Apple and iPhone innovator Steve Jobs left this world five years ago, but did he really? His words and his example still inspires a world hungry for everything that Jobs stood for. Steve’s bodily absence is compensated in the legacy of thoughts and ideas he left this world.
Steve Jobs, the father of Apple, iPhone, and iOS, was a versatile man, forever caught in the balance of enlightenment and ambition. Caught in a decision between joy and effort, he forged a way to have both. He leaves a legacy of ideas for those willing to read, listen, and learn from his example.
Apple, iPhone, and iOS almost never happened. It is a little-known fact that Steve Jobs almost chose enlightenment over ambition. Read more in this Inquisitr story. If that had happened, iPhone would be nothing except perhaps an occasional typo.
Steve Jobs almost decided to devote his life to spiritual questing in India. He was ready to join an Ashram, but in the end, ambition won out over enlightenment, or did it? Steve Jobs, in fact, learned to use his spiritual nature and his ambition to gift the world with a new means of innovation.
Steve Jobs created iPhone, built Apple as a brilliant company, and developed iOS as a platform of infinite creative possibilities. These are the things Jobs did, but why and how are important questions to ask.
Steve Jobs believed in what he was doing. Jobs believed in a formula based on feeling passion, changing the world, and breaking all the rules. How else can one individual make a mark on the world?
1. Steve Jobs Endorsed Passion Above All, As The Deciding Factor Of Success
For Steve Jobs, Apple was all about Passion. Passion is the first principle of success, according to Jobs. Everything else depends on having a Jobs-level passion. Successful people do what they love, and then it is easier to continue loving what they do. Entrepreneur quoted Jobs as follows.
“People with passion can change the world for the better.”
Steve Jobs was quoted in DIY Genius, revealing the secrets behind Apple’s success.
“People say you have to have a lot of passion for what you’re doing and it’s totally true. And the reason is because it’s so hard that if you don’t, any rational person would give up. It’s really hard. And you have to do it over a sustained period of time.”
Steve Jobs felt there were two kinds of workers in this world who create two different types of work for themselves. There are those who work out of need, responsibility, and obligation, and no matter what those people do it is drudgery. Then there are those who work out of a passion for making everything better with their efforts. Those people excel while the others fail or barely hang on.
“So if you don’t love it, if you’re not having fun doing it, you don’t really love it, you’re going to give up. And that’s what happens to most people, actually. If you really look at the ones that ended up, you know, being ‘successful’ in the eyes of society and the ones that didn’t, oftentimes, it’s the ones who were successful loved what they did so they could persevere when it got really tough.”
Steve Jobs felt so strongly about this that he suggested prospective entrepreneurs without passion take a menial ordinary job to gain experience until passion struck them with a calling in life, one that would fuel their real ambitions. Without true passion and only a sense of duty and drudgery, entrepreneurship will always fail, and so will any but the most menial and rudimentary of jobs.
According to Apple founder Steve Jobs, people just have the wrong idea about working. They think they are supposed to hate it, to get tired of it and take time off, without even giving it a thought during the time they are away. They are supposed to compartmentalize their job definition and keep it separate from their real life. That’s not how it works for successful people. It takes passion.
“A good answer to the question ‘What time do you leave work?’ is to say, ‘Never, since my work is my passion.’ But it takes a genius to continue by saying, ‘And by the way, my passion is design.'”
Finally, the Apple guru advises to always follow your heart, according to Clickhole.
“Whatever you do, you must never let the voice in your head control the brain in your heart.”
2. Steve Jobs On Changing The World
Steve Jobs, the father of Apple and creator of the iPhone, once told John Sculley, then president of Pepsi Cola Company, that he needed a bigger vision for change, according to Entrepreneur.
“Do you want to spend your life selling sugar water or do you want to change the world?”
Apple had one purpose in Steve Jobs’ mind. To change the world. He wanted to make life better for everyone. He was an innovator who always wanted a brighter future and what was best for the world. So how can just anyone make a difference?
Steve Jobs would tell people to dream bigger, and get the message of your dream out there so people can understand it. They want to know what the Apple iPhone, for example, can do for them. They don’t usually care about all the technical stuff the company did. They want to know what the product, service, or idea does for them.
Therefore, Steve Jobs believed in designing in a way that improved lives. From the beginning of the creative process to the end of the sale and beyond to customer service, it has to be about what people need. Good ideas are about benefiting others, not just making money.
Of course, Steve Jobs cared about money. Sure he had to eat, just like everyone else. He provided rather well for himself by anyone’s definition, but he knew when he went into business that the customers don’t buy because of the CEO’s needs or the employee’s needs.
Apple customers buy iPhones, iPads, and etc. because the products being offered meet their needs. Therefore, the customers need comes first, and in the end, it is all about making the world better for those customers. It is really all about a universal spiritual principle of putting others first, but that principle works very well in business.
3. Steve Jobs On Breaking The Rules
Apple founder Steve Jobs seemed to be born hating the status quo, and loving the troublemakers. Jobs was quoted from an iconic Apple commercial seen in the video above.
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing, you can’t do is ignore them.”
Then Steve Jobs went on to explain why. This bit of advertising explains another secret of success.
“Because they change things. They push the human race forward. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
Apple founder Steve Jobs encouraged crime, not the type that breaks laws or hurts people, but he definitely thought the world was full of rules to be broken.
“Be a criminal. Commit crimes. I’m not talking about crimes against the law. Those aren’t the important ones. You can commit a crime against boredom. Or a crime against ignorance. Commit crimes against bad ideas, and against the people who have them. Then go commit crimes for innovation and for design. Above all, realize that the product itself isn’t the product. The crime is the product.”
Steve Jobs was pointing out there are many ways to do things, and those blind enough to believe that only one way is the right way are the real menace to society. Innovation dictates there is always a better way, but sometimes that means breaking rules and traditions that keep all mankind in a rut.
4. Steve Jobs On Being Prepared To Fail And Fail Big
Apple founder Steve Jobs recognized that fear of failure is paralyzing. It keeps people from doing anything, right or wrong. People cannot be so afraid to make mistakes they fail because they don’t act. Refusal to take action is a guarantee of failure.
“Most people never pick up the phone and call, most people never ask, that’s what separates the people that do things from the people who just dream about them. You’ve got to act. You’ve got to be willing to fail. You’ve got to be willing to crash and burn.”
The willingness to move forward, even if an attempt fails, is part of business. Of course, there are times when one can’t afford to fail, that is where “no” comes in. For all his positivity, Steve Jobs believed in the power of saying no to bad ideas, but he also believed in saying yes to the right idea at the right time. Making a strong move, without hesitation, is part of the path to success.
5. Steve Jobs On Design
The most important word in the world to Steve Jobs was design, but he never, ever meant appearance. To Jobs, everything was part of design. One idea would flow into another based on a tremendous base of everyday experiences that were all material for design.
“Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like. People think it’s this veneer — that the designers are handed this box and told, ‘Make it look good!’ That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
Apple was always largely about design. iPhones are not all that different on the outside, and one might think, what design, but the design of what it does is simply amazing. The form gives way to function as design.
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While Steve Jobs doesn’t tell CEOs and entrepreneurs how to run their businesses, he does offer some very strong guidelines for gaining that Apple success, and most of those are things anyone can do in their personal lives as well. Imagine having passion, and a desire to change the world in any or even every aspect of life. Saying no to bad ideas and a never say die to good ones could take anyone far in life.
Apple founder Steve Jobs gave the world iPhones, iOS, and a lot of inspiration for greatness.
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