While his isn’t a name that immediately springs to mind when you think of fitness, Steve Jobs dropped a few motivational gems for people in all walks of life.
When the Apple co-founder and CEO, who had been battling pancreatic cancer since 2004, finally succumbed to his illness on October 5, 2011, he left behind more than a tech empire—he left a huge carbon footprint and a ton of inspirational quotes.
On the key to success: “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”
Fitness application: “If you work out more, you’ll be more fit than people who don’t work out as much.”
On restraint and discipline: “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.”
Fitness Application: “Say ‘no’ to greasy food. Don’t work out until you hurt yourself.”
On not being afraid to be different: “The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do.”
Fitness Application: “Crazy will change the world, but it’ll make you look like a douche at the gym.”
On never doing anything half-assed: “When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.”
Fitness Application: “Don’t forget ‘legs day’.”
On sticking with what you love: “I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.”
Fitness Application: “That hot girl at the gym is playing hard to get.”
On getting getting back up after you fail: “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”
Fitness application: “Beware equipment with swinging parts and loose weights.”
On living life to the fullest: “I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
Fitness Application: “Change up your workout routine.”