Lessons from Steve Jobs
May 26, 2016 by Cathy Brown
“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” ~ Steve Jobs
Last month I wrote about Pat Summit, the legendary University of Tennessee’s Women’s Basketball Coach. She was a real inspiration to me as I was beginning my career as a Physical Education teacher.
Actually, I gain inspiration from people in all walks of life. Today I’d like to share another success story about a little boy that had a run-of-the mill upbringing and grew up to truly change the world – Steve Jobs. Just think where would we be without our iPhones, iPads, iPods and now watches.
Here are 3 important lessons from Steve himself, taken in part from the article in “The Abundance Project”.
- 1. Your beginnings do not determine your endings
Steve Jobs was completely self-made, he came from very humble beginnings, and was not provided with a hand up. His parents allowed him to work out of their garage, but they didn’t have money to invest in his ideas.
We all have to live with the reality that we may not be born geniuses, rich or naturally talented. But that doesn’t matter if we believe in the power of our dreams. Success is not measured by what advantages you began with, but how far you got by creating your own reality. Don’t ever use humble beginnings as an excuse for your inability to achieve success and follow your dreams.
- 2. Personal passion is more important than money
Steve was taught by his adoptive father to be passionate about craftsmanship and engineering, encouraging his sense of curiosity. Those traits enabled Steve to become a technology evangelist.
Steve wasn’t driven as much by money as his sense of curiosity and discovery. That’s a real hint for us: We can do well by shifting your focus from merely making money to making a difference. Famous motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar used to say “You can get whatever you want, by helping others to get what they want”. Focus on serving…not self-serving. Focus on your passion. You can achieve so much more and financial payoffs will not be too far behind. When you are driven by passion, you are more likely to stick in it for the long run, and overcome challenges to reach your goal.
- 3. You don’t have to be first to succeed
Almost all the technologies that made Apple a household name, were, in fact, pioneered by other companies. Although the technology was not new…what Steve brought to the table was he had the sense of urgency needed to turn “laboratory technology” into disruptive technology that really changed how people interacted with and used electronic devices.
This is a powerful personal trait to copy because it is too easy for us to get discouraged by the fact that competitors are already doing what we want to do.
Remember the “Law of Sufficiency and Abundance”? It states there is an unlimited supply of everything and every experience, more than enough to go around. Manifestation happens when you can be in a place of feeling at peace with where you are, while being excited about the possibilities ahead.
Steve Job’s personal story teaches us that it doesn’t matter where we come from, how much we start with, or how other people perceive us when we first start out. What matters is the level of passion we have for our dreams, our willingness to pursue our dreams, our open mindednesses and our trust in ourselves and the universe to become a deliberate creator.