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Only a few weeks ago, I wrote about how much of an inspiration the life of Steve Jobs was and what principles we can learn from such an impressive man.

Sadly, today he lost his battle with cancer, leaving behind a gaping hole in the technology world and especially in the company that he pushed to unprecedented levels of success.

He certainly was an incredible individual who will long be remembered for his innovation, salesmanship and the high standard of excellence that he brought to his work.

The technologies that were created under his guidance will soon be redundant, but his words will live on, so here are a few of my favourite quotes from the late Steve Jobs, starting with a few nice short ones:

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

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.

It’s better to be a pirate than to join the navy.

And then this longer one from a commencement speech that he gave at Stanford University in 2005

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me 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 in the face of 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.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.  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. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it.  Don’t settle.

I really like this one as well,

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.

And then this final quote that he used to recruit John Sculley from Pepsi to Apple in 1983,

Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water, or do you want a chance to change the world?

Thanks Steve.

Not for your inventions or your marketing genius, but for showing us that it is possible to change the world.

Do you have a favourite Steve Jobs quote that you would like to share?

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