At OneDesk, we believe that anyone can become a successful innovator if they have the perseverance to do so. Thus, we have turned to Steve Job’s examples on numerous occasions, and used them to preach about fostering innovation throughout organizations.

As the co-founder of Apple, CEO of Pixar, co-designer and developer of the first commercially successful lines of personal computers, as well as the genius behind the latest technological innovations,
Apple’s iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac and iTunes, Steve Jobs was responsible for revolutionizing personal computing, telephony, and music.

Steve Jobs quotes

Some of our favorite Steve Jobs quotes

In tribute to the tech-world pioneer, here are some of our favorite Steve Jobs quotes:

“My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.”

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

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

“You can’t ask customers what they want, then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.”

“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.”

“The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it into a nationwide communications network. We’re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people–as remarkable as the telephone.” (Playboy interview, 1985)

“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life.”

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

“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.”

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

Do you have any favorite Steve Jobs quotes? We would love to hear them.

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