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Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish: 8 Quotes From Steve Jobs

Oct 4 2013 - 10:12am

Tomorrow marks the second anniversary of Steve Jobs's death. In an email to employees [1], Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote, "Steve was an amazing human being and left the world a better place. . . . He left behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple."

As its founder and the visionary behind innovations like the iPod, iPhone, and MacBook, Steve Jobs will forever be a part of Apple's DNA. Tim ended his message with this striking statement: "I know that he would be proud of all of you."

Today, we're reminded of Steve's Stanford commencement address [2], which is filled with life lessons and notable quotes to remember. Here are eight you should keep in your memory banks.

On Loving What You Do

"I've looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, 'If today was the last day of my life, would I want to do what I'm 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."

On Following Your Passions

"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."

On Being Wealthy

"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."

On Trusting Your Instincts

"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. Everything else is secondary."

On Being Yourself

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it trying to be somebody else."

On Keeping the Faith

"Sometimes, life is gonna hit you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith."

On Following Your Heart

"Remembering that we'll all be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to 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 when faced with death, leaving only what is truly important. 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."

On Living Life to the Fullest

"Stay hungry. Stay foolish."


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