We all can’t be Steve Jobs, but we all can learn from his extraordinary life.
If you want to learn how to get the most out of your life, there isn’t a much better teacher than Steve Jobs. Whenever you think of Steve Jobs, you presumably might think of Apple, However, the former CEO of Apple left a lot more behind than just a line of outstanding tablets and phones.
He was a born visionary, one of the most influential men of this century, choosing to see the world in a different light, and striving for excellence in everything he did. We all can’t be Steve Jobs, but we can all learn from his extraordinary life. But before he was a legend, he was a person.
We could learn a great deal from the powerful lessons he left behind, and use his inspiring words to make a significant difference in our lives.
#1. Start Early As Possible (If you start early, you will reach early.)
The younger you start, the sooner you fail for the first time making you reach early in life. Steve Jobs started working very early with computers, therefore he learned quickly and experimenting early. He started Apple in his early 20’s: when he was still full of energy, fresh ideas, and not yet restrained by a family or career. This is exactly why people who start young become successful (e.g.: Sachin Tendulkar ). Failure’s good. It brings more experience and allows us to learn from our failures in order to better ourselves for the next time we attempt something. Who better than Steve Job can give an account of this.
So it’s never too late to start something that others might have not thought.
#2. Live Life By Your Own Rules….(Don’t let anything drown out your inner voice)
Steve says, “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.” They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
#3. Excellence is a way of life. (Give Your Best Effort In Everything You Do In Life.)
Steve says, “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” “Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.” Jobs also says, “We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and everyone should be really excellent. Because this is our life.”
#4. Don’t Let Money Define Your Existence. (Value People and not Materials )
- Steve Says, “Bottom line is, I didn’t return to Apple to make a fortune. I’ve been very lucky in my life and already have one.
- Steve says, “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.”
- “My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.” Today Time is the most expensive thing that you can give someone. Further, he adds, “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.”
#5. Fail Forward (Use Your Failures To Drive You Towards Success.)
- Everybody fails. It’s how you respond to those failures that make all the difference. In 1984, Steve Jobs was fired from Apple. At Stanford’s 2005 commencement address, he had this to say about it:
- “I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”
- “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” “I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”
#6. Find the Right Partner
There is no more important decision in your life than the person you decide to share it with. Choose wisely (as Steve did), and you have a partner who will help see you through daily challenges. Do not ever compromise on this decision.
Concluding the post I quote Steve Jobs last word:
“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. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.” — Steve Jobs
#Stay hungry. Stay foolish.