Steve Jobs. What We Can Learn From His Life.
Steve Jobs has been a household name around the world for most of the past decade and especially after his death. The inventor emerged from not-so-very supportive circumstances to beat the odds against him and become one of the greatest contributors to computer technology. Driven by creativity and a drive to provide solutions for the future, he struggled with formal education.
In 1955, Steve Jobs was the child of unmarried university students who gave him up for adoption. His new parents encouraged him to engage in electronics, but it was a calligraphy course which fascinated him and made the greatest impact on his contribution to technology. His first Apple computer came out in 1976 with the contribution of friends and was sold from his parent’s garage.
“I always advise people – Don’t wait! Do something when you are young when you have nothing to lose, and keep that in mind.” – Steve Jobs
The demand for home computers led to the expansion of the company. His unique approach caused frequent friction with senior workers at Apple, and for this reason, he was relieved from his managerial duties and had to quit the company. Although this seems like an embarrassment, he described the move out of the company he started as one of the best things that ever happened to him. With his return to Apple came the real success in the company’s sales and profitability. It is, however, not the large sums of money that make him great and famous but the top-notch innovation he developed without even possessing a college degree. This turned a struggling Apple into a valuable brand.
Learning to get the most out of life requires inspiration from successful people, and Steve Jobs’s life is one of the greatest lessons. Although he did not often discuss his life of unconventional choices, here are some notable exceptions, which can help you stand out too.
1. Focus On The Positive And Ignore The Negative
Right from birth, Steve Jobs was exposed to circumstances which could have led to his withdrawal and discouragement. For example, he could have blamed his problems on his adoption.
“Don’t take it all too seriously. If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you’ve done and whoever you were and throw them away.” – Steve Jobs
However, he loved his new parents and spent time on the things that made him happy, like computers. This means he was a positive thinker (who saw a glass-half-full) and determined to get the best from situations regardless of the circumstances. Focusing all the energy you have on the positive things available in life is rewarding. Negativity, on the other hand, is energy draining and will deprive you of a full life. It is, therefore, important to learn this trait of dedication to the positives in life.
2. Calculated Risks Are Part Of The Game Of Life
Steve Jobs was a risk-taker, this set him apart from his competitors. There is no CEO who would risk abandoning the company’s top-selling product for a new product. This would risk cannibalizing the product that they relied on for their largest sales. Jobs, however, opted to replace the iPod with the new iPhone. The success of the iPhone cannot be overstated. Although it was in an emerging market, the smartphone changed the future of the company by dominating the industry for a long time. Learning how to make the right choices as a risk-taker is essential. In an inspirational speech, Jobs mentioned that he was willing to have the courage and follow his heart, and suggested that we try it too.
3. Travel The World To Learn Outside The Box
Steve’s visit to India when he was only 19 helped him broaden his perspective of life beyond him. It helped him expand his thoughts and his mind to unlimited possibilities. We should take his cue to travel and experience various cultures and lifestyles of different people. Not only will this exposure allow you not only to marvel at new ways of doing things but also broaden your horizons.
4. Learn From Your Failures And Keep Pursuing Your Dreams
After he got fired from the company he started barely a decade earlier, Jobs could have slipped into depression. Instead, he was positive about it and did not feel sorry for himself. In the end, he realized and admitted that his exit from Apple was the best thing that ever happened to him. He turned into a beginner again and suppressed the heaviness of his big failure. This was motivation for him to get creative again and, as he describes it, it was the most creative period of his life.
Here we learn not to be afraid or crushed by failure. It is likely to happen to us, but it does not mean it is the end of our journey in whatever we pursue. We should, therefore, try to treat failure as an opportunity to improve ourselves. Most people around the world are crushed by the fact that they had big losses and are afraid of trying to come back up.
5. Pursue Your Passion
Steve Jobs is one of the best examples of someone who did what he truly loved from his childhood. The best part about finding what you truly love is that it keeps you going when things are tough, Jobs said in a speech to Stanford University Graduates. He mentioned that it is critical to find your passion in both your professional and personal life. If you find what you truly love, you are likely to do it with a complete passion. There will be no excuses for not giving everything you have.
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