54 Steve Job Quotes on Work, Success and Creating Something of Value

Steve Jobs Quotes

Steve Job Quotes on Success

Get closer than ever to your customers. So close that you tell them what they need well before they realize it themselves.

“Get closer than ever to your customers. So close that you tell them what they need well before they realize it themselves.” – Steve Jobs

I think all of us need to be on guard against arrogance which knocks at the door whenever you’re successful.

“I think all of us need to be on guard against arrogance which knocks at the door whenever you’re successful.” – Steve Jobs




I don’t care about being right. I care about success and doing the right thing.

“I don’t care about being right. I care about success and doing the right thing.” – Steve Jobs

Steve Job Quotes on Work, Product Creation and Apple

The really great person will keep on going and find the key, underlying principle of the problem, and come up with a beautiful elegant solution that works.

“The really great person will keep on going and find the key, underlying principle of the problem, and come up with a beautiful elegant solution that works.” – Steve Jobs

For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.

“For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.” – Steve Jobs




Don’t get hung up on who owns the idea. Pick the best one, and let’s go.

“Don’t get hung up on who owns the idea. Pick the best one, and let’s go.” – Steve Jobs

We are very careful about what features we add because we can’t take them away.

“We are very careful about what features we add because we can’t take them away.” – Steve Jobs

The products suck! There’s no sex in them anymore!

“The products suck! There’s no sex in them anymore!” – Steve Jobs




You can build your own things that other people can use. And once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.

“You can build your own things that other people can use. And once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.” – Steve Jobs

On the blue box: That was what we learned: was that us, too, we didn’t know much. We could build a little thing that could control a giant thing and that was an incredible lesson.

“On the blue box: That was what we learned: was that us, too, we didn’t know much. We could build a little thing that could control a giant thing and that was an incredible lesson.” – Steve Jobs

There is a tremendous amount of craftsmanship between a great idea and a great product.

“There is a tremendous amount of craftsmanship between a great idea and a great product.” – Steve Jobs

The Lisa people wanted to do something great. And the Mac people want to do something insanely great. The difference shows.

“The Lisa people wanted to do something great. And the Mac people want to do something insanely great. The difference shows.” – Steve Jobs

We do no market research. We don’t hire consultants. We just want to make great products.

“We do no market research. We don’t hire consultants. We just want to make great products.” – Steve Jobs

Steve Job Quotes on Time

The most precious thing that we all have with us is time.

“The most precious thing that we all have with us is time.” – Steve Jobs

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.

“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.” – Steve Jobs

We he had everything to gain. And we figured even if we crash and burn, and lose everything, the experience will have been worth ten times the cost.

“We he had everything to gain. And we figured even if we crash and burn, and lose everything, the experience will have been worth ten times the cost.” – Steve Jobs

The only thing you have in your life is time. If you invest that time in yourself to have great experiences that are going to enrich you, then you can’t possibly lose.

“The only thing you have in your life is time. If you invest that time in yourself to have great experiences that are going to enrich you, then you can’t possibly lose.” – Steve Jobs

Steve Job Quotes on What Matters

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.

“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.” – Steve Jobs

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

“Details matter, it’s worth waiting to get it right.” – Steve Jobs

Steve Job Quotes on Living in the Present

Let’s go invent tomorrow rather than worrying about what happened yesterday.

“Let’s go invent tomorrow rather than worrying about what happened yesterday.” – Steve Jobs

If today were the last of your life, would you do what you were going to do today?

“If today were the last of your life, would you do what you were going to do today?” – Steve Jobs

Steve Job Quotes on Change

And you can change it, you can influence it.

“And you can change it, you can influence it.” – Steve Jobs

The minute that you understand that you can poke life and actually something will pop out the other side, that you can change it, you can mold it.

“The minute that you understand that you can poke life and actually something will pop out the other side, that you can change it, you can mold it.” – Steve Jobs

Steve Job Quotes on Life

You have to trust in something, your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.

“You have to trust in something, your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.” – Steve Jobs

Once you discover one simple fact, and that is everything around you that you call life, was made up by people that were no smarter than you.

“Once you discover one simple fact, and that is everything around you that you call life, was made up by people that were no smarter than you.” – Steve Jobs

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

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” – Steve Jobs

Now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you, ‘Stay hungry, stay foolish’.

“Now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you, ‘Stay hungry, stay foolish’.” – Steve Jobs

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.

“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.” – Steve Jobs

I think the things you most regret in life are things you didn’t do. What you really regret was never asking that girl to dance.

“I think the things you most regret in life are things you didn’t do. What you really regret was never asking that girl to dance.” – Steve Jobs

Steve Job Quotes on Death

I think death is the most wonderful invention of life. It purges the system of these old models that are obsolete.

“I think death is the most wonderful invention of life. It purges the system of these old models that are obsolete.” – Steve Jobs

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there.

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there.” – Steve Jobs

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.

“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.” – Steve Jobs

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.

“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.” – Steve Jobs

Without death, there would be very little progress.

“Without death, there would be very little progress.” – Steve Jobs

Steve Job Quotes on Love

Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart.

“Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs

If you don’t love it, you’re going to fail.

“If you don’t love it, you’re going to fail.” – Steve Jobs

And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

“And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

There is no reason not to follow your heart.

“There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs

I’ve been rejected, but I was still in love.

“I’ve been rejected, but I was still in love.” – Steve Jobs

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.

“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.” – Steve Jobs

Steve Job Quotes on Everything Else

In the broadest context, the goal is to seek enlightenment – however you define it.

“In the broadest context, the goal is to seek enlightenment – however you define it.” – Steve Jobs

One way to remember who you are is to remember who your heroes are.

“One way to remember who you are is to remember who your heroes are.” – Steve Jobs

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

“That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity.” – Steve Jobs

I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out okay.

“I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out okay.” – Steve Jobs

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

“If you want it, you can fly, you just have to trust you a lot.” – Steve Jobs

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

“It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the Navy.” – Steve Jobs

You have to believe that the dots will somehow connect in your future.

“You have to believe that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” – Steve Jobs

People judge you on your performance, so focus on the outcome. Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.

“People judge you on your performance, so focus on the outcome. Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” – Steve Jobs

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

“Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice.” – Steve Jobs

Ultimately, it comes down to taste. It comes down to trying to expose yourself to the best things that humans have done and then try to bring those things into what you’re doing.

“Ultimately, it comes down to taste. It comes down to trying to expose yourself to the best things that humans have done and then try to bring those things into what you’re doing.” – Steve Jobs

People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint.

“People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint.” – Steve Jobs

I’m actually as proud of many of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done.

“I’m actually as proud of many of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done.” – Steve Jobs

I always advise people – Don’t wait! Do something when you are young, when you have nothing to lose, and keep that in mind.

“I always advise people – Don’t wait! Do something when you are young, when you have nothing to lose, and keep that in mind.” – Steve Jobs

I do not adopt softness towards others because I want to make them better.

“I do not adopt softness towards others because I want to make them better.” – Steve Jobs

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