Remembering Steve Jobs, who would be 60 today

Stay hungry; stay foolish

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Given that Jobs wanted his friends and family to be inspired by the thoughts of Paramahansa Yogananda when he was laid to rest, it feels appropriate to share some of them again today, on what would have been the Apple co-founder’s sixtieth birthday.

These notions provide some sense of Steve’s inner world, and may help inspire the next generation to continue “denting the universe." You can share your own memories at


You have come to earth to entertain and to be entertained.

“The great man doesn’t think he is great. Those who say they are great are not. And those who are great are too busy being great to think about their greatness.”

There is no difficulty that cannot be solved, provided you believe you have more power than your troubles, and you use that power to shatter your impediments.

“There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.”

By not developing the faculty of intuition, you make wrong decisions, pick up the wrong business associates, and get caught up in wrong personal relationships. …Intuition will never make such a mistake. It will not look at the magnetic power of the eyes or at the attractive face or personality of a person, but will feel and perceive accurately in the heart what that person is really like.

“I have long exercised an honest introspection, the exquisitely painful approach to wisdom. Self- scrutiny, relentless observance of one’s thoughts, is a stark and shattering experience. It pulverizes the stoutest ego…”

Learn to be very active in this world, doing constructive work; but when you are through with your duties, turn off your nervous motor. Retire to the center of your being which is calmness… If you have a calm nervous system, you will have success in everything you undertake...

“The happiness of one's own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul; one must try to include, as necessary to one's own happiness, the happiness of others.”

The divine order arranges our future more wisely than any insurance company.

Thanks for denting the universe, Mr. Jobs.

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