“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other opinions drown 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.”
You are in sole control of your life. Do what makes you happy, and don’t worry about others opinions. At the end of the day as long as you are doing what you truly believe is successful everything else will fall into place.
“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.”
You should constantly be trying new things and approaching new ideas. Don’t ever remain stagnant, and always strive for even better than before.
“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.”
You have to constantly be thinking ahead of the game. In order to be the best plan ahead and research what is up and coming, then think above and beyond that.
“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”
Whenever there is success, there is always failure accompanied with it. Whether the failure was a week ago, a month ago, or years ago it is important to learn from your mistake and move on. The worst thing you can do is give up.
“My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. 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.”
You need to have trust worthy and balanced business partners. Make sure you have people with different personalities, to counteract each others weaknesses. You can accomplish even greater things with a team.
“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”
You always have to be looking/searching for more, and you have to be understanding of the fact that mistakes are going to happen. If you keep at it eventually all your failures will turn into success.
“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.”
Find what makes you truly happy, without worrying about how much money you will make or what other people think. When you find what your true passion is, you will know and you will succeed.
“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.”
You cannot rely on technology in order to succeed. You have to develop genuine relationships with people, not computers.
“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.”
You have to truly have faith in something to succeed. Even if you don’t know where to start, taking that first leap is a major start. It doesn’t matter how you get to where you’re going as long as you get there. If you’re too worried of the path to take you will distract yourself from the ultimate end goal.
“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.”
This is my personal favorite. There is nothing wrong with being the odd ball out, as long as you truly believe in yourself and know what your end goal is. As long as money and status isn’t the main goal, but rather to help the human race as a whole- you will leave a positive impact.
In Memory of Steve Jobs: February 24, 1955- October 5, 2011.