Steve Jobs is among the most inspiring entrepreneurs to have ever lived. The work he did is always exceptional, and his inspiring and sensational ideas are always at the top of the chart. Steve died on October 5, 2011 aged 56. His death left many commentators wondering if Apple Inc.- the company he co-founded and led through many years of profit and innovation – would continue to thrive without him.
After struggling with cancer, Jobs stepped down from his post as Apple Chief Executive Officer in August the same year, yet his impact on the company remained profound. His idea about how people should interact with technology and his single-minded pursuit of his vision led him to create a remarkable technology company. His company led a revolution in the music industry with the introduction of iPod and iTunes in 2001.
Success Lessons from Steve Jobs
- Vision feeds creativity
Jobs complimented his passion for technology with his obsessive love for design. He had a big vision, a clear vision for digital hub – a place where all technical device could be amassed together in harmony. He used his creativity to support his vision. According to him, creativity is connecting things and creating something new and useful that others can’t see. You need to have your own way of interpreting the world you live in. It is time to get creative and connect the dots, so as to make your vision a reality.
- Be Optimistic
The Max Moore law states that optimism is the fuel of heroes, the enemy of despair and the creator of the future. It is the converse of pessimism. Pessimism is just like any black hole and swallows anything good until you are left with nothing to rejoice about. Jobs gave the world three tips about becoming more optimistic;
– Give yourself permission to be human and don’t beat up yourself about mistakes.
– Always express gratitude
– Engage in those activities that give your life pleasure as well as meaning.
Take Action to Defeat Fear
Fear is the enemy of self-confidence and success. We are humans, and it is normal to be afraid sometimes. The biggest fear we are faced with is the fear of failure. Jobs taught his circles how to face up fear and conquer worries. He let the world know that procrastination, indecision and inaction feed fear and that its cure is action. In order to deal with fear, you need to follow the following steps;
– Identify what you fear
– Admit to the fact that you fear it
– Accept that you fear it
– Take the appropriate action to deal with what you fear.
At all times, ensure that you surround yourself with positive people. The most successful people are those who are positive by nature and also positive about their life. From Jobs, we can learn that positive people help you feel good about yourself even when faced with challenging situations. Positive people are there to offer you support when you begin to doubt about yourself. They have a strong sense of self-esteem and help you build it when faced with challenging situations. Steve was able to battle cancer for many years, and he never let it put him down from performing his duties. You need to build a level of trust and confidence with mentors, positive people and also build networks.
- Focus Sharpens the Mind
We are living in a world where we are overwhelmed with information, digital gadgets and new technologies. This makes our minds busy and our bodies quite tense. Jobs knew that simplicity is the ultimate complexity and that simple can be harder than complex. You need to work harder to get yourself thinking clean and better to make things simple by your way. Focus sharpens the mind enabling us to work on what actually matters. You will be able to move mountains if you live a simple life with an intense focus on your vision.
Jobs Life Lessons to Success
– Do not tolerate any distractions around you. Do not accommodate people who are indecisive to surround you. They will never make any tangible contribution to your life.
– You can’t do it all by yourself. This is where delegation is important. Learn to appreciate your subordinates and juniors and delegate tasks to them to help you move forward. This accelerates your success.