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15 Timeless Advices on Leadership, Innovation and Creativity

The most valuable lessons in entrepreneurship are learned through personal experience. But the personal success stories of the most popular and impactful entrepreneurs can help many entrepreneurs to improve their startup venture. As we mark today the birthday of Steve Jobs, one of the biggest visionaries in the entrepreneurial world, we will share fifteen of his most inspiring quotes on leadership, innovation and creativity.

“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.”

“I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.”

“Quality is much better than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.”

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.”

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”

“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. 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.”

“It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”

“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.”

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

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

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

“My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better.”

“Stay hungry, stay foolish!”
─ February 24, 2015