Tuesday, February 12

The Steve Jobs Way of Being Successful

Steve Jobs is a household name by virtue of Apple Inc. The innovative technology this company presents to consumers worldwide, earned him a spot in history as one of the Greats. He was able to attain an incredible level of success before his untimely demise. Anyone interested in procuring success would do well to take note of some of the basic principles that propelled him to the top.

Work hard
Some might think that this goes without saying. However, working hard involves lots of sacrifice and a willingness to keep going when everyone else gives up or decides to take breaks. Steve Jobs felt that “you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make [things] simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”

Be innovative
Introducing new things to people is often met with opposition. Change is one of those things that either has to happen when no one is paying attention or it has to fulfill a need others didn’t know they had. Taking the initiative to present ideas that are out of the box is far more effective than asking permission to do something different. According to Steve, “you can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.”

Be an inspiration to others
By helping others, you in turn help yourself. Steve Jobs had the infectious type of personality that constantly moved others to tap into their greatest potential. Friend and former colleague, Randy Adams, stated that Jobs, “was like electricity - he was giving off this incredible force. It was inspirational. He lifted you. I used to believe when I was with Steve, you could do anything. You could change the world. When he died, a little bit of that feeling left me. There’s no one like him.”

To be successful at anything requires determination. Remembering that some goals take longer than others allows you to keep things in perspective versus feeling as if things are taking too long and they are never going to materialize. Setbacks might enter the picture and discourage us but it helps to look at those who have succeeded. Jobs created Apple and then was fired from his own company. This didn’t stop him from moving forward with his goals. He went on to start Pixar Animation Studios and Apple eventually ended up asking him to come back on board. His perseverance paid off.

The journey to achievement will have plenty of distractions so it is important to stay focused on the end goal. This was also something Steve Jobs believed in. There isn’t one specific recipe to fulfilling everyone's dream. However, by observing the habits and practices of those who are where we desire to be, we will remain on the right track to being successful.

[originally posted on www.femmelagloire.com © 2012 Syn Delano]


  1. Simple ideas to obtain success but sometimes the simplest ideas make the most sense. That era of early PC development spawned a plethora of amazingly dedicated, innovative people.

  2. Mona - I think some us can make the simplest things, complex. I have been reminding myself of the above lately and it has been working.


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