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60 Famous Steve jobs quotes on leadership

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.

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.

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

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.

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.

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

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 think, well, focusing is saying yes. No, focusing is about saying no. Focusing is about saying no. And you’ve got to say no, no, no. When you say no, you piss off people.

You are going to die, is the best way to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.

It’s better to be a pirate than join the Navy.

Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.

If anybody’s going to make our products obsolete, I want it to be us.

I’ve always thought it would be really wonderful to have a little box, a sort of slate that you could carry along with you.

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.

Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.

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.

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.

Our thoughts: Attention to detail is essential. Steve had a long history of obsessing over even the smallest details and felt it was critical to doing great work.

My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better.

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.

If you want it, you can fly, you just have to trust you a lot.

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

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

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

Our thought: Leadership isn’t about being liked, it’s about pushing your team to achieve their absolute best. Even at the expense of being labelled a tyrant.

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

Quality is much better than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.

It’s not about pop culture, and it’s not about fooling people, and it’s not about convincing people that they want something they don’t. We figure out what we want.

And I think we’re pretty good at having the right discipline to think through whether a lot of other people are going to want it, too. That’s what we get paid to do.

We just want to make great products.

Our goal is to make the best devices in the world, not to be the biggest.

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.

I wish developing great products was as easy as writing a check.

Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.

Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent.

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.

Getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again.

I want to put a ding in the universe.

That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity.

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.

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.

You’ve baked a really lovely cake, but then you’ve used dog shit for frosting.

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.

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

The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.

The only way to do great work is to love what you do…

Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.

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.

You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down…

The cure for Apple is not cost-cutting. The cure for Apple is to innovate its way out of its current predicament.

When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back.

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.

Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.

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

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me.

To turn really interesting ideas and fledgling technologies into a company that can continue to innovate for years, it requires a lot of discipline.

Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.

Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.

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

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

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