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17 life lessons from Steve Jobs


Obviously not everyone can be Steve Jobs, but it is probably possible to take inspiration from your life, your failures, and your advice to become a better person and a better entrepreneur.

Steve Jobs is necessarily one of the most respected and most successful modern-day entrepreneurs. After all, it was the man who brought poetry to the machine!

Obviously not everyone can be Steve Jobs, but it is probably possible to take inspiration from your life, your failures, and your advice to become a better person and a better entrepreneur.

Here are 21 life tips inspired by the founder of Apple.

1. Anticipate trends

In 2007 Steve Jobs said, “  There is an old quote from Wayne Gretzky that I love. “I’m skating to where the puck is going to be, not where it was. And we’ve always tried to do it at Apple. From the very beginning. “

Thanks to its ability to anticipate the future and the needs of its users, Apple has become a leader in markets now in full swing like online music.

2. Accentuate the positive

You may not have known it, but Steve Jobs started life on the wrong foot. For good reason, he was abandoned at birth.

Do you find this past di ffi cult? This is not the case of the founder of Apple who, on the contrary, has always been grateful to his loving adoptive parents – who lived in Palo Alto in California (which would later become Silicon Valley).

3. Learn from others

When he was in high school, Jobs attended conferences at a small IT company called Hewlett-Packard. He also worked for HP and Atari before he was 21.

Each professional experience was an opportunity to learn from others. For Steve Jobs, it was obvious that he wanted to do it differently with Apple.

4. Start early

To store a maximum of information quickly and effiectively, you have to take advantage of a new and fresh brain. This is why he introduced Apple to his twenties: when he was full of energy, fresh ideas and not yet restricted by his family or his career.

Young Steve Jobs

However, it must be recognized that this choice earned him some surprises, especially with the mother of his first daughter, Lisa…

5. Higher education is important…

Graduate studies are challenging and lead us to the idea of ​​solving problems.

Steve Jobs also indicated that part of the development of the Macintosh reverted to his education: ”  If I had never attended this course at university, the Mac would never have had multiple fonts or fonts to proportional spacing.  “

6.… But not essential

Studies are often expensive and Reed University was no exception. Not wishing to exhaust his parents’ savings, Steve Jobs, therefore, decided to abandon his studies.

Certainly, at the time, many people around him were not in favor of this decision. Without this abandonment, he would have been at the start of his studies in 1975. However, Steve co-founded Apple Computer in 1976…

Apple Computer

7. The journey opens the mind

Another fact that perhaps you did not know in the life of Steve Jobs: the year before the founding of Apple, he went to India.

Just keep in mind that traveling allows you to broaden a person’s point of view and make him understand what is possible – good traits in an entrepreneur.

8. Surround yourself with good people

Steve Jobs was very talented, that’s for sure. But he was not a good technician. Apple would never have existed if it hadn’t surrounded itself with a hardware genius: Steve Wozniak.

Over the years, Jobs’ companies have been thriving in large part thanks to his choice of entourage, such as the creative director at Pixar John Lasseter (Toy Story).

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9. Preach the fake while waiting for your project to materialize

When Apple started, Steve recognized that Palo Alto, in California, was the epicenter of innovative computer technology. He wanted his company to be associated with this location – despite Apple still has its headquarters in a garage near Los Altos.

Jobs’ solution was therefore to create a post office box in Palo Alto and to hire a voice answering service. Thanks to this ploy, a potential customer would have the impression that Apple was a large company in the heart of Silicon Valley.

10. Obstacles are made to be crossed

Money remains the sinews of war in any business development. Jobs and Wozniak did not escape it because they too lacked money during the development of the first Apple computer.

Faced with these difficulties, Steve Jobs sold his van and Wozniak his graphing calculator. When there is a will, there is a way.

11. Take risks

Jobs was ready to cannibalize his company’s products in the name of progress. Many CEOs would have hesitated to develop the iPhone, knowing full well that it would help make the iPod obsolete – but Jobs did, anyway, taking a large share of the lucrative mobile market.

So don’t be afraid to take risks! Especially if they are intelligent.

12. Create your personal branding

Steve Jobs was one of the first to recognize the growing importance of personal brands in the Internet age. Its black turtleneck is as instantly recognizable as the Apple logo.

Black collar Steve Jobs

13. Have a bigger goal: a vision

Buddha said, ”  We are what we think. All that we are is born with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.  “

If Jobs made his vision a reality when he started to practice Buddhism in the 1970s, we are not going to advise you to initiate yourself in this practice. But try to see further…

14. Find the right partner

There is no greater decision than that of your partner. Choose carefully and wisely (as Steve said), and you will have a partner who will accompany you in all challenges.

15. Fail

Everyone fails. It is how you react to these failures that make all the difference. In 1984 Steve Jobs was fired from Apple.

In his opening speech in 2005 at Stanford, he had this to say: ”  I didn’t see him at the time, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could happen to me. The heaviness of success has been replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure of everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.  

16. Remember that you will soon be dead …

“  Remembering that I will be dead soon is the most important tool I have ever come across to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all outside expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things fall right to death, leaving only what is really important.  “

Our time on this earth is short. Let’s make it count.

17. Take a bite out of the universe

Jobs has already said, ”  We are here to bite the Universe. Why else even be here?  “

Having a higher goal doesn’t just help you succeed. This redefines the meaning of the word.

Ready to redefine success?

The only way to do a good job is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t compromise. As with everything about the heart, you will know when you have found it. And, as in any good relationship, things keep getting better. So keep searching until you find it. Don’t compromise. Steve Jobs.

Shivam Singh
Founder of the TechGrits, has always looked at technology as a piece of knots. From an early age connected to the technological world, this is literally your dream job.

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