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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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                      Last Updated on August 19, 2019

                      20 Critical Skills to Include on Your Resume (For All Types of Jobs)

                      20 Critical Skills to Include on Your Resume (For All Types of Jobs)

                      A resume describes your critical skills in a way that compels a hiring manager to want to meet you. That is a resume’s sole purpose.

                      And make no mistake: Writing a resume is an art.

                      Today each corporate job opening attracts 250 resumes on average, and somehow yours will need to rise above the competition. It’s actually harder to snag an interview from an online posting than to get into Harvard. But don’t let that intimidate you. Instead, open your laptop, roll up your proverbial sleeves, and let’s get to work!


                      Employers generally prefer candidates with skills that show leadership ability, problem-solving ability, and perseverance through challenges. So in the resume, you should demonstrate that you’re a dynamic candidate.

                      Refine the skills on your resume so that you incorporate these resume “musts:”

                      1. Leadership Ability

                      Even an entry-level employee can show leadership. Point out how your skills helped your department ascend to a new level. Capture leadership attributes with compelling statements.

                      Example:

                      “Led change that drove efficiency and an ability to cut 800 error-free payroll checks.”

                      2. Problem-Solving Ability

                      Most employees are hired to solve problems. Showcase that ability on your resume.

                      Example:

                      “Led staff in campaign to outrival top competitor’s market share during a down cycle.”

                      3. Perseverance

                      Have you been promoted several times? Or have you maintained margins in a down cycle? Both achievements demonstrate persistence. You look like someone who can navigate roadblocks.

                      4. Technical Skills

                      Consider including a Key Skills or Technology Skills section in which you list computer and software skills.

                      Example:

                      “Expert-level knowledge in Java.”

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                      5. Quantified Results

                      Nothing is quite as attractive as objective results. Did you increase sales by 25 percent? Win three new clients? Surpass the internal goal by 15 percent?

                      Use hard-hitting numbers to express your point. State the result first, and then provide a sentence or phrase describing the critical skills you applied to achieve the milestone.

                      Example:

                      “Boosted sales by 200 percent by developing new online platform that made it easier for customers to compare and contrast sizes, textures, and fit.”

                      6. People Skills

                      Employers prefer congenial staff members to prima donnas or mavericks. Relate your strongest soft skills.

                      Example:

                      “Organized, hard-working staffer who listens well and communicates effectively.”

                      7. Passion in the Field

                      Recruiters and hiring managers can intuit whether candidates care about their career performance by the dynamism behind the descriptions of their skills on their resumes. Are your efforts “transformational” or merely “useful?” Were your results “game-changing” or boringly “appropriate?”

                      The tenor of your words reveals whether you’re passionate or passive. (But don’t overdo it. See the “Hyperbole” section below.)

                      8. Being the Entrepreneur within the Corporation

                      Whether you took the initiative to create a new synergy or worked independently to land an opportunity, share how you furthered organizational goals through your self-directed efforts.

                      9. Your Adaptability

                      Have you switched career paths? Weathered a corporate takeover?

                      Make it clear that your resilience helped get you and your organization through the turbulence.

                      10. Confirming Your Expertise

                      Every job posting states experience requirements. Ideally, you want to meet these requirements or best them. But don’t exaggerate.


                      While proving that you possess the credentials described in the job posting, you can still stand out if you are able to offer additional special skills to showcase your personality.

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                      Consider adding any of these special accomplishments, if true:

                      11. Referencing Award-Winning Talents

                      If you played center on your college basketball team that made it into the Top 10 finals, then working collaboratively and cooperatively are among your natural callings. Be sure to say so.

                      12. Unveiling Your Work Persona

                      If you were repeatedly singled out for your stellar performance in work settings, becoming employee-of-the-month, top revenue generator, and so on — it’s worth mentioning.

                      13. Capitalizing on Commonalities

                      From Googling the hiring manager, you discover that she was formerly a Peace Corps volunteer in Belize. Listing your Spanish immersion course in Central America may draw her attention to the other outstanding skills on your resume.

                      14. Highlighting Creative Tactics

                      If, for example, in your HR role, you piloted an employee incentive program that became an industry model, include it. Such innovative thinking will command an employer’s attention.

                      15. Specifying All Accolades

                      Listing any honors received instills confidence that you will bring that level of perfectionism forward in a corporate environment.

