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Steve Jobs on Life and Mission

Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,

Steve here… Steve Jobs died seven years ago on October 5, 2011. Whether you like him or not, the man had a seismic impact on how we communicate with one another. I recently came across several of his best known quotes and found them interesting. I thought you’d like to read them:


On VISION

“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.”
Interview with Inc. magazine, 1989


On MISSION

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”
Interview with the Smithsonian Institute, 1995


On FOCUS

“Design is not just what it looks like; design is how it works.”
NY Times article about the iPod, 2003


On TEAM

“My model for business is the Beatles. They were four guys that kept each other’s negative tendencies in check; they balanced each other. And the total was greater than the sum of the parts.”
60 Minutes interview, 2008


On LIFE

“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” [At his death his net worth was $10.2 billion].
Wall Street Journal interview, 1993

“Stay hungry, stay foolish.”
Stanford Commencement Address, 2005


Have a blessed week,

Steve