Steve Jobs: 8 Quotes From His Life

It was sad to hear Steve Jobs the co-founder and recent retired CEO of Apple had passed away. He truly led an incredible life. I wanted to post some of his most memorable quotes. Here are some great quotes on life and leadership,

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

“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. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

“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.”

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”

“It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”

“[Y]ou 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.”

“I want to put a ding in the universe.”

Question: Do you have a favorite Steve Jobs quote?

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  • “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?” – Steve Jobs courting John Sculley away from Pepsi. I like how it shows Jobs’s view of his work as very expansive and world-changing.

    • Anonymous

      This is a good one, Loren. Thank you for sharing and stopping by.

  • @marcmillan

    I’m super sad about Steves passing, the guy was incredible.
    If you haven’t read it, pick “Inside Steves brain” still a great read after the years have passed.
    Here is just one of my own favorites….
    “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.” [The Wall Street Journal, May 25, 1993]

    • Anonymous

      I have not heard of the book but plan on putting it on my book list. I just read “The Presentation Secrets Of Steve Jobs” which was a great book. Also a great quote!

  • Jamie O’Donoghue

    Without trying to sound cliche, Steve’s whole life was and will continue to be an inspiration. I took some time today to observe how much of an influence Steve had in the lives of those around me. Through the devices, the design and the innovation, he reached all of them. That is a legacy to be admired.

    • Anonymous

      So true Jamie, He will be missed but his legacy will live on.

  • Anonymous

    Steve Jobs was a RockStar. There’s a lot to be learned from him. Thanks for sharing the quotes. I haven’t seen these before.

    • Anonymous

      Yes he was! Glad you enjoyed them. Thank you for stopping by and reading. Do you have a blog?

      • Anonymous

        Yes… I have one for Chiropractors I’ve been working on for over a year now, and I’ve just started another website with a blog that’s helping people find financial freedom on the internet. As well, as I have a practice and a practice website I work on weekly to.

        I’ve promised myself no new projects for the next 12 months. LOL

        • Anonymous

          That’s great! What is the web address for your financial freedom blog ( Your comment name does not allow me to go to it.)? I would love to read it.

          I don’t know if you have ever heard of it or not but my wife and I are going through The Financial Peace University course by Dave Ramsey, it’s a great class.

          • Jason Ulsrud

            Yeah… I have no idea why my profile pic isn’t showing up with disqus. We only have a few posts up at the moment and it hasn’t officially launched as I’m tweaking a few design things.


            A buddy of mine, who’s making upwards of $200k per year solely off the internet, and I are working on this project together. Gonna be doing RockStar Interviews where I talk to peeps making money and creating businesses online.

            Dave Ramsey? Yeah! Definitely heard of him. Actually have one of his books right here at my desk, “Total Money Makeover”.

            • Anonymous

              Ok, know I know who you are (With your name and picture up). I really enjoy how you are rocking your industry, I read your wall posts on Facebook. Keep changing and leading the industry. Looking forward to reading the blog.

              Dave Ramsey also just came out with a book on leadership and entrepreneurship which you can find it on the Recommendations toward the top right of my blog. I have not read it yet but it looks really good.

          • Jason Ulsrud

            There…. Got it working. :-)