The top 45 inspiring Steve Jobs quotes on innovation, leadership & success

I don’t need to provide introduction of Steve Jobs, right? We all know him well as a successful businessman and leader.  Steve jobs did not get success over night. It took him almost his entire life to build Apple as a top technology company that we all see now.

He is remembered for his commitment to deliver quality products and great vision to succeed through innovation.  His name Steve jobs has really become synonymous to innovation

To go deep into his life you should go watch Steve jobs movie or read Steve jobs biography and you will know that he was a person who went that extra mile to make Apple Corporation the most innovative company in the world

If you are looking for steve jobs inspirational quotes or steve jobs quotes on leadership , Here we have listed top 45 for you

  1. 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
  2. Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life
  3. Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works
  4. Don’t let the noise of other’s’ opinions drown out your own inner voice
  5.  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
  6. When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. We’re just enthusiastic about what we do
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance
  13. What is Apple, after all? Apple is about people who think ‘outside the box,’ people who want to use computers to help them change the world, to help them create things that make a difference, and not just to get a job done
  14. 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
  15. Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. Things don’t have to change the world to be important
  26. 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
  27. Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected
  28. 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
  29. A lot of companies have chosen to downsize, and maybe that was the right thing for them. We chose a different path. Our belief was that if we kept putting great products in front of customers, they would continue to open their wallets
  30. The cure for Apple is not cost-cutting. The cure for Apple is to innovate its way out of its current predicament
  31. To turn really interesting ideas and fledgling technologies into a company that can continue to innovate for years, it requires a lot of discipline
  32. Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future
  33. Stay hungry, stay foolish
  34. That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true
  38. Details matter, it’s worth waiting to get it right
  39. 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
  40. Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do
  41. If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time
  42. Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday
  43. 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
  44. Pretty much, Apple and Dell are the only ones in this industry making money. They make it by being Wal-Mart. We make it by innovation
  45. It’s better to be pirate than join navy

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