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Monday Morning Motivation: The Genius of Steve Jobs

Yesterday was the 3 year anniversary of the death of Steve Jobs. He started Apple, was fired from Apple and eventually came back to resurrect the brand and the image. He is the reason for many of the Apple products that are celebrated today and the innovations that have existed within various industies. For entrepreneurs he is a very motivating figure and the video above shows his desire to simplify and design phenomenal products but more than anything else, he started with the brand. Similar to Nike’s marketing, the idea is that each brand or company should show consumers what they represent and stand for.

Enjoy!

Motivational Quotes from Steve Jobs

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Details matter, it’s worth waiting to get it right.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. “QUALITY is more important than QUANTITY. One HOME RUN is much better than two DOUBLES.”

  11. 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.

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

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

  14. But 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.

  15. 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, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

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

  17. “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.”

  18. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

  19. “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.”

  20. “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.”

  21. “My model for business is The Beatles. 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.”

  22. “I don’t really care about being right, I just care about success. I don’t mind being wrong, and I’ll admit 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.”

  23. “You can’t con people in this business. The products speak for themselves.” 

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#RIP Steve Jobs. He passed away 3 years ago but his legacy lives on. Remember to Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. #stevejobs #Entrepreneur

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