7 Quotes from Steve Jobs to help your Success
How well you do, is based on what you think. So borrow a few thoughts from Steve Jobs to help you succeed.
Topics: My model for biz -The Beatles, Ideas w/out action are only dreams, Mis-takes of Innovation, your Work is your Life, Perseverence, It’s not about $$.
He came, he saw an outstanding opportunity, he helped create the PC Market. He left behind some inspirations words to live by to help your success:
1. “My model for business is The Beatles”. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other, and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: Great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people”
– Some of your employees drive you nuts. – Some of your customers are obnoxious. – Some of your friends are selfish, all-about-me jerks.
No excuses; stop whining. You chose them. If the people around you make you unhappy, it’s not their fault. It’s your fault. They’re in your professional or personal life because you attracted them to you — and you let them remain.
Think about the type of people you want to work with. Think about the types of customers you would enjoy serving. Think about the friends you want to have. Then change what you do, so you can start attracting those people. Hard-working people want to work with hard-working people. Kind people like to associate with kind people. Exceptional employees want to work for exceptional bosses. Be the best you can be, and work to surround yourself with people who are even better and the success you want.
2. “Ideas without action are only dreams”. Unless you act on your idea, you’ll never know if it will lead to success. Every day, most people let lack of confidence & indecision stop them from acting on an idea. Fear of the unknown and fear of failure are often what can stop you from success.
Think about a few of the ideas you’ve had, whether for a new business, a new product, or even new relationship. In retrospect, how many of your ideas could have turned out well, especially if you had given it your absolute best? Would a decent percentage have turned out well? Be a success. My guess is, probably so — so start trusting your analysis, judgment, & even your instincts a little more. You certainly won’t get it right all the time, but if you do nothing and allow your ideas to become regrets, you will always be dis-appointed & un-fulfilled.
3. “When you innovate, sometimes you make mistakes”. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations. Ask most people why they failed and they sometime may come up with excuses:
– Development took longer than expected.
– Economy was down.
– the Market wasn’t ready. \
– we couldn’t keep up with demand.
They’ll often say it was someone or something else fault. And by distancing themselves from the reality, they don’t learn from their failures.
External Factors. Occasionally, something completely outside your control will cause you to fail. Most of the time, though, it’s U. And that’s okay. Every successful person has failed, numerous times. Most of them have failed a lot more often than we have. That’s why they’re successful now.
Embrace every failure. Own it, learn from it, & take full responsibility for making sure that next time, things will turn out differently.
4. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life”, and the only way to be truly satisfied & a true success is, to do what you believe is “great” work. And 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 for less. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
Don’t know what you’re passionate about? No problem. Pick something interesting. Pick something financially viable, something people will pay you to do or provide. Then work hard. Improve your skills, whether at managing, selling, creating, implementing or whatever expertise your business requires. The satisfaction & fulfillment of small victories will give you the motivation to keep working hard. Small victories will motivate you to further develop your skills.
The Satisfaction of achieving your level of success will spur you on to gain the skills to reach the next level, and the next, and the next. Then one day, you will wake up feeling incredibly fulfilled, a success, because you’re doing great work, that you’ve grown to love.
5. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure Perseverance.” Most say they go the extra mile. Almost no one actually does. Most people who do go there think, “Wait. No one else is doing it. Why am I doing this?” And they quit, never to try again. That’s why the extra mile is such a lonely place. That’s also why the extra mile is the place filled with opportunities.
Start early. Stay late. Make the extra phone call. Send the extra email. Do the extra research. Help a customer unload or unpack a shipment. Don’t wait to be asked — offer. Don’t just tell employees what to do — show them what to do, then watch them do it — to make sure they are doing it right.
Extra, Extra. Every time you do something, think of one extra thing you can do, especially if other people aren’t doing that extra thing. Sure, it’s hard. But that’s what will make you different. And over time, that’s what will make you a success.
6. “I didn’t return to Apple to make a fortune”. I already have one. When I was 25, my net worth was $100 million or so. I decided then, that I wasn’t going to let $$$ ruin my life. There’s no way you could ever spend it all, and I don’t view wealth as something that validates my success.
Money is important and Money does a lot of things for you. One of the most important is gives you more choices. But after a certain point, money doesn’t make you happier. After about $100K a year, money doesn’t buy more happiness. Beyond that, higher income is neither the road to experience happiness & success or the road to relief of unhappiness or stress, but Chasing Possessions tends to make you less happy. Think of it as the bigger house syndrome. You want a bigger house. So you buy it. Life is good, until a couple months later, when your bigger house is now just your house. New always becomes the new normal. That’s because “things” only provide momentary bursts of happiness. To be happier, don’t chase as many things.
Chase Experiences. Someday you won’t remember what you had, but you’ll never forget all the challenges you over-came to become a success.
7. “My favorite things in life don’t cost any money”. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. Deadlines & time frames establish parameters, but usually not in a good way. Most people given two weeks to complete a task will instinctively adjust their effort so it actually takes two weeks — even if it shouldn’t. Do everything as quickly and effectively as you can. Then, use your “free” time to get other things done just as quickly & effectively – not perfect – but good enough to meet your goals. Average people allow time to impose its will on them; exceptional people impose their will on their time.
Comments: Are there any Steve Jobs quotes that you are really inspired with?
from INC Zine 13 Sept 16 enhanced by Peter/CXO Wiz4biz