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Steve Jobs: Quotes from a tech visionary and entrepreneur

Every entrepreneur should listen
By Entrepreneur Staff |

The world has lost one of its best and boldest entrepreneurs today with the passing of Apple founder Steve Jobs at age 56. To celebrate his legacy, rounded up some of his best quotes about business, leadership, and life in general.

"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower."

"Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me…Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me."

"We’ve gone through the operating system and looked at everything and asked how can we simplify this and make it more powerful at the same time."

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

"I want to put a ding in the universe."

"I was worth over $1,000,000 when I was 23, and over $10,000,000 when I was 24, and over $100,000,000 when I was 25, and it wasn’t that important because I never did it for the money."

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

"The people who are doing the work are the moving force behind the Macintosh. My job is to create a space for them, to clear out the rest of the organization and keep it at bay."

"To turn really interesting ideas and fledgling technologies into a company that can continue to innovate for years, it requires a lot of disciplines."

"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."

"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."

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"Innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we\\\'ve been thinking about a problem. It\\\'s ad hoc meetings of six people called by someone who thinks he has figured out the coolest new thing ever and who wants to know what other people think of his idea. And it comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don\\\'t get on the wrong track or try to do too much. We\\\'re always thinking about new markets we could enter, but it\\\'s only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that are really important."

Videos courtesy of the 2007 D5 Conference with Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

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