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30 Inspirational Quotes from Steve Jobs that Could Change your Life

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life - Steve Jobs

There’s a psychological practice which has its origins in neuro linguistic programming and is the ultimate short cut to becoming the person you want to be.

It’s called ‘modelling’ and anyone at the top of their game understands and uses the principle.

If you want to accelerate your own success and put your foot on the gas to your ultimate goals, find someone who’s already got there and then study them closely.

Steve Jobs was that kind of person. Visionary and entrepreneur, Steve Jobs sadly died in 2011 but left a legacy which continues to inspire the world. That legacy is Apple Computer.

Here are thirty five of his most inspirational quotes. They give an insight into the man, his mind and his unique philosophy on how to approach life.


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.


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.


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.


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


Stay hungry, stay foolish.


That’s been one of my mantrasfocus 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.


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.


Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.


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.


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


You 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.


No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.


Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.


Details matter, it’s worth waiting to get it right.


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.


If you don’t love something, you’re not going to go the extra mile, work the extra weekend, challenge the status quo as much.


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.


Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.


I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.


Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.


We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?


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.


If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.


Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday.


Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.


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.

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Frances Masters

Frances Masters is a BACP accredited psychotherapist with over 30,000 client hours of experience. Follow her @fusioncoachuk, or visit The Integrated Coaching Academy for details about up coming training.