Steve Jobs, is he the greatest?
Steve Jobs, the father of Apple, was known for being obsessed with quality, focus and vision. He is no longer among us today, but what he built many years ago is doing great. We can as well say Jobs isn’t dead. He only transitioned. He foresaw what we will need today ahead and gave it to us. Forever lives Steve Jobs!
So many things amaze me about Steve Jobs. But his speeches touch me in a very way. He was so apt, always coming up the seemingly perfect expressions for the value-driven experience Apple products created for her consumers.
What about this? “A thousand songs in your pocket”
There were so many fantastic features that came with the first iPad which he could have hammered on, at the launch of the ground-breaking music player. However, he chose to tantalize his expectant audience with how iPad was meant to make music enjoyable like never before. And, did people buy it?
The number of iPads sold within the first month of launch will answer that question.
Why am I story-telling you about Steve Jobs? I am aware whoever uses smartphone but doesn’t know Steve Jobs might have bought from the moon. Some quotes are worth engraving close your bed as a startup owner.
Even, as a smart employee who hopes to start a business someday, some quotes of his will serve you just right as appetizer any day any time.
In light of this, let’s run off 10 quotable saying of father of Apple that can transform your business for good. Unless you have built a business bigger in size, more profitable in revenue and deeper in terms of impact made on consumers, you may have nothing to learn from these quotes.
These quotes are worth taking some time to swallow, digest and meditate upon. I bet you would love them.
“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful … that’s what matters to me.”
Why do you want to take all those wonderful insights, ideas, vision and aspirations of yours to the grave?
The dead don’t need them. Steve Jobs urges you live your life to the fullest. Stop merely thinking big, start acting big.
Do something. Take a step today. Live your dream.
“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’ve found it.”
If you still find yourself doing job just to pay bills, you are not alone. Many other employees wear your shoes. Are you surprised that 1% own as much 99% of us? Only few people have the courage, grit and confidence to step into the blues in search for what they love to do.
You could make a difference in your life and entire generation by doing what you love.
Do what you love, better still love what you do. Keeping moving, until you reach this state of the mind. Don’t settle!
“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”
What do people have to say about your business, product or service? Do you set standards or just manage to get along? It is easy to just belong, do just what is good enough for acceptance. Some past heroes founded email, the Internet and other innovations we all use today.
Why do we keep eulogizing very few of the till date? The greatest among the greats led/lead the life of quality. It is hard to separate what they invented from whom they were/are.
It is a choice, really. You can choose to be a standard, a benchmark for success in your job role, industry, market, business or anything other thing you do in life.
“I want to put a ding in the universe.” Steve Jobs wanted to make impact on the world, did he? What about you? Are you in business to make as much money as you can make? Do you want to be a person of success or significance?
What do you want to be remembered for? That you made much money that won’t be buried with you or that you inspired, touched or transformed others’ lives for good?
“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.”
Most of people who commit suicide are people-pleasers, those who can’t just close their eyes and say NO.
The easier it is for you to say NO to what you are currently not focusing on, the easier your life becomes and the more confidence you have in yourself.
Saying YES to everybody on everything doesn’t make you the nicest guy. It makes you directionless. You are like matter that has weight and occupies space, you go up and down, right and left, in and out, just to trying to make people feel good about you.
Carefully pick what you want. Make your choices, live them through.
“I’m the only person I know who’s lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year…it’s very character building.”
Loss is part of business. Of recent, Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote lost N50bn. He didn’t attempt suicide. Did he? The more you are scared of losing money in business, the more cautious you are, the less risk you take, the more opportunities you end up losing.
Never take risks blindly though. But trying not to lose at all is self-limitation.
If Steve Jobs, like other successful business gurus, have lost huge amount of money or asset in the past and they recovered, why won’t you succeed despite you lose some money?
Sometimes, we put in our best, try the hardest but still don’t get the result we expect. It happens. It has happened to many people in the past. They didn’t kick the bucket because of that.
“I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.”
Away from losing to winning, Steve Jobs never believed in getting stuck at all. When you achieve some success in what you do, be happy, celebrate yourself. And then, move on. Just move on,
It feels very terrible being a former champion. Father of Apple‘s advice on success in business and life, in general, is simple. Don’t be so comfortable with what you achieved that you don’t want to challenge yourself to do better.
You may still be years of others, that doesn’t stop you from aiming higher.
“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.”
How do you handle the weaknesses of those you work with? Do you condemn them and do nothing to help? Do you condone and help them maintain status quo?
Are you compassionate by complementing them with your strength?
When you find someone’s weakness, how your strength can make them stronger is what you should find. You have weaknesses too, don’t forget. How about somebody taking advantage of your weakness to make you look stupid?
“We made the buttons on the screen look so good you’ll want to lick them.”
Steve Jobs at it again! He doesn’t only create great products, but he also knows how to sell them. He knows very well how to hammer on the benefits of his offer. You may not know how best to sell your product. It is not a crime. Employ someone who can.
Great product is just a great product. That is what it is. What if your audience can’t see or can’t relate with what makes it a great product? People buy the experience which the value of your product give them.
This is it! Most times, quality and price are overrated. Show them how you make their lives better, you have your audience’s attention.
I think right now it’s a battle for the mindshare of developers and for the mindshare of customers, and right now iPhone and Android are winning that battle.
Do you know whose best interest your product serves? Imagine Blackberry losing the smartphone market to Samsung, Tecno, Motorolla and the rest because they run on Android OS. Steve Jobs had always identified developers as his best friends in the market. He did a lot to appeal to them.
Now, many developers have stopped making apps for Blackberry. Even, some existing apps on Blackberry are moving on to Android OS completely.
Whatsapp has been warning on my Blackberry phone for a while now that it won’t work again from December this year. Know you really matter to your business. Your business is to make such target your friend.
There is so much to learn from Steve Jobs as a startup. Don’t forget his obsession for quality, focus and vision. Reiterate these great qualities to yourself on a daily basis.
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