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Steve Job's quotes that I would like my kids to know

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Steve Job's quotes that I would like my kids to know

Steve has left a legacy of innovations that changed the world

These are a collection of some of Steve Jobs' quotes that I know will benefit my kids.As a father, I hope their future will be brighter than mine.

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...Steve Jobs

(Dad's advice: This is similar to the Blue Ocean Strategy. Don't follow the crowd. Follow your instinct. Choose a different path from the norm by always bringing forth great ideas from yourself. Thread new paths.)


A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have...Steve Jobs

(Dad's advice: Learn from the experiences of others. Learn more from their mistakes instead of their successes. You don't need to reinvent the wheel to enjoy a better career path.)


And it comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don't get on the wrong track or try to do too much. We're always thinking about new markets we could enter, but it's only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that are really important...Steve Jobs

(Dad's advice: Sometimes it is so difficult to say NO to so many activities that seem to demand your attention. A focused and achieved person will know how to sieve off the NOs and concentrate on the YESs. Don't try to do too much. Try to do the important.)


Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected...Steve Jobs

(Dad's advice: Develop your own and stay in that environment of personal excellence. Nobody can set a yardstick for you. Only you know what you are capable of. Go for quality, not mediocre.)


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...Steve Jobs

 (Dad's advice: Empty we came into this world, empty we shall leave it. We cannot take even a dime with us. But that does not mean we live wantonly and void of any morality. Leave everyday a little bit better than what you came in with this morning.)


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...Steve Jobs

 (Dad's advice: A little money can ruin you a little. A lot of money can ruin you a lot. Yet you cannot do without money in this world. Determine from the start that you shall use your intelligence to govern whatever wealth you have instead of your wealth governing you.)


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...Steve Jobs

 (Dad's advice: Be passionate about what you have set yourself to embark on in your journey in life. Your life goal does not stop at 5:00pm every day. Solutions and answers come at times when you least expect them.)


Each year has been so robust with problems and successes and learning experiences and human experiences that a year is a lifetime at Apple. So this has been ten lifetimes...Steve Jobs

 (Dad's advice: Life is never a bed of roses or a wide path without stones. It is when we expect problems and successes, failures and achievements, that make our waking hours worthwhile.)


Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future...Steve Jobs

 (Dad's advice: Everything you do today influence the tomorrows. Take stock of it. It may not be as big as an Apple innovation, but your future is just as important to you too.)


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

 (Dad's advice: Ask yourself: What can I do today that will leave or contribute to a legacy that my future generations can be proud of? Will my community remember my life as one that has added betterment for society or has it "stolen" from others?)


I didn't see it then, but it turned out that 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, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life...Steve Jobs

(Dad's advice: Comfort can be one of the greatest robbers of your creativity. Lay aside your standard procedures and start with a blank sheet to prime those creative juices.)


I have a great respect for incremental improvement, and I've done that sort of thing in my life, but 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...Steve Jobs

(Dad's advice: Some will pat you on your back while others will call you a failure. Some may accept your changes while others may call you a lunatic. Nonetheless, it doesn't matter because you have to live your own life.)


I met Woz when I was 13, at a friend's garage. He was about 18. He was, like, the first person I met who knew more electronics than I did at that point. We became good friends, because we shared an interest in computer and we had a sense of humor. We pulled all kinds of pranks together...Steve Jobs

(Dad's advice: Life can be fun. Real friends are hard to find. When you find good friends, don't take the relationships for granted. Build and treasure them well.)


I think we're having fun. I think our customers really like our products. And we're always trying to do better...Steve Jobs

(Dad's advice: If you are having fun and enjoying what you are doing, take a break and evaluate. It can be torturous doing the same hated thing over and over again everyday.)


I'm an optimist in the sense that I believe humans are noble and honorable, and some of them are really smart. I have a very optimistic view of individuals...Steve Jobs

(Dad's advice: Have a positive attitude. Be optimistic about people, the economy, the environment and the world. Didn't God said "He loves the world" and "He loves people"? There are no perfect people on this planet only imperfect human beings.)


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

(Dad's advice: Be adventurous. Be a mountain climber. Be a star shooter. Keep on looking, asking, knocking and believing in your endeavors.)

Steve Jobs quotes may not be "bible" but it is good to learn from a great man that has contributed so much to our present world.



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