Steven Paul, popularly known as “Steve Jobs” was an American entrepreneur, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple Inc. We all remember him as the man who always wore blue jeans with black turtlenecks and had a charismatic smile on his face, replete with radiance. Though he is gone from this Earth, he is not forgotten and his image still pops up in our minds whenever we think about the revolution of Apple. He didn’t have an MBA degree and couldn’t write a line of code. He wasn’t even an engineer and in fact had no college degree at all. All he had was an unwavering passion- to move out of the herd and be different.
It’s true that not every startup will raise capital and walk away with Millions in their pockets just like Steve but what he went through in life, how he tackled the situations, and the manner in which he accomplished his goals are the biggest teachings for any person who wishes to become as successful as him someday.
Of course, we aren’t asking you to be Steve Jobs as you are unique in your own way but there are a few habits which you can learn from Jobs and lead your company and efforts in the right direction.
1. Love What You Do
Will you still work that extra hour on your business if you are extremely fagged out? Are you willing to work on it when there’s no guarantee of any cash flows? Does you dream often keep you awake at night and you desperately want to see it turn into a reality?
Everyone works around us. But the biggest question which arises is whether they love what they are doing? If the answer is yes, then it is great and one should carry on. But if the answer is no, then that is a sign that things need to be changed quickly.
Steve once said- “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.”
2. Put Yourself in Other People’s Shoes
If a person wants his/her products to be successful then he/she should come up with things which were never thought of beforehand but, once in existence it should always seem natural. And to make such products, a person should always be better at dreaming new and unique products.
One should think about solving a problem. Steve’s ability to foresee the future trends helped to make Apple one of the largest and profitable companies in the world. Think about what is missing, what more could be done to make this world a much more convenient and coordinated place to live?
Whenever you feel like embracing mediocrity, try to remember Steve’s words for once before finalizing your decision- “We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?”
3. Learn From Others
Steve had worked with HP and Atari and identified the difference he wanted to create in Apple. It has always been seen that to be successful, one needs to learn different things from different persons. The main purpose is that it helps in increasing knowledge. And it has even been rightly said that never hesitate to learn from even small business and workers. Steve even traveled to India, where he met new people and explored some new ideas and possibilities. So buck up and get ready to explore things that can help you to become a better entrepreneur and of course, a better person.
4. Obstacles Won’t Last Long
There was a time when Steve Jobs and his partner Steve Wozniak had to sell some of their belongings in their early days when they ran out of money. Steve was fired from Apple in the year 1984 when the board of directors believed him to be the wrong person to lead the company. In a speech at Stanford University, he stated that being fired from Apple proved to be a boon in disguise for him; “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. I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful-tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it.”
It’s truly said that, where there’s a will, there’s a way. So whatever obstacles come in the way one must always confront and overcome them, instead of running away from them.
5. Take Risks
Things that are different and unique from other things already available in the market would always be loved by everyone. So whenever a new product is to be made or manufactured, one should never be afraid of the same and should willingly take the risk. Many feared Steve’s decision when he decided to launch iPhone as it would have made the iPod obsolete and therefore redundant but Steve did it anyway and what happened next is history.
6. Stand By Truth
Steve Jobs made sure that whatever he promised, he fulfilled it. He didn’t only convince others but also convinced himself to do it. The greatest goal for a person is to self justify oneself. When a person is able to do that, he achieves the trust of people and is always considered as a good leader.
7. Admit Your Mistakes
It is important to admit ones mistake, as it will help a person to garner the trust and respect of others. Jobs, always said that if a person commits a mistake, he should also accept it instead of denying it or blaming it on someone else.
8. Trust Your Instincts
Once a reporter asked Jobs what kind of market research he had done for Macintosh and he responded by asking “Did Alexander Graham Bell do any market research before he invented the telephone?”
If you have an idea and if you think it has the potential to make a significant difference, you should certainly go for it. Steve Jobs believed in his taste and always thought that if he liked something, the public would also like it. And he was almost invariably right. A person’s instinct can never be wrong. As a result, one should always try to trust one’s instincts as much as possible.
9. Never Lose Faith
The most inspiring part of the speech delivered by Steve Jobs in Stanford University was advising students to not lose faith; “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. 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.”
He was of the opinion that whatever happens always happens for good. Therefore, if the first door closes then a second door will definitely open, one just needs the correct approach to see it.
Steve Jobs would always be remembered as a digital visionary and the man who brought poetry to microchip.
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