A sad day in history, it has been announced that Steve Jobs, the co-founder and former CEO of Apple, has passed away. The memory of Steve Jobs’ intelligence and innovation will live on forever. My heart goes out to his family and friends who mourn their loss. What an amazing man who changed the world through technology.
In honor of Steve Jobs, here is a list of my favorite inspirational quotes from Steve Jobs that every entrepreneur can learn from.
“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. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~Steve Job’s Stanford University Commencement Address, June 2005
“I want to put a ding in the universe.” ~Steve Jobs
“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.” ~BusinessWeek interview, May 1998
“We’ve gone through the operating system and looked at everything and asked how can we simplify this and make it more powerful at the same time.” ~ABC News , Steve Jobs on the Mac OS X Beta
“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.” ~Think Different, Apple
“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.”
“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.” ~Steve Jobs
Keep on innovating, thinking outside of the box, and moving business and the world forward. RIP Steve Jobs, thanks for your amazing contributions to our universe.
Michelle is the owner of Trailhead Accounting Solutions CPA, LLC, an Erie, CO based CPA firm focused on providing small and mid-sized businesses with day-to-day accounting, bookkeeping, and business solutions. Michelle is a CFO turned consultant who loves working with small businesses and entrepreneurs. When she’s not crunching numbers, she can be found hiking, remote camping, gardening, quilting, and hanging out with her family.