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8 Life Lessons You Need To Learn From Steve Jobs

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Steven Paul or Steve Jobs was an American computer entrepreneur and inventor who was born on February 24, 1955 and died on October 5, 2011 . He was Co-founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Apple Inc. Jobs also previously served as Chief Executive of Pixar Animation Studios and there are so many more Steve’s accomplishments during his life. 

Steve Jobs success’ story inspires so many people in the world. Some movie directors and authors have made some books and movies so people in the world will know Steve Jobs deeper through his inspiring and challenging life story. 

In this article I will summarize 10 life lessons you can learn from Steve Jobs. 

  1. Focus on the positive

Steve Jobs was an adopted child. He could have easily hated his life and started to get involved with negative things during his teenage years. 

However, young Steve Jobs kept focusing on the positive: he was thankful for his loving adoptive parents, he also found a positive channel (technology and computer) to pour his energy into, and in the end we all know what he achieved.

You too, can benefit from the power of positive thinking. If you are the kind of person who often sees the glass as half-empty, try to start focusing on the positive things in your life, and you will surely reap lots of benefits from it.

2. You don’t beat the competition at their game. You redefine the game.

How did Apple go from being 3 months away from being shut down to introducing the iPhone 10 years later?  They didn’t play the computer game the way everyone said they needed to play it. Napster was created and made music essentially free. 

Apple created the next “Walkman” in the iPod which forced users to pay for music.  Dell was the dominant PC player during much of that time, selling bland looking computers with no middle man to keep costs down.  Apple created a bunch of Apple stores. This was as radical as if Google decided today that they were going to build a bunch of Google stores.  

The leading smartphones before the iPhone all had physical keyboards like the BlackBerry, Palm Treo, Good technology, and the first versions of Google’s Android.  Apple came up with something utterly different. So much so that most people referred to it in the first couple of years as the “Jesus Phone.” Don’t just beat the competition. Think different to create a new game.

3. Be Persistent

it is important to realize that success in life is not a destination, but a grueling process, one that includes tasks that may seem mundane. You may have to make 200 phone calls and be rejected each time, only to find what you were seeking on call #201. But don’t give up! You will learn many valuable lessons in the process, and will be better for it in the end. 

“ Always remember that even Thomas Edison tried and failed over 10,000 times in the creation of the light bulb! “

4. Get New Perspective By Travelling

The year before he founded Apple, Jobs journeyed to India. Travel has a way of broadening a person’s perspective and expanding their sense of what’s possible  – those are both traits an entrepreneur needs.

Travelling doesn’t have to cost you lots of money, or lots of time. A simple weekend getaway to another city nearby might be enough for you to experience new things and broaden your horizon.

5. Surround yourself with great people

Not only did Steve Jobs have Steve Wozniak as a partner, he also worked with Tim Cook, Johny Ive, and John Lasseter (Pixar CCO). Steve Jobs has surely surrounded himself with great people that have a lot of strength. This has enabled Jobs to create massive success with not only Apple, but also Pixar.

By looking at how Steve Jobs had great friends during his life, you can learn from him and make sure that you surround yourself with great people who compliment your skill set, give support and give you advice in order to achieve success.

6. Believe In Yourself

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” 

Steve Jobs

That quote above was one of the most famous quotes that Steve Jobs has said, at his Stanford commencement address. The quote means that you have to trust in yourself and have faith that the dots will connect in the future.

If you have the belief that things will work out, then your effort will naturally be much higher, and you’ll work harder.

Whereas without this belief that what you’re doing right now will work out and benefit you later down the line, the motivation to drop your leisure time and keep pushing on with business work will be low.

7. Learn How To Negotiate

Negotiating is something that happens everyday in your life, whether you realize it or not. Knowing how to negotiate so that you do not sell yourself short or cheat the other party is an extremely valuable skill not often taught. Creating a win-win situation out of a negotiation leaves a favorable impression of you in the other party’s mind, which increases the possibility of further favors.  

8. Do what you love

We might hear these words from someone who tells us to do what we love, even Steve Jobs also said the same thing that he did what he loves. Steve Jobs once told a group of employees, “People with passion can change the world for the better.”  

Jobs has followed his heart his entire life and that passion, he says, has made all the difference.  It’s very difficult to come up with new, creative, and novel ideas unless you are passionate about moving society forward.

Though Steve Jobs has passed away, his legacy will be with us forever. Steve Jobs has successfully inspired us. One of my favorite quotations from Steve Jobs interview is :

“When you grow up you, tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world, try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money.
That’s a very limited life.
Life can be much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.
Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”

Stay hungry, stay foolish!

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