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10 Inspirational Quotes From Steve Jobs That Will Change Your Thoughts On Your Career

10 Inspirational Quotes From Steve Jobs That Will Change Your Thoughts On Your Career

Steve Jobs was a difficult person to understand and work with. He was infamous for setting impossible deadlines, obsessing over design, creating a culture of conflict, and crying in meetings. But, at his core, Jobs was a simple man who loved what he did.

Through his passion, Jobs not only inspired an entire industry but whole generations to “think different” — to break with conformity and join the cult of the remarkable few. These are the dream makers. The entrepreneurs. The freelancers. The problem solvers who will not apologize for pissing you off.

I am hopeful that these 10 quotes will inspire you to join the ranks of the remarkable few.

1. “That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex; you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.”

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    Have you seen what happens when things get complicated? Of course, you have — you have experienced it far too often. It produces difficulty, frustration, and anxiety. Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits, explains that we must create an environment where simplicity is possible.

    Tip: Create focus blocks of time. This way, you can focus on the work that matters most and block out all other distractions.

    2. “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other opinions drown your 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.”

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      You are completely disengaged from your work and your boss is beginning to take notice. But this is the job that everyone said you’d be great at, so why do you hate it so much?

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      Cal Newport, professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, explains that to build a career that you are satisfied with, you must first answer the question “What way of working and living will nurture my passion?”

      Tip: Answering Newport’s question is an important step, but what’s more important is to not fixate on regrets.

      3. “I’m as proud of many of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done. Innovation is saying no to a thousand things.”

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        Yes, you are a people pleaser. Regardless of what is asked of you, your answer is “yes.” So the work piles on and nothing gets finished.

        David Allen, the author of Getting Things Done, explains that much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what you’ve started.

        Tip: Say “no” and say it often. If what is being asked of you does not align itself with your goals, then it will become a distraction from the work that needs to get done.

        4. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”

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          You are terrified of failing and have given self-oppression a permanent place at the table. It’s no wonder you are not a successful entrepreneur.

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          Michael Bloomberg, former NYC Mayor, explains that being an entrepreneur has more to do with “a way of looking at the world.”

          Tip: Instead of seeing an obstacle, take an intelligent risk and turn it into an opportunity.

          5. “My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”

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            You waste most of your time in meetings. What’s worse is you are so busy that you have become the bottleneck on many projects and your team members are upset.

            Productivity consultant David Allen explains that when you book yourself in back-to-back meetings, you have little time to reevaluate and process information.

            Tip: You should create a weekly review. The review builds in time for you to reevaluate and process the week’s meetings.

            6. “We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and everyone should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? So this is what we’ve chosen to do with our life.”

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              You’ve allowed fear to paralyze you. You spend your days regretting your past decisions and dreaming about the future you could have had.

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              Do you want a better life? Make the commitment to go for it.

              Tip: Ask yourself, “When it comes time for me to die, what will I regret not doing?” That is what matters most — so go and do it.

              7. “I met Woz when I was 13, at a friend’s garage. He was about 18. He was, like, the first person I met who knew more electronics than I did at that point. We became good friends because we shared an interest in computers and we had a sense of humor. We pulled all kinds of pranks together.”

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                There are very few things in life better than a friend.

                Tip: Never take friendship for granted — it must be cultivated.

                8. “The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

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                  It’s a big job to put a ding in the world. But what if you took that same energy and put a ding in your world?

                  Tip: Instead of having someone else listen to your problems, listen to someone else’s problems and help solve them.

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                  9. “Stay hungry, stay foolish.”

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                    John C. Maxwell, the author of 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, explains that we all must grow to discover our purpose. To become a better parent, you need to grow at relationships. To become a better entrepreneur, you need to grow in self-confidence. To become a better anything, you need to grow.

                    Tip: Keep a growth journal and record what you have learned in your life.

                    10. “And one more thing.”

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                      Life is a journey. It’s a tapestry of singular events. You can sit on your butt and hope that your calling finds you, or you can pursue your calling one baby step at a time.

                      Tip: Take a moment to reflect on your life. Do you notice any recurring themes? If you do, that just might be your calling saying “hello.”

                      Question: Which Steve Jobs quotes did you relate to the most?

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                      Featured photo credit: Zadi Diaz via Flickr

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                      Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                      How to Achieve Goals and Increase Your Chance of Success

                      How to Achieve Goals and Increase Your Chance of Success

                      Does it ever feel like the things you want to accomplish always end up on the back burner? If the answer to that question is “yes,” you’re not alone. Only about 33% of people consistently work toward their goals. In some cases, their goals may seem too lofty to accomplish, or else they aren’t sure how to make a plan for them.

                      If you don’t come up with concrete steps to take toward your goals, they’ll remain dreams. There’s nothing wrong with being a dreamer, but being able to turn your dreams into goals you can realize will help you lead a happier and more fulfilling life.

                      Luckily, you can realize almost any dream when you harness the right goal-setting methods.

                      In this article, I’ll show you how to achieve goals and get closer you success.

                      1. Break your dreams down into specific and measurable steps

                      We couldn’t talk about goal-setting without mentioning SMART goals.

                      SMART goals are specific, measurable, assignable, realistic, and time-related.

                      Specific and measurable steps are so important because if we don’t know what our target it, how can we ever hit it?

                      Take all those beautiful dreams you have for yourself and make them into things you can actually do. If you want to be an entrepreneur, for example, a step toward realizing your dream might be researching what you’ll need to start your business.

