects which are well thought through.


347. “You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.”


348. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” —Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc.


349. 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.


350. “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.” — Steve Jobs


351. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” - Steve Jobs


352. “Focusing is about saying No.”


353. 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.


354. “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” ― Steve Jobs


355. Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.


356. “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.” —Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple


357. “Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?”


358. Be creative


359. “You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.” –Steve Jobs


360. Faith is imperative


361. “I’ve learned over the years that when you have really good people, you don’t have to baby them. By expecting them to do great things, you can get them to do great things.” – Steve JobsSteve Jobs quote


362. Getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life. ( Motivational Steve Jobs Quotes )


363. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful business entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” –Steve Jobs, Co-Founder, and CEO, Apple


364. “Our time is limited. so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” ― Steve Jobs


365. “Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it… Once you learn that, you'll never be the same again.” —Steve Jobs


366. “We’re ( Woz and I ) sort of like two planets in their own orbits “


367. “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 difference in my life.” —Steve Jobs


368. “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.”


369. How does somebody know what they want if they haven’t even seen it?


370. “It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy.” -Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple


371. “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”


372. “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.” – Steve Jobs


373. Pretend to be completely in control and people will assume that you are. -Steve Jobs, from Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson


374. “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.”


375. “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ~ Steve Jobs


376. “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” – Steve Jobs


377. 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. (Steve Jobs Quotes)


378. “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.”


379. “You should never start a company with the goal of getting rich. Your goal should be making something you believe in and making a company that will last.”


380. Marketing is about Values


381. Innovation distinguishes from a leader and a follower. —Steve Jobs


382. “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”.


383. “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.” – Steve Jobs


384. Keep reading to discover even more great ones by Steve Jobs, Gandhi, Socrates, Picasso, etc.


385. “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.” - Steve Jobs


386. We’ve got to make the small things unforgettable.


387. “If you want to make everyone happy, don’t be a leader, sell ice cream.”