Steve Jobs is a unique figure in the world of business a technology. A talented entrepreneur and CEO, he created one of the largest technology brands in the world, Apple, and achieved fame as a digital visionary, the man who predicted how our future would look like. In addition to being an exceptionally gifted businessman, Steve Jobs was also a very wise man who left a lot of remarkable thoughts and life lessons we can all try and live by.
1. Love what you do
If you don’t love something, you’re not going to go the extra mile, work the extra weekend, challenge the status quo as much.
Steve Jobs had an on-and-off history with Apple – he left the company once, and returned when it was on the edge of bankruptcy to turn it from a failure into a success. But the truth is that Steve could not imagine doing anything else – Apple was his one true calling, which could be easily seen in the level of dedication and love he had for Apple, their products, and the people who worked there.
2. Seek experiences, not classroom knowledge
I’m not dismissing the value of higher education; I’m simply saying it comes at the cost of experience.
Like anyone, Steve Jobs understood the importance of a good education. He encouraged young people to study and learn the academic basis for their future profession. However, what Steve Jobs thought was more important were the experience and creativity that could only come from curiosity and the urge to explore the world. In the modern times we can interpret it this way: don’t underestimate the power of good education, but pay more attention to real-life experience.
3. You can’t do it alone
No matter how talented and powerful of a figure Steve Jobs was, he still realized how essential it is to be surrounded by like-minded people who will back you up in any situation. He is known for having decades-long professional relationships with a lot of his co-workers. By surrounding yourself with people who share your spirit, plans, ambitions and fantasies, you can achieve a lot more than you would working by yourself.
4. Don’t be afraid of hard work
If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.
In the early stages of his first company, Steve Jobs has made over 200 phone calls to potential clients and buyers. This sounds exhausting, but proves the dedication to hard work Steve Jobs is famous for. He was always up for any challenge, no matter how complicated or unpleasant it was, and it’s something we can all learn from Steve.
5. Find your niche
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
Steve Jobs and Apple would have never achieved their smashing success if Apple had been just another tech company producing computers of software. Instead, Steve Jobs turned his company into a birthplace of innovations in the technical field. Every one of his inventions: MacBook, iPhone, iPod and iPad, were groundbreaking and unique and helped the whole world realize that Apple is a force to be reckoned with.
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6. If you can’t win the game – change the rules
We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?
When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in the late 1990s, it was on the brink of bankruptcy and shutting down. 10 years later the first iPhone was introduced. Steve Jobs would have never been able to achieve that if he played by the rules of the industry. Only when he decided that Apple was going to take its own route, he was able to take Apple to Victory. Touchscreen smartphones, all-in-one computers, fast and visually appealing operating systems were just a few of Apple’s amazing achievements led by Steve Jobs.
7. Know your worth
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.
For a very long time Steve Jobs knew exactly what he wanted; he just didn’t know where he would do it. He was always looking for the best opportunity to apply his skills and talent. This tip can be applied not only just to professional, but also to personal life. Know your worth, don’t settle for anything less, and if things don’t go your way, don’t hesitate to get up and leave.
8. Surround yourself with a great team
It’s no secret that Steve Jobs was not an outstanding computer engineer – he was a dreamer, a visionary, a designer and a thinker; but would he build the iMac, MacBook, iPhone and iPad on his own? Probably not – and that’s why it’s essential to have a team of dedicated professionals around you anytime you plan to achieve something great.
9. Always look ahead
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.
Just think about it: once Steve Jobs achieved unbelievable success with the first iPhone in 2007, he could have easily thought he’s done enough, taken a vacation or even retired. Instead he worked even harder, creating one groundbreaking gadget after another. What we can all learn from that is that you should never stop in your development and you should always look out for your next best achievement.
10. Pay special attention to the details
You’ve baked a really lovely cake, but then you’ve used dog shit for frosting.
The one thing that makes all Apple creations from the past 30 years so great is the fact that they’re nearly perfect. You won’t find almost a single flaw in any of the device. That happened because no one paid more attention to details than Steve Jobs. A single imperfection could have ruined the experience of using a new gadget. Steve Jobs put a lot of effort into delivering a flawless product, and that’s something we can all be inspired by.