11 Insights from Steve Jobs

11 Insights from Steve Jobs

By Rajesh Setty on Thu 22 Jan 2009, 7:21 AM – 12 Comments

This is a collection of insights from legendary Steve Jobs (collected from all over the web – his writings, interviews etc.)

#1.  I was worth about over a million dollars when I was 23 and over 10 million dollars when I was 24, and over a hundred million dollars when I was 25 and it wasn’t that important because I never did it for the money.

#2.  I would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates.

#3.  My job is to not be easy on people. My job is to make them better. My job is to pull things together from different parts of the company and clear the ways and get the resources for the key projects. And to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better, coming up with more aggressive visions of how it could be.

#4.  I mean, some people say, ‘Oh, God, if (Jobs) got run over by a bus, Apple would be in trouble.’ And, you know, I think it wouldn’t be a party, but there are really capable people at Apple. My job is to make the whole executive team good enough to be successors, so that’s what I try to do.

#5.  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.

#6. We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.

#7. 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.

#8. In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains of the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.

#9. …Almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. 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.

#10. 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.

#11. I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that 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, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

Have a great morning there.


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venkks  on January 22nd, 2009

Thanks Raj for aggregating and sharing this.

john pisciotta  on January 22nd, 2009

valuable info my friend.

pierrot  on January 22nd, 2009

Unique man :)

Simply words,but..just like his commencement speech in 2005 at Stanford U…

Thank you Raj!

George  on January 22nd, 2009

Thank you Rajesh for this compilation and for sharing… made my day!!


Roy  on January 23rd, 2009

Rajesh, excellent work compiling this information. Many of these resonate with me and are great reminders. I’ll be passing this on to others!

Debbie  on January 23rd, 2009

Wow; great list. The one that stood out for me was #9. Yes, we’re all going to die one day. Why not live as if it were your last and do what’s really important? I’m glad I visited you here today. Make it a great one! :)

Chinmayz  on January 23rd, 2009

Awe-Inspiring pointers Rajesh…thanks so much for putting ‘em all here…now I understand even better why every Apple Product tends to spark imagination, inspir, excite and enable us do amazing (creative) things on a continual basis !

Cheers !

Rajesh Aithal  on January 23rd, 2009

a great list, thanks.

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K.R.SHANKAR  on March 30th, 2009

Thank you rajesh excellent insights wakes you up


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