Lessons We Can All Take From Steve Jobs

Lessons We Can All Take From Steve Jobs
What Steve Jobs wanted us all to know.

Once again, the spotlight is on Steve Jobs with the release of a biopic of his life. Steve Jobs, which will be released tomorrow, centers around Jobs’ product lunches with Apple, culminating in the 1998 unveiling of the iMac. Jobs captured our fascination by revolutionizing the way we interact with technology – but he also left behind some valuable personal lessons. Here are just a few.

  • Treasure Your Time. Want to know what Steve Jobs values most? He made it obvious, saying, “My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.” Try to stay present to make the most of this minute you were given, and don’t let pointless pursuits waste your most valuable resource. Also, always be looking for ways to maximize your time like improving productivity at work or simply turning off the TV at night.
  • Focus On The Future. We tend to look to the past for answers and insight, but Jobs pointed out that might not be the best perspective. At D5 Conference, he said, “Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday.” This is a great reminder that we can’t change the past, but we have the full power to shape the future right now.
  • Pursue Your Passions. In a Stanford Commencement Speech, Jobs said, “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.” With this quote, he underscores that while you can take a job you don’t love, you likely won’t be motivated to put your full passion into it. In order to truly excel, you need to actually want to. Find something that will fuel your fire and pursue it!

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