What can we learn from Steve Jobs?

Steve Jobs with the iPhone – can't live without mine!

Steve Jobs with the iPhone – can’t live without mine!

It was sad to hear about the death of Steve Jobs. I’m one of millions who admired his work. I’m an Apple girl – have been since first buying my Mac Classic some time last century.

So, with his passing, what can we learn from the man, Steve Jobs?

There is no doubt, the man was inspiring. For business people and just people generally, some of his speeches are worth listening to more than once.

Here’s a few famous Steve Job’s quotes

Things don’t have to change the world to be important.

Stop trying to change the world. Just get on and do it. It’s in the doing that we can find some sense of pride in ourselves and our work.

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 wish some of our politicians would take this on board. True leaders lead and create environments, ways of thinking, products even, that we come to embrace. If you think you have a good idea, you don’t need to get sign off by every person. If you try, you probably end up doing nothing at all.

Loved my Mac Classic – it was so innovative at the time!

Loved my Mac Classic – it was so innovative at the time!

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.

A follow-up to the last quote, keep going. Keep doing. Keep learning. And remember, we learn most from our failures. This is the big message from Steve Jobs. He was removed from Apple in the 90s and came back after time in other businesses, to transform Apple into what it is today.

At the risk of going to far, some of the words that come to mind:  innovative, creative, outstanding.

Here’s two more Steve Jobs’ quotes to finish with

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know of avoiding the trap of thinking you have something to lose.

And … Stay hungry, stay foolish.

His speech at Stanford University in 2005 is magical: truly wonderful.