Golden Rules of Steve Jobs #2
from Abhiyan Club School of Mgt 8/11 enhanced by Peter/CXO Wiz4biz 8/13
3. 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. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” I’ve got it down to four words: “Do what you love.” Seek out an occupation that gives you a sense of meaning, direction & satisfaction in life. Having a sense of purpose + striving towards goals gives life meaning, direction & satisfaction. It not only contributes to your health & longevity, but also makes you feel better in difficult times. Do you jump out of bed on Monday mornings and look forward to the work week? If the answer is ‘no’ keep looking, you’ll know when you find it.
4. Giving Back. “You know, we don’t grow most of the food we eat. We wear clothes other people make. We speak a language that other people developed. We use a mathematics that other people evolved. We’re constantly “taking” everything that’s available for granted. It’s a wonderful, ecstatic feeling to create something that gives back to the pool of human experience & knowledge.” Live in a way that is ethically responsible. Try to make a difference in this world and contribute to the higher good. You’ll find it gives more meaning to your life and it’s a great antidote to boredom. There is always so much to be done. Share with others about what you are doing. Don’t preach or be self-righteous, or fanatical about it, that just puts people off, but at the same time, don’t be shy about setting an example. Use opportunities that arise to let others know what you are doing.
5. “It’s wonderful to have a Beginner’s Mind.” It is the kind of mind that can see things as they could be, which step by step & in a flash, can realize the possibilities of things. Beginner’s mind is self enlightenment in action. It is the mind that is innocent of pre-conceptions & expectations, judgments & prejudices. Think of Beginner’s mind as the mind that faces life like a small child, full of curiosity, wonder & amazement.
6. a) “You watch TV to turn your brain off; b) you work on your Dream to turn your brain on.”Reams of academic studies over the decades have amply confirmed TV’s harmful mental & moral influences. Most TV watchers know that their habit is mind-numbing & wasteful, but still spend most of their time in front of that “idiot box”. So turn your TV off and exercise some of your brain cells. You just might come up with a brilliant idea.
7. “I’m the only person I know that’s Lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year”.
“It’s very character-building.” Don’t equate making mistakes with being a mistake. There is no such thing as a successful person who has not failed or made mistakes. There are successful people who made mistakes and changed their lives or performance in response to the mistakes, and so got it right the next time. They viewed mistakes as warnings, rather than signs of hopeless inadequacy. Never making a mistake means never living life to the fullest.
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