Wise, thought provoking and insightful: mantras to running a successful enterprise.
By Pavitra Sampath
Steve Jobs, the late co-founder of Apple, is known for his passion for innovation, creativity and business acumen. But what really makes him unique are his candid thoughts on his approach to life and work. Here are ninethought-provoking and inspiringquotes from the great man himself.
#1 “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”
We often obsess over our mistakes and over time they seem so big that we often can’t see around them. Yes, it’s important to acknowledge our mistakes, but as Jobs pointed out it’s equally important to learn and move on from them. Successful people often live by the mantrathat mistakes are common, and learning from them is the best kind of lesson—which if learnt quickly can be the difference between winning and losing.
#2 “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.”
And this is the flip side to making mistakes and dwelling on them. You shouldn’t be resting on your laurels either. Sure, celebrate your success, but a good way to keep that winning streak is by looking for what you can do next while the going is good. Growth and achievements tend to be few and far between, so harness that positivity while you can.
#3 “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied 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. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
Here it’s almost like Jobs was talking about finding a person to love. And he was right. We spend a large part of our day working, and if we aren’t doing something we enjoy then what’s the point? Find your passion, go after it, hone your skills and get better at it. Life’s too short for you to do otherwise.
#4 “I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”
Leaders, successful entrepreneurs and people who you see at the top didn’t get there overnight. They pushed towards their goal despite all the insurmountable obstacles and carved out a path for themselves. Perseverance and a never-give-up attitude are powerful tools in your arsenal. After all, coal only turns to diamonds under a lot of pressure.
#5 “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
Jobs was acutely aware of the shortness of his life and that liberated him to unleash his creativity and not give in to the traps of others’ expectations and fear of failure. It is rightly said that anopponent who believes he/she has nothing to lose can be the most formidable. The choices we make define our lives. So, it’s important to choose wisely
#6 “Getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again.”
Sometimes things that appear devastating can actually be blessings in disguise. Bad situations and people are always around the corner, but how you chose to deal with them will determine how you get through that phase and the rest of your life. You might not see it then, Jobs didn’t, but have faith in yourself and focus on the positive.
#7 “Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, and you can build your own things that other people can use.”
Stop thinking you aren’t smart enough, good enough, intelligent enough to be the change that you want to see. Believe in yourself and the rest will follow. Determination, gumption and faith can more than make up for the things you believe are ‘lacking’.
#8 “I don’t view wealth as something that validates my intelligence.”
At 25, Steve Jobs’ net worth was around $100 million. But rather than resting on those laurels he chose to make them a springboard for future successes, and didn’t let the money define or dictate who he was.And even if you’re not as rich as he was, the point is to not let money, however little or significant, become the barometer but which you measure yourself and success.
#9 “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”
Remember that bit Jobs said about realising you’re going to die and having nothing to lose? This one is tied in to that. If you have nothing to lose then you have no reason not to follow your heart. Those who are passionate about what they do are often lead more successful, happy and exciting lives.This mantra certainly helped Jobs lead a fuller one.
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