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#WednesdayWisdom From Steve Jobs: 14 Quotes That Will Change Your Perspective

Steve Jobs was a legend in his time. He's famous not just for his considerable contributions to modern computing, but also for the way in which he went about developing and marketing them. If you want to look at your workplace (or even your job or career) with fresh eyes, take a few minutes to ponder some of these quotes from Jobs himself. You'll see things a little differently once you have.

Steve Jobs was a legend in his time. He’s famous not just for his considerable contributions to modern computing, but also for the way in which he went about developing and marketing them. If you want to look at your workplace (or even your job or career) with fresh eyes, take a few minutes to ponder some of these quotes from Jobs himself. You’ll see things a little differently once you have.

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

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2. “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.”

3. “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.”

4. “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.”

5. “Things don’t have to change the world to be important.”

6. “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.”

7. “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.”

8. “Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.”

9. “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

10. “If you’re going to make connections which are innovative … you have to not have the same bag of experiences as everyone else does.”

11. “Every good product I’ve ever seen is because a group of people cared deeply about making something wonderful that they and their friends wanted. They wanted to use it themselves.”

12. “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”

13. “My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”

14.”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.”

The quotes used for this piece were selected from Steve Jobs’ pages on quotationspage.com and brainyquotes.com.

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