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Inspired by Steve Jobs

Posted by Cecilia Walker on


“Jobs,” the Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher, opens in theaters today.  Despite the critics’ reviews about the film, I have, once again, been inspired by the genius and innovative mind behind this great man.  My favorite Steve Jobs quotes:

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

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. 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.”

“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.”

“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. … Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

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

In addition to Steve Jobs’ life advice, I’m totally digging Ashton Kutcher’s speech at Nickelodeon’s Teen Choice Awards, the other night, where he defines “sexy” as being three things.

“The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart. And being thoughtful. And being generous. Everything else is crap!”  

Check out his entire speech…

And then I searched around to re-read Mona Simpson’s eulogy  — and was reminded of her reference to “threes”:  about the “three distinct periods” over the 27 years she knew Steve;  about Steve’s final words being “monosyllables, repeated three times” — and shed tears all over again.

Build your life.  YOLO.

image:  Jobs movie poster;  Open Road Films 

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