                      16. Transferable Skills

                      You spend your spare time conducting your community orchestra. Highlight this after-hours pursuit to show that you have the critical skills needed to keep a team on task.


                      Take note: Hyperbole can hurt you. So, show your credibility.

                      Although it may be tempting to use embellishments to boost your experience, improve your job title, or enhance your education, resist. These days, a five-minute search will reveal the truth. And taking self-inflation too far could easily come back to destroy your career.

                      Hiring managers have their antenna up for resume hyperbole. A survey shows that 53 percent are suspicious that candidates are often dishonest.

                      Follow these guiding principles when writing your own resume:

                      17. Accurately Describing Your Degree

                      Make sure to differentiate between certificates attained and degrees earned, along with the name of the institution awarding them.

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                      18. Stating Job Duration with Honest Dates

                      Honesty is the only policy when reporting the length of a particular job. If you’ve been out of work for an extended period of time, state the reason you have gaps.

                      Whether you traveled, had to cope with a family emergency, or went back to school to change your professional track, communicate the positive outcome that came from the hiatus.

                      19. Claiming Only the Skills You Truly Possess

                      Unless you’re proficient in a software program or are fluent in a second language, leave any mention of them off.

                      Conversely, if you feel like you must include them, then accurately qualify your level of competence.

                      20. Being Honest About Your Role in a Project

                      You may think you were the lead person because you did most of the work, but chances are your supervisor thinks otherwise.

                      Besides the 20 critical skills to include on your resume, here’re some important notes for you.

                      Bonus Tips for Writing a Resume

                      You Only Have 6 to 7 Seconds to Impress the Employer

                      Hiring managers and artificial intelligence “bots” may spend only 6 to 7 seconds perusing your resume, which means you need it to teem with essential skills, quantifiable achievements, and action words.

                      If, in fact, you believe that a “bot” will be analyzing your resume before it even lands on a hiring manager’s desk, be sure to include some of the actual key words from the posting in your document. There’s no reason why you can’t customize your resume to each job posting.

                      Another tip: Be sure to show your resume to a few individuals who work in your field, so that you can fine-tune the information as needed.

                      Starting at the Top

                      The Objective at the top of your resume is optional if you’re seeking the same job you already have, just at different company. However, if you’re switching fields, it’s critical to include an Objective, which is a one-sentence summary of the job you want.

                      For example:

                      Objective: To become web editor at a thriving news website.

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                      If you’ve been in your field for ten years or more, you will probably want to include an Executive Summary. This is a one-sentence takeaway about who you are, including the critical skills you amassed throughout your career.

                      For example:

                      Executive Summary: Award-winning creative director with over ten years experience managing teams on three continents.

                      Depending on your field, you may also want to add some skills as bullet points in the Executive Summary section.

                      And what about your Education? If you graduated from college within the past ten years, include your Education just below the Objective section (and forgo the Executive Summary). If it’s been over ten years since you graduated, then include your Education at the very end of your resume. Only cite your grade point average (G.P.A.) if it was exceptional—3.7 G.P.A. or higher, or if you won scholastic awards.

                      Ideally, the critical skills you amassed during college, at your previous job, and throughout your career will add up to a riveting portrait of a professional who’s ideally suited for your dream position: You.

                      Tailor, Tweak, and Fine-Tune

                      If you’re targeting different kinds of organizations, you’ll need customized resumes for each outreach.

                      Don’t be afraid to parrot some of the words on the list of requirements back to the company. Many times, organizations will actually use the key words mentioned in the job posting when screening resumes.

                      Approach Your Resume as a Skills-Based Story

                      Like any good storyteller, lay out the framework at the beginning. Include the skills you’ve mastered and state how you can add value—wording your sentences in a way that reflects the specific job you’re seeking.

                      Are you vying for a sales position? Quantify your results: “Responsible for 50 percent of all sales that resulted in $750,000 in annual revenue.” Use your critical skills, peppered throughout your resume, to tell the exciting story of your distinguished professional career!

                      Researching the organization that you’re targeting will help you make your examples specific. Does the company cater to a particular audience or clientele? Be sure to note any experiences you’ve had with similar audiences.

                      Putting It All Together

                      A resume is not a laundry list. It tells a cohesive story. Your story should highlight your qualifications and critical skills in a way that makes a logical, well-constructed case for your compatibility with the organization and its advertised position.

                      Packaging your story into the concisely prescribed format of a resume means that it will read as a synopsis — one that will hopefully land you the job.

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