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10 Inspirational Lessons From Steve Jobs

I’m a huge fan of Apple products (I love my iPhone), but I’m an even bigger fan of Steve Jobs. He was arguably one of the most prolific business and thought leaders of his generation, and we will be learning from him for generations to come.

I’ve compiled a few excerpts from videos, news articles and speeches to put together this list of 10 powerful life lessons from Steve Jobs that can provide clarity and add some of his wisdom into your business… and into your life.

LESSON 1. Trust Yourself

“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.”

LESSON 2. Love What You Do

“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. The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

LESSON 3. Go For A Home Run

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. One home run is much better than two doubles.”

LESSON 4. Pick Carefully – The Power Of “NO”

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.”

LESSON 5. Work Hard To Make It Simple

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.”

LESSON 6. Steal Great Ideas

“We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.”

“If you take something and make it your own… it’s your design and that is the dividing line between copying and stealing.”

LESSON 7. Your Goal Isn’t To Make Money

“Apple’s goal isn’t to make money. Our goal is to design and develop and bring to market good products. We trust as a consequence of that, people will like them, and as another consequence, we’ll make some money.”

“You know, we don’t grow most of the food we eat. We wear clothes other people make. We speak a language that other people developed. We use a mathematics that other people evolved… I mean, we’re constantly taking things. It’s a wonderful, ecstatic feeling to create something that puts it back in the pool of human experience and knowledge.”

“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.”

LESSON 8. Don’t Lose Faith

“I’m the only person I know that’s lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year… It’s very character-building.”

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

LESSON 9. Surround Yourself With Good People

“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. Ask any member of that Mac team. They will tell you it was worth the pain.”

LESSON 10. Follow Your Heart

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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If you’re tired of living your life according to someone else’s dream, this is a great time to reflect inward and apply these lessons in your own life.

What’s your favorite lesson from above, or favorite Steve Jobs quote? …share in the comments below, and be sure to share this post on Facebook. πŸ™‚

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14 comments… add one
  • Great post. Steve truly was in my view one of the great business leaders of all time, with hime it wasn’t all about the money, it was about the innovation and the betterment of his fellow man. Thanks for sharing these 10 inspirational lessons, we can all learn a lot from this great man, he is sadly missed.

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    • Thanks Keith.. he will be missed for sure, but his legacy will live on πŸ™‚

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  • such a great post . My favourite is #6 . Change it up and make it your own design . Steve Jobs was incredible . Thanks a lot Jon .

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    • Rosanna.. thanks so much! #6 is a great one for sure.. and a pillar of success in the internet marketing industry. πŸ™‚

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  • Great post!!

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    • Thanks Michael.. appreciate you brother! πŸ™‚

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  • Great post Jon, Appreciate you putting this together. I was encouraged by this quote:
    β€œIf you take something and make it your own… it’s your design and that is the dividing line between copying and stealing.” I used to think I had to come up with 100% original thought. Now i realize that there may be no such thing : )

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    • That is one awesome quote for sure Nancy… and one of my favorites. I believe there really are no original ideas, only original interpretations of existing ideas. Thanks so much for your comment πŸ™‚

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  • Great post Jon!
    I love them all…but if I had to choose 1, I’d say #7. “You’re goal isn’t to make money” Why we focus on what we love and on helping others, the money will inevitably come! Our positive actions attract success to us! Love it!

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    • For sure Jeffrey… focusing on what you love allows your true passion to shine through.. and in turn, provide more value to others. πŸ™‚

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  • Fantastic Post Jon!
    I have to agree with Jeffrey Brown, I love them all, but #7 is probably at the top. It’s not about the money, but when times are tough and you are trying to get a business going, it is hard advice to follow. Keeping it simple, knowing when to say No, and stealing great ideas are close seconds.
    Thanks for all of the great information you share.

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    • Thank you Roy! You are right, that is often difficult for someone just getting started and focused on turning a profit right away.. however, shifting that focus to proving value is often the fastest way to gain results. Thanks for your comment. πŸ™‚

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  • I love Steve Jobs. Every time I’m not sure what direction to take, I always remind myself about the dots.
    Great post Jon.

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    • Yes, I love the chasing the dots Nataliia πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for your comment.

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