12 inspiring lessons and quotes by Steve Jobs


Steve Jobs will remain in history as a polarizing figure - the person who built the world's largest company was eccentric, brusque, sometimes arrogant, but he was also more than everything an inspiration.

A self-made man, Jobs will be recognized for his business demeanor, but also for his relentless attention to the smallest of detail, something that he has often said he inherited from his father. Naturally, he could not have done it all on his own, and the continued success of Apple under Tim Cook shows that Jobs built not only his own image of a CEO genius, but also a system, an excellent team.

Now, author and speaker Guy Kawasaki, someone who has worked extensively with Jobs, shares the 12 inspiring lessons he learned from the iCEO. These 12 pieces of advice will be of help to entrepreneurs, and business people, but really people of all walks in life. Take a look at them right below.


source: Guy Kawasaki (via Inc)

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55 Comments

1. iKamalkandel

Posts: 30; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

You can hate iPhone but you can't hate this person.

2. bendgate unregistered

Yes we can. He was innovative but an a**hole as a person.

4. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Then you definitely don't know him.

5. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Oh, and you do? Please tell us more about your times together when you used to go out and play golf with him

15. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I never said I knew him like that. No need to overreact. It's just that anyone who read books about him and always followed what he did in will probably never say that.

20. Exempt1 unregistered

But he was an a**hole. He betrayed a lot of people to benefit himself and Apple. He didn't care until he got older, but even then he had his few hiccups. I agree though; I don't like Apple stuff (Except Macs), but I love this guy. He knew what he wanted and he was a visionary, everything he brought out and designed was amazing! Apple are riding off the ripples of his big splash now, but it will go flat soon. As far as I am aware, the 6 series is the first line without Job's design input. And it's gross and poorly built. I knew 8 people with4's and 5's, now 7 of them have gone to LG and Samsung and HTC, while the 1 with the 6 is considering selling and going with a Note 4 because "It's just another iPhone". They need another Jobs to create excitement again.

32. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Anyone who knows the things he actually did (some of which I listed below in another reply), not just things authors wrote to capitalize on his fame, would definitely say it.

21. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Anta mafi malum. Anta muk mafi Maherk.

25. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Then you don't know his first family.

27. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I know that he swore, in a legal document, that he was "sterile and infertile, and as a result thereof, did not have the physical capacity to procreate a child", and told people that his girlfriend was a slut who slept around, in order to avoid supporting his daughter. I know that while working at Atari, he was given an assignment he couldn't handle, so he asked his friend Woz to do his work promising him half the bonus he would get from it. And that once it was Woz did all the work, Jobs lied and told him the bonus was only $700, not the actual $5000 he got in order to pay his "friend" only $350, pocketing $4650 himself. I know that he cut out several of the people who helped him found Apple and get out the first orders, giving them zero founders stock (Woz gave them some of his founders stock because it was wrong.) Kinda sounds like an a**hole to me.

23. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

He knew only one thing how to patent moron unjustifiable things. He even holds a patent of how much a staircase's height should be. Just a patent moron. He had only one philosophy "milk customers".

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sorta like you, but without the innovative part

39. Fazz1977

Posts: 153; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Takes one to know one, avatar-boy!

47. RajRicardo

Posts: 500; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

FACT: We are all a**holes at somepoint in our lives. No need to point your stinking finger at someone you didn't even meet. He built a successful company and I bet my life on it that someone as lame as you can never achieve it.

53. Flippyphone

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Interesting. You make your point that we shouldn't point our stinking fingers at someone we haven't met by pointing your stinking finger at someone you haven't even met and criticizing him. Go curl up withyour Steven Jobs pillow, take a nap and try again later when you aren't so grumpy.

10. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I respect him. He was great business man and a marketing genius.

28. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Definitely. Unfortunately, like so many great businessmen, he was also a terrible human being.

42. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

terrible human being that created tens of thousands of job opportunities for people and builded a consumer product company that is bigger than russia now what had you did in your life time?

49. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Which has what to do with him being a flawed, terrible human being? Hitler created lots of jobs, too. What I have done in my lifetime was raise and love both of my children from birth on. And I've never cheated a friend or loved one (or anyone) out of money. I'm far from perfect, but based on those two criteria, I'm a better human being that Steve Jobs ever was.

3. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

What people can learn from Steve is that it's ok to be a d***head to others if you're innovative and rich, and also ok to steal from others but will open hell on others if they came up close to your own idea, andddd kill the competition with any possible dirty tactic.

6. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

An inspiring lesson I learned from Steve Jobs: 1. Offer an overpriced mid-ranged smartphone at its best. 2. Don't admit that you copy and steal ideas as well.

24. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Post of the year!!

45. RajRicardo

Posts: 500; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

stop counting the number of cores you crackhead. Its the overall performance that matters. Why dont you look at the benchmark scores and look at where octacore android junk is compared to a dualcore A8. That's genius.

50. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

We've looked - in overall performance, the quad/octa core processors in Android flagships win.

54. Flippyphone

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

There you go again. Pointing your stinking finger at someone you haven't even met. That isn't very nice.

7. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

I respect this man but he's so overrated. It makes zero sense for me why people worship him. There are many great inventors and innovators around the globe.

8. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Let the troll fest begin. I'm not going to participate though. Too easy.

9. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I will say this though. Although I don't like him, don't like his company or their practices. But I can respect what what he and his company has accomplished, and what they've done for the world in regards to improving technology. I love Android, and don't care for iOS, but I know full well that my Androids wouldn't be as great as they are if Android didn't have something worthy to compete against.

11. Boybawang

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

@Planterz, Everything you said are true except the last two words. You better replace "compete against" with "COPY"

12. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

*snort* It's impossible to say how much smartphone OS's have borrowed from each other, but to suggest that Android copied everything from iOS is as absurd a statement that iOS hasn't copied plenty from Android (and others) as well.

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