5 Best Quotes On Life From Steve Jobs

steve jobs quotes 5 Best Quotes On Life From Steve JobsWhen important people talk, it’s best to listen. And in the late 20th and early 21st Centuries, people don’t get much more important than Steve Jobs. In his all-too-short life, Jobs accomplished so much and made the biggest impact on the way we live since Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. Therefore, we decided to pick our five favorite quotes from the man himself. He may be gone from this earth, but his words and his work will live on for as long as civilization stands.

1. “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 others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”

This quote highlights the inner confidence Jobs had to go against the norms of his world and challenge established thinking. He moved mountains with that self-worth, and he believed anyone willing could do the same.

2. “Again, 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.”

Jobs wasn’t a religious man per se, but he said something here that anyone can identify with — atheist, Christian, Muslim, you name it — and that’s the idea that you have to have a set of guiding principles. You have to have faith. In who or what? That’s for you to decide.

3. “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. Because 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.”

The sobriety and bravery with which he faced his cancer and shortened life reminded us to live every day as if it were our last on earth. Jobs didn’t care what many people (if any) thought of him. He was not intimidated by what life had in store for him because he knew that none of it would matter once he was gone.

4. “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.”

Yes. A 70-hour week doing something you love will never feel like it, just like a 40-hour week punching a time clock at a job you hate will seem like an eternity.

5. “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”

As the old song says, “I want to go to heaven, but I don’t want to go tonight.” Rich, poor, young, old, man, woman — we all must at some point.

Which thoughts from Steve Jobs have resonated the most for you?

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Aric Mitchell is a full time freelance writer and a contributor to Quoto.com, where thousands of famous quotes exist. You can find out more about him on Google+.

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