11 Life Lessons I Learned From Steve Jobs
BY FC EXPERT BLOGGER JOSH LINKNERMon Aug 29, 2011
Whether you’re building a tech startup, raising three kids, or running a soup kitchen, Steve Jobs’s indelible philosophies serve as a roadmap to success.
He’s been called the modern day Thomas Edison, the Beethoven of business, and the most prolific visionary since Henry Ford. Yet as Steve Jobs steps down from the helm of Apple, he has left us with so much more than incredible technology.
Jobs completely transformed the industries of personal computing, digital animation (Pixar), music, mobile phones, and now tablets. He created the most valuable company in the world and impacted the way billions of people live their daily lives. But beyond his accomplishments, he’s taught us lessons in leadership and life. The characteristics he embodied can serve as a roadmap for us all to become better not only in business, but in our communities, families, and personal achievements.
For all us kids from 1 to 92, Jobs’s guiding principles can help us live our best life and make the biggest difference:
1) Put Passion First He followed his heart and let the operational details fall into place. He refused to put a governor on his burning desire to reach new heights.
2) Never Limit Your Imagination He always imagined the ideal solution or product and never cut corners or watered down his most potent ideas due to setbacks or fear.
3) Pursue Greatness Over Money Jobs didn’t chase the mighty dollar. Rather, he focused on making the biggest possible impact and the money followed.
4) Demand Excellence Critics complain of his exacting style and “unrealistic” demands. There’s a natural gravitational force of mediocrity, and sometimes it takes an aggressive stance to rise above the sea of sameness.
5) Put Yourself Out of Business Jobs was never satisfied, and constantly strove to be the force of disruptive change that would make the Steve Jobs of six months ago irrelevant. Never clinging to past successes, he maintained intense urgency around continuous reinvention.
6) Challenge Conventional Wisdom When there were norms, he lived to shatter them. Nearly every step of his success can be traced to inspired thinking that stuck his finger in the eye of the complacent incumbents.
7) Simplify ‘Nuff said.
8) Ignore the Naysayers If he listened to the “sound advice” of others, we’d never even know his name. He never let the fear of others interfere with his own trajectory.
9) Persist While today he sits victorious, there were many times he nearly lost it all. There were dark days at Apple, Pixar, and even in his personal life. Where others throw in the towel, Steve stared into the abyss and never accepted defeat.
10) Never Pigeonhole Steve wasn’t a “computer executive.” He was a visionary change agent and could not be constrained. He realized his calling was far beyond any categorical label.
11) Push Beyond What You Think is Possible When Steve heard “that can’t be done,” it only emboldened his resolve. He constantly drove himself and others to reach new heights.
Whether you’re building a tech startup, raising three kids, or running a soup kitchen, these indelible philosophies serve as a roadmap to success. While you may organize your thoughts on your MacBook, communicate with your team on your iPhone, and later relax with some tunes on your iPod, the impact of Steve Jobs is far greater than the devices he’s provided. Rather, he’s given us a model to reach our full potential.
Steve famously said he wanted to “put a ding in the universe.” You have done that, my friend, and so much more. The impact you’ve made is immeasurable, and has inspired a generation to “think different.” Thank you for taking the path less travelled, for conquering the never-been-done, and for leading with purpose. Thank you for changing the world.
I have three pieces of advice that I’ve found enormously helpful: learning by trial and error, aligning your goals, and being positive.
Learning by trial and error is something I can’t stress enough. I’ve done it and succeeded so there’s no reason you can’t do it too. It’s natural that you may be afraid to try new things but you can’t be worried about failing. The fact is, you’ll most likely fail at first, but get past it quickly. The only way to get better is to try and try again—you have nothing to lose.
Alongside trial and error learning is aligning your goals. Figure out what your larger goals are for what you want to do or who you want to be. Align yourself with your larger goal and you’ll find yourself creating smaller goals that fall perfectly into place. Sounds cheesy doesn’t it? Wildly successful people don’t question whether or not they can do something or if they’ll hit their mark, they know they will because they’ve aligned themselves to do so.
Learn to focus your positive energy. The more positive you are the easier it will be for you to envision your goals and to reach them. Be positive, but remember to be honestly honest with yourself because if you have your positive energy flowing and you don’t know how to do something, you will be able to do it.
I’ve done quite a bit of illustration work under aliases over the last few years, but I was most happy with my work under the ElectricPoutine alias. “Forest Demon” is one of those pieces.
I revised the original version into this newer version with improved coloring and details along with a few other minor fixes. The old “I Love Humans” version is still available for sale at laFraise.
This new version is available soon as iPad/iPhone cases and sneakers at ArtsProjekt.
The core design itself is also for sale, inquire for details and pricing.
By Robert Romanowicz
Neo Deco is a typeface designed for Hype for Type, who worked hard to convert this design into a font.
The result is a display Art Deco inspired typeface meant to be a used in a huge size.Note: If you ever get this font, after you have typed your text, I highly recomend you to work with it as expanded objects or using the EPS caracter set folder attached to the font, in order to visualize the design properly and to keep the line weights perfectly aligned.