1. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
Many people have exceptional ides, but few of them manage to turn the ideas into reality. Due to their hesitation or inability to react properly at a given moment, they end up full with regrets rather than memories of success. Past success can turn into ongoing success more often than that.
2. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”
If you are trying hard to succeed in life but end up failing, don’t be disappointed. Success always starts with a failure, and most important and significant successes are a sum of numerous failures.
3. “My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other, and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: Great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.”
It is very important to surround yourself with individuals you respect and trust! Feel free to ask them for help as different ideas significantly strengthen the final decision or choice.
4. “My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”
You need to understand that time is the most precious resource we have. Worrying about how to spend your time rather than what to do with your money and how to spend them makes you richer both internally and financially.
5. “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”
As already discussed, you should never give up in the very beginning. However, giving up eventually is okay, after proper persistence and effort, particularly if you have found a better idea by that point.
6. “I didn’t return to Apple to make a fortune. I’ve been very lucky in my life and already have one. When I was 25, my net worth was $100 million or so. I decided then that I wasn’t going to let it ruin my life. There’s no way you could ever spend it all, and I don’t view wealth as something that validates my intelligence.”
A research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that money cannot buy happiness after an income of more than of $75,000 annually has been reached: “Beyond $75,000 . . . higher income is neither the road to experience happiness nor the road to relief of unhappiness or stress.” Another perspective emphasizes these notions: “The materialistic drive and satisfaction with life are negatively related.”
7. “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.”
Needless to say, being content with your work is one of the key factors to achieving happiness.