                      Find out more tips about utilizing SMART goals here:

                      How to Use SMART Goal to Become Highly Successful in Life

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                      2. Have at least one clearly defined goal for every interest and role in your life

                      It’s so easy to become complacent or stagnate. We often think that our careers are the only places where we need to set goals, but we aren’t only what we do.

                      To make the most of your life, take the approach that you’re always learning and growing in everything you do. Anything worth doing is worth doing well after all.

                      Set goals whether you’re sponsoring an activity for your child, taking up guitar lessons or trying to prove your worth at work.

                      You’ll notice that this approach forces you to constantly develop new skills. It can also be fulfilling to put more focus and value into all areas of your life— not just the ones related to our careers.

                      3. Align your goals with your life’s mission, purpose and passion

                      Take the opportunity to do some soul-searching. What is it that you want to do with this precious life of yours?

                      Anything that conflicts with your life’s purpose is bound to cause discontent. Staying in a bad relationship, doing a job that goes against your values, or maintaining the status quo just because it’s comfortable are not options for you.

                      Thinking about your goals in this way can help you eliminate things in your life that don’t serve you. This frees up mental space that you can use to do the things you care about the most.

                      Many of us struggle to find the time to work on our goals, but this strategy enables you to make more time.

                      4. Create goals that ignite your spirit and inspire you to take action

                      If you can’t be fired up about your goals from the start, they might not be good goals for you.

                      The road to success is often tough. You’re going to have times when you might feel tired or discouraged.

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                      You need to feel inspired enough that you’ll be able to overcome obstacles as you encounter them.

                      If what you’re doing motivates you to be the greatest version of yourself, you’ll be much more resilient.

                      5. Write down all your goals in specific, measurable detail

                      This is your road map for what success will look like. The more you define what you want the finished product to be, the greater the chance that you’ll reach that vision.

                      When you write down your goals, you’re creating a document that you can revisit to make sure you’re on track.

                      When you’re in the middle of trying to achieve a big goal, it can be hard to see what’s working for you. The things you write in this step will help you stay on-message as you take your goals out of your mind and into the real world.

                      Don’t just write down your goals and stash them away in a folder somewhere. Take the extra step to put them somewhere where you’ll see them.[1]

                      If you have too many goals to post on your desk, write a summary or choose one or two steps to work on for the day. Just seeing them will keep them in the front of your mind.

                      6. Commit to hitting each of your targets without exception

                      You wouldn’t have created the target if you didn’t think it was necessary. Hold yourself accountable for taking the steps to succeed.

                      You can always adapt your strategy or break your targets into smaller steps if you find that they aren’t attainable as you originally wrote them.

                      Hitting even the smallest target is cause for a celebration. It’s a step in the positive direction. Your success will make you crave more success.

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                      We often make excuses when we get tired or overwhelmed. Take away the option to make excuses. You will only be satisfied with the best effort from yourself.

                      7. Share your goals with others to motivate each other

                      There’s something so powerful about people sharing their goals and dreams with one another. Doing so gives voice to some part of us that could remain hidden (and therefore never be accomplished).

                      When other people know about your goals, they can cheer you on and hold you accountable. When people share their vision with you, you can do the same for them.

                      This strategy is particularly beneficial when you’re trying to develop healthy habits. Post about your workout on social media, or do a healthy eating challenge with your best friend. You’ll be less likely to slack when temptation arises, and you’ll probably encourage someone else to reach for their goals too.

                      8. Set a series of daily, weekly and long-term goals, complete with starting times and deadlines

                      Many goals never reach realization simply because the goal-setter doesn’t check their progress. People tend to forget what they set out to do, or their goal gets crowded out by other obligations.

                      Forcing yourself to revisit your goals at regular intervals breaks them into smaller steps and it reminds you to think about them.

                      Giving yourself regular deadlines for smaller tasks related to your goals also helps you reflect on your strategy. You’ll figure out what works for you, whether your timeline is realistic, and whether or not you need additional help to stay on track.

                      In addition, celebrating small wins helps you stay motivated. Here’s how:

                      How To Celebrate Small Wins To Achieve Big Goals

                      9. Take 10 minutes every day to imagine how great it will feel to achieve your goals

                      Visualization is such a powerful tool. Some of the most successful athletes, celebrities and business people take time each day to think about how success looks and feels for them.[2] Imagining that feeling of satisfaction can be a great motivator.

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                      When you do meet your goals, take some time to be grateful. Thank yourself for showing up and doing the work. Be grateful when the stars align properly to help you advance to the next step.

                      It’s not just getting to the destination of your goals that matters. How you take the journey is important too.

                      10. Take an action step toward reaching your goals every day

                      Your goals can easily get buried in the hustle and the bustle. Even the smallest step in the right direction is still moving you forward.

                      Keep chipping away at the work every day and before long, you’ll start to see those dreams come to life.

                      Maybe you didn’t start your business today but you designed the logo that’s going to go on your website and business cards. Doing that task well is going to help you so much in the long run.

                      Concrete actions day by day draw your dreams out of obscurity and into the realm of possibility.

                      The Bottom Line

                      Dreams can inspire and overwhelm us. By turning our dreams into goals that we can work toward, we increase our chances of success. Things that once seemed impossible are suddenly within reach.

                      It’s time to start turning your dreams into goals and your goals into realities. Change begins today.

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