As we pause to remember Steve Jobs and the impact his innovations have had on our lives, I share with you some of his wisdom that can guide us on our paths for successful careers:
“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.”
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
“Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful — that’s what matters to me.”
“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”
“Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.”
And let me leave you with Jobs’ 2005 commencement address to the graduates at Stanford University. The career and life lessons it contains make it worth the 15 minutes.
RIP Mr. Jobs.
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