Love him or hate him, Steve Jobs was without a doubt one of the greatest entrepreneurs who ever lived.
He created Apple, got fired from his own company, created Pixar, and then got rehired at Apple where he soon became CEO again and brought the company back to glory in the 2000s after they lost popularity in the 90s.
His life and genius were lost too soon in 2011 and one could only dream what the tech industry would look like today if he were still around.
Thankfully, Jobs had never been one to shy away from spreading his knowledge and gave much of his insights in interviews.
Here are some of his most important pieces of advice…
In one of his most famous speeches to college students he said:
“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. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
Everyone has something unique they could contribute to humanity to improve life for everyone but we all get stuck into the pattern of believing what others believe and liking whatever is most popular at the moment.
Steve Jobs asks us to take a step back from the hottest things of the day and figure out what we are truly interested in so we can take strides in that direction.
By doing this we have the potential to make important discoveries and forge an amazing future.
But it begins with breaking away from popular thought and finding our own way first.
“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”
If it is hard for you to admit when something didn’t work out as you planned, then making progress in your life or business is going to be tough and it’ll take longer than it should.
Whenever you make a mistake, deal with it immediately so you can free up time and energy towards building something better.
Getting to the point where you can immediately identify problems and eliminate them won’t be easy once you get there, your life will improve in all aspects.
This is taking called taking extreme responsibility.
“I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.”
Most people when they get a big break, they think they can ride on the success of it forever.
This is why you see rappers, basketball players, and celebrities all buying stupid things. They believe their current level of success will always be there.
But the truth is, the world is always looking for the Next Big Thing, and if all you have to offer is the Last Big Thing, then you’re out of luck.
Always push forward, and don’t rest too long because your future depends on it.
“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.”
The vast majority of people on the planet are just using their jobs to make ends meet, they think eventually I’ll get to do what I want to do so it doesn’t really matter what I’m doing now.
The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken, as Warren Buffett says.
So whatever you are doing now, whether you enjoy it or not is probably what you are going to be doing for a long time into the foreseeable future.
Make it count.
Don’t settle for something “okay,” when you know you are capable of getting a hold of something better.
“I’m as proud of many of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done. Innovation is saying no to a thousand things.”
As you gain more and more success, you gain more and more choices.
This sounds like a good thing but the truth is, every time you are confronted with a choice, you lose out on the option you don’t choose.
So make your choices carefully and ensure that the option you picked was the right choice.
Not every choice will be perfect and some choices will both be as beneficial as the other but if you pick the best choice more often than not…
Your continued success will speak for itself.
Steve Jobs was one of the greatest business-minded individuals of our lifetime, and much of his wisdom was derived from things outside of the business.
He studied Buddhism, took LSD, and read classic works of literature.
All these things colored his perspective and turned it into something very unique and the world was changed because of his special vision.
Expand your mind and your business will be just as expansive.
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