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Steve Jobs parting wisdom

Steve Jobs parting wisdom

With Steve Jobs recently stepping down from Apple. In his honour, here are some pearls of wisdom from a very successful man.

On Innovation

“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. its ad hoc meetings of six people called by someone who thinks he has figured out the coolest new thing ever and who wants to know what other people think of his idea.”

-From “The Seed of Apple’s Innovation,” Business Week, October 12, 2004

On Success

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance. It is so hard. You put so much of your life into this thing. There are such rough moments in time that I think most people give up. I don’t blame them. . . . Unless you have a lot of passion about this, you’re not going to survive. You’re going to give it up. So you’ve got to have an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right that you’re passionate about otherwise you’re not going to have the perseverance to stick it through.”

-From “An Oral History Interview with Steve Jobs,” Smithsonian Institution Oral and Video Histories, April 20, 1995

“My model for business is The Beatles: They were four guys that kept each other’s negative tendencies in check; they balanced each other. And the total was greater than the sum of the parts. Great things in business are not done by one person, they are done by a team of people.”

-From 60 Minutes

On Life

“Again, 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.”

-From his 2005 address to Stanford University

“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.”

-From the Wall Street Journal, 1993

“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.”

-From his 2005 address to Stanford University