He came, he saw, he conquered…and he left behind some great lessons that we can all learn from.
One thing is for sure, Steve Jobs didn’t become successful overnight. It took him years of hard work, determination, and perseverance to build Apple into the company that it is today.
And thanks to his many lectures and speeches, we have a glimpse into his day-to-day work ethic and how he managed to do as much as he did. And, in order to help you reach your personal goals, we’ve put together 9 of his inspirational lessons. Read them, be inspired by them, and then get out there and make your dreams come true.
#1: Follow your heart
“Almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.
Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
#2: Trust yourself
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
#3: Love what you do
“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.
#4: Go for a home run
“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. One home run is much better than two doubles.”
#5: Pick carefully
“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.”
#6: Work hard to make it simple
“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.”
#7: Steal great ideas
“We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.”
#8: Your goal isn’t to make money
“Apple’s goal isn’t to make money. Our goal is to design and develop and bring to market good products. We trust as a consequence of that, people will like them, and as another consequence, we’ll make money.”
“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.”
#9: Don’t lose faith
“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”
If you’re tired of living your life according to someone else’s dream, this is a great time to reflect inward and apply these lessons in your own life.
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