Every time we use a cursor instead of a line of code on the computer or when we use our smartphones and tablets, we should thank Steve Jobs. Also, if we want to refer to success and technology together, he is one of the best references we can find.
He is known as the inventor of technology and the advancement of those innovations. He stood out in the workplace but also, he could have one of the most stable marriages because he was married with Laurene Powell from 1991 until the day he passed away. Steve got intellectual recognition and admiration from millions of people around the world.
What are the points that we must take into account if we want to be successful?
At some point in our lives we have asked ourselves what we have to do to achieve success and now, what better way than to follow the advices that Steve Jobs has left us. In an interview with the Silicon Valley Historical Association in 1994, he revealed that the key to success is asking for help.
Steve talked about how he had to approach Bill Hewlett of Hewlett-Packard to ask for parts to build a frequency counter. At this time Jobs was 12 years old, and Hewlett not only gave him what he needed, he also offered him a summer job. He clarifies that things are so easy to ask, but it costs us so much because we don’t assume that there are many things that we can’t or don’t know how to do and we should allow ourselves to be instructed by more experienced people.
We acquire their wisdom. Let’s learn from their mistakes. Let us incorporate their advices without fear of being treated as less expert. Because we are, and that only means that we still have a lot to learn, and that from now until tomorrow we can only improve.
Focus only on the positive
Achieving success through a positive attitude can be difficult for some people to understand, especially if they seek an explanation based on logic and science. However, when we think about it deeply we can understand that developing a positive mental attitude can make things happen. In addition, positive thinking is contagious and the people around us can be infected by good vibrations and their moods could be changed.
Steve Jobs always remained focused on the positive and all that positivism was reflected in the technological world that surrounded him. This was what helped him to achieve all of his goals without fear of failure.
Travel around the world
Traveling to places we have never experienced helps us to open our minds to new possibilities. This will allow us to have creative inspiration to create innovative solutions. And the world needs more ways of thinking that don’t adhere to traditional standards in order to continue evolving.
Before founding Apple, Jobs took a trip to India. This allowed him to broaden the perspectives he had, in addition, he mentioned that traveling doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or take a long time, with a weekend it would be enough to experience new things and expand our horizons.
View obstacles as opportunities
An obstacle is something that takes away the possibility of achieving a goal. On many occasions this obstacle paralyzes us, makes us feel frustrated and that we don’t want to continue with our plans. However, this will depend on our personality, life experiences, tolerance for frustration and creativity because we can take advantage of it to take it as an impulse towards our goals.
When Jobs and Wozniak were developing Apple’s first computer, they ran out of money. What many people would have done would be to leave the project there due to lack of resources, but that wasn’t the case for them. Jobs sold his truck and Wozniak his graphing calculator, leaving us all the great lesson that if there is a will, there is a way.
Surround yourself with wonderful people
When we choose friends, love partner or co-workers, we must have the idea of surrounding ourselves with the right people, so they can bring us positive things and the necessary support to got personal or collective objectives, something that everyone needs in their lifes if their greatest desire is to progress.
Apart from Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs also worked with Tim Cook, Johnny Ive, and John Lasseter. Three people with great strength, wanting to get ahead and not give up like him. Thanks to the good work group that surrounded him, he was able to achieve success not only from Apple, also from Pixar.
Remember that we will die soon
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of other people’s opinion drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to do what your heart and intuition tell you” and “Remembering that I will die soon is the tool that helps me to make big decisions in my life. Because practically all things, all external expectations, all pride, all fear of failure or shame disappear when we face the death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” Jobs phrases that leave us a great life lesson.
Anticipate the future
We always keep in mind that the future is a time that hasn’t arrived yet, but that it is expected to happen at some point. For this reason, it is important to think about the future, to imagine the things that we would like to achieve and find a way to got them. It is not only about dreaming with the future, it is also about planning it as we want it to be because if we don’t do it, we won’t be able to grow as people and we will remain stuck in the past.
Apple has always found a way to anticipate future trends. They were in the top sales of digital music and iPhone continues revolutionizing the telephony industry. The ability to anticipate the future is very important if we want to achieve goals and be successful.
If you’re wrong, don’t stop
How many times we have heard the phrase: “It is human to make mistakes.” Failure is only negative when we don’t know how to turn the page and continue, but it is very positive when we take it to learn from mistakes and avoid some in the future.
In 1984, Steve Jobs was fired from Apple for a failure with a large number of sales. In 2005 in the Stanford graduation speech, he commented something about it: “I didn’t see it then, but being fired from Apple was the best thing that could happen to me, it freed me to enter to one of the most creative periods of my life” . When Jobs returned to the leadership of the company, he managed to innovate with the iPod and iPad, making Apple one of the most successful companies of all time.
Find the right partner
In most of the cases, unaccompanied people don’t have all the requirements for business success. In addition, they don’t usually have enough financial resources to hire professionals to do the work that they are not able to do by themselfs. Finding the ideal partner is one of the fundamental aspects for a business project to be effective.
Steve Jobs didn’t start Apple alone. Steve Wozniak was his great partner and complemented his job skills in an excellent way.
If what we seek is to have permanent success in our business or in our personal life, we must decide to abandon everything that represents comfort and tranquility because we won’t find anything that helps us move forward. On the other hand, if we are constantly at risk, we will increase the possibility of being ahead of others.
Learn from others
When Jobs was in high school, he attended to various conferences at a computer technology company called Hewlett-Packard. Before he turned 21, Steve had worked for various technology companies and after observing everything they did, he decided that he wanted to do it too, but in a different way with Apple.