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Steve Jobs: 12 Inspiring Quotes for Entrepreneurs

Explore Steve Jobs' most thought-provoking and motivating quotes on innovation, leadership, thinking differently and excellence to gain insight and push your business goals forward.

By JatinPublished about a month ago 3 min read
Steve Jobs: 12 Inspiring Quotes for Entrepreneurs
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Being an entrepreneur takes immense courage, passion and determination to think differently, push boundaries, and change the world through innovation. One must consistently enter the entrepreneur loop - venturing into uncharted territory, taking risks and persevering through failures and setbacks on the path to success. No single person embodied relentless progress through this loop more than Steve Jobs. As the co-founder of Apple, Jobs revolutionized entire industries from personal computers to music and smartphones. Despite facing numerous challenges throughout his career, he remained fiercely ambitious and unrelenting in his vision to create products that were "insanely great". For any aspiring entrepreneur seeking motivation to stay dedicated to growth, reflecting on Jobs' iconic words of wisdom can provide valuable insight into the mindset required for navigating the challenges of entrepreneurship.

Think Different

"Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. ...The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

"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. They somehow already know what you truly want to become."

Think Passionately

"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."

Dissolve Boundaries

"We hire people who want to make the best things in the world."

Innovation Is Risky

"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."

Have the Courage to Follow Your Heart

"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."

Quality Over Quantity

"When you're a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you're not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it."

Let Your Heart Guide You

"I want to put a ding in the universe."

Think Differently

"The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."

Visualize Success

"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the future will work the dots in your favor."

Go for Audacious Goals

"We're here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?"

Being an entrepreneur means facing constant challenges and uncertainties but also tremendous opportunities to innovate and make your unique vision a reality. By reflecting on the relentless drive and commitment to excellence embodied by icons like Steve Jobs, you gain the determination needed to stay focused on your goals throughout the ups and downs inherent in any entrepreneurial journey. Jobs' inspiring words will continue to motivate new generations of entrepreneurs to take risks, think differently and change the world.


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