Don’t let the noise
of others’ opinions
drown out your
own inner voice.
Older people sit down
and ask, ‘What is it?’
but the boy asks,
‘What can I DO with it?’.
1. You make your own life. Steve Jobs had a tough start in life. He wasn’t born into a privileged family and experienced many serious blows in life. However, instead of complaining or becoming a victim he created the life he wanted to have.
2. Life rewards people who dream big dreams. When other people thought things couldn’t be changed, he saw this as merely an opportunity to dream big dreams, and to create something new.
3. It doesn’t really matter who you are or where you are. The thing that matters most is that step out and do something! For example, Steve Jobs developed Apple in his parents’ garage, when no-one knew or cared who he was.
4. It’s not only qualifications that matter. According to Jobs (who didn’t finish his degree) perseverance matters more than certification. Of course, having both is an advantage in life but there are lots of billionaires who succeed for other reasons. For example, working hard and being creative are key components, too.
5. Live life to the fullest while you still have breath - As none of us knows when our life will end.
6. Stop listening to others who want to detract you from going for living your life fully, and reaching for your dreams. There are plenty of people who would like to see you fail, or to see you going nowhere, so you make nothing of life. Don’t allow them to detract you from your dream.
7. Don’t underestimate the impact you can have – Steve Job’s ideas and products have transformed the world – and the chances are he had no idea of the influence he would have on society.
8. Follow your passion and do what you love. It’s easier to work, and to persevere, if you’re following your passion and doing what you love. You feel motivated to keep on going, and to do what it takes achieve your best in life.
"It’s very easy to be different,
but very difficult to be better.”
- Jonathan Ive
After reading the New York Times’ article “And Then Steve Said, ‘Let There Be an iPhone’" I watched the 2007 iPhone unveiling presentation given by Steve Jobs. It’s hilarious hearing the gasps and applause the iPhone inspires in the audience and insane to think that this technology has become so ubiquitous in just six years. It was also remarkable to see just how little iPhone software and design had changed until iOS 7!
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.
That’s why I think death is the most wonderful invention of life. It purges the system of these old models that are obsolete.
– Playboy interview, February 1985
“A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences.
So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem.
The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.”