Skip to comments.The 25 Smartest Things Steve Jobs Ever Said
Posted on 10/08/2011 4:16:00 PM PDT by Hojczyk
4. "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."
3. "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. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they've had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people."
2. "Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. 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. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle."
1. "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish."
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Yeah, I’m impressed. Steve Jobs clearly gets it.
I pray that he became a Christian at last. I was praying for him up to the end.
Another quote of his that I have seen is that dropping acid was one of the two or three most significant events in his life. So, yes, I think he meant it. I think he said some great things, but dropping acid is not what I think people should be doing to become great. What percent would become schizo?
That was a good read. Thanks for posting it.
Yeah, I thought the dropping acid bit was the one clunker in an otherwise very impressive bunch of quotes.
Compared to Pelosi’s “we have to pass the bill before you get to see what’s in it” and Obama’s “We won/you Republicans can come along in the back of the bus” comments, Jobs is a mental giant.
Similar to “Fortune favors the bold.”
Not as many as those who committed suicide after taking legal prescription anti-depressants!
Ten years ago we were listening to Johnny Cash, watching Bob Hope, and buy products from Steve Jobs. Now we have no Cash, no Jobs, and no Hope.
Jobs said, “Most people don’t have an interest in earning a million dollars. What most people want to do is to SPEND a million dollars”.
Thanks for that...
I was struck with that too. This is quite a selection of astute observations. I'm not sure what the Motley Fool article had in mind with its numbering, but several were stand-outs. It's too bad his early spiritual search didn't end with the companionship of the Indwelling Christ to inform his decisions. Still, very insightful.
3. “Chance favors the prepared mind.” - Louis Pasteur, 1854.
I wonder how many times he did acid. I wonder if he stopped. If so, I wonder why he stopped.
9. When you first start off trying to solve a problem, the first solutions you come up with are very complex, and most people stop there. But if you keep going, and live with the problem and peel more layers of the onion off, you can often times arrive at some very elegant and simple solutions. Most people just dont put in the time or energy to get there.
Reminds me a bit of a Curtis (of aircraft fame) quote; “Any
part you eliminate can't break.”
The United States of America could learn a lesson from this. We won't get out of debt as long as we focus on getting out of debt. Just as we did with every other technological breakthrough, we can grow our way out of this mess via one or more innovations that simply blow away the rest of the world's economies.
With all due respect to Steve Jobs, there is more wisdom in one chapter of Proverbs, than in his entire philosophy of life. To me, in everything I have read about him so far.....he was utterly devoid of any “spiritualness” (for lack of a better word) that is described in scripture.
He was for all intents and purposes, a humanist. And the wisdom of man, is foolishness to God. I don’t judge him, I just call it as I see it.
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