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. Don't let the noise of other's opinions
drown out your own inner voice.
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.
("Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations"), or his attention to detail ("Design is not what it looks and feels like. Design is how it works").
But he had plenty to say on deeper matters as well. Here's a roundup of some of his more thought-provoking words, collected from various interviews and speeches.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"I'm as proud of many of the things we haven't done as the things we have done. Innovation is saying no to a thousand things."
"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."
"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. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life."
"Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles."
"When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: 'If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right.' It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, 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."
"I'm convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance."
"I want to put a ding in the universe."
ARIZONA POLICE ASSOCIATION IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PHOENIX LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCED TODAY THEIR ENDORSEMENT OF JAY LAWRENCE, REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR LD23 HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Phoenix -- Today the Arizona Police Association Executive Director, Levi Bolton, joined by Joe Clure, President of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, announced their endorsement of LD23 Republican Candidate for the Arizona House, Jay Lawrence. The Arizona Police Association represents nearly 14,000 rank and file law enforcement and corrections officers throughout the state of Arizona. The Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, a member organization of the APA, represents more than 2300 rank and file law enforcement officers in Phoenix.
Director Bolton said that “Jay Lawrence is the right candidate at the right time for Arizona. His conservative style, dedication to safe neighborhoods, appropriately staffed police departments, and most importantly paying attention to voices of all that he represents makes him the right choice.”
“I have spent more than 25 years publicly speaking out for causes like limited government, restoring our Constitutional rights, and letting the free market cure what ails us,” Lawrence stated. “Having the endorsement of the largest law enforcement associations in the state and in Phoenix give me pride and humility. With your support I am ready to go to work, representing your hopes and dreams, and building the best possible Arizona for all of our families.”
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