“Your time is limited, so dont waste it livingsomeone elses life.”
From the day he was born on February 24, 1955, Steven Paul Jobs has been blazing his own path. As theCEO of Apple Computer and CEO and Chairman of Pixar, Jobs is today recognized as one of the top leadersand visionaries of both the computer and entertainment industries and is worth an estimated $4.4 billion.Steve Jobs, the mastermind behind Apples iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac and iTunes, has died on October 5,2011, when he was 56 years old.
Lesson #1: Connect The Dots Jobs believes that everything happens for a reason and although that reason may be hard to see at the time, sometimes you need to just sit back and have faith that things will work out in the end. Trusting your own decisions is often one of the most difﬁcult but necessary and rewarding experiences.
“You have to trustthat the dots willsomehow connect inyour 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.”
“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting ﬁred from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.”
“It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.” Jobs went on tocreate NeXT and Pixar andeventually returned to Applewhen it purchased NeXT.
“It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it.Sometimes life hits you in the headwith a brick. Don’t lose faith.”
Lesson #2: Don’t Settle Jobs knows how lucky he is to have discovered his passion in life at an early age. Jobs considers the passionhe has for his work one of the most important factors behind his immense success. Jobs is now living hisdream life. He continues to work on a daily basis, to experiment and to innovate. He admits that the onlything that keeps him coming to work every day is his passion.
“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.”
“It gave a tremendous level of self- conﬁdence, that through exploration and learning one could understand seemingly very complex things in one’s environment.”
“The feelings and the passion that people put into it were completely indistinguishable from a poet or a painter… People put a lot of love into these products.”
“I was worth about over a million dollars when I was twenty-three and over ten milliondollars when I was twenty-four, and over a hundred million dollars when I was twenty-ﬁve and it wasnt that important because I never did it for the money. Beingthe richest man in the cemetery doesnt matter to me. Going to bed at night saying weve done something wonderful, thats what matters to me.”
Lesson #3: Seize The Day It has been Jobs’ willingness to seize new opportunities and take the road less traveled that has allowed him to rise above his competitors. This has helped Jobs not only become one of the most successful entrepreneurs of the 20th century, but has also let him live his dream life. He is both a workaholic and a devoted family man and never loses any opportunity to improve upon both.
“Whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something,”
“If you live each day as if it wasyour last, someday youll mostcertainly be right.”
“Dont be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other peoples thinking. Dont let the noise of others opinions drown out your own inner voice. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”
Jobs learned the importance of making the most of his time when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2004. “My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die.”
When Jobs spoke at the summerconvocation of Stanford University in2005, “Remembering that Ill be deadsoon is the most important tool Ive everencountered to help me make the bigchoices in life, because almosteverything – all external expectations, allpride, all fear of embarrassment orfailure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”
“Remembering that youare going to die is thebest way I know toavoid the trap ofthinking you havesomething to lose. Youare already naked.There is no reason notto follow your heart.”
Lesson #4: Stay Ahead Of The Pack Steve has proven that he is a leader and not a follower. From the Macintosh, which introduced the ﬁrstgraphical user interface that has since become standard, to the iPod, Jobs has demonstrated that he has thevisionary ideas to keep him ahead of his competition. He has been willing to take risks and go in directionsthat others have not realized are available until too late.
“Innovation is the distinction between a leader and a follower.”
“When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. Its not about money. Its about the people you have, how youre led, and how much you get it."
“To turn really interesting ideas and ﬂedgling technologies into a company that can continue to innovate for years, it requires a lot of disciplines.”
“The system is that there is no system, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have process.”Process, according to Jobs, makes for greater efﬁciency. But, in order to encourageexperimentation and innovation, Jobs tries to create an environment that nurtures a free-ﬂow of ideas.
“It comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much. We’re always thinking about new markets we could enter, but it’s only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.”
Lesson #5: Think In Broad Terms From his marketing campaigns to his leadership style to his partnerships, Jobs has continually demonstrated his superior knack for the business world. Jobs was a born leader with a vision that would not be overshadowed. From product to promotion, Jobs understood what it took to be successful in the business world – creativity and an understanding of the bigger picture.
“The broader one’s understanding of thehuman experience, the better designs we will have.”
“A lot of people in our industryhaven’t had very diverseexperiences. They don’t haveenough dots to connect, andthey end up with very linearsolutions, without a broad perspective on theproblem.”
“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.”
"We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steves brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts." - Apples board of directors. 5/10/2011
R.I.P. The Great Man! - Sompong Yusoontorn “I think we’re having fun. I think our customers really like our products. And we’re always trying to do better.” Steve Jobs 1955-2011