Steve Jobs, Apple’s late co-founder and former CEO, will forever be known as one of the most influential figures of our time. In his role as the head boss at Apple, Inc., Jobs was a leader, an innovator and saw the company he founded through multiple periods of trial, uncertainty, and, ultimately, abundant growth — thanks in no small part to his portfolio of game-changing innovations like the iPod, iPhone, iPad and more.
Beyond his official role and contributions to our modern tech landscape, Jobs was also known for his humanitarian efforts — as a philanthropist, an advocate, and a proponent for advancing world peace. As you might imagine, he was likewise a wellspring of knowledge, wisdom, and insight, and was not abashed to share his infallible lessons abundantly with anyone willing to lend an ear. Use the right arrow to browse 7 of Steve’s most inspirational and motivational lessons.
“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.”
“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.”
“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. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.”
“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.”
“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”
“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.”