Steve Jobs, the co-founder and former CEO of Apple Inc., truly was a unique individual. He was one who would follow his intuition, preferred quality over quantity, never compromised his morals and ethics, among other qualities.
Here are some great lessons we can learn from him, culling from the insights listed down by Albert Watson of erickimphotography.com. I have collapsed three of Watson’s insights with those they are related and ended up with 10 distinct ones.
Many of these are quite common; a few are less heard of. Here they are:
1. Initiate the need for a product.
People don’t know what they want until you show it to them.
2. Focus on making great products.
Businesses fail when they focus on trying to make profits over great products. Great profits will follow great products.
3. Borrow great ideas from others and build upon them.
There’s no such thing as “originality”– we’ve all borrowed ideas from others. We take the ideas of others and improve them.
4. Integrate humanity into your work.
People have a desire to express their creativity. Great innovation happens when we combine the human soul and tools. Technology without humanity lacks soul.
5. Work hard to reach your goals.
Put your soul into your work. It means no cutting corners and never compromising your vision.
6. Keep yourself relevant.
You can make changes to your products– innovate. The moment you stop innovating, you start dying. Or do something to hurt your products so you can create something new– cannibalize.
7. Contribute back to society and the flow of life.
We don’t hoard what we’ve learned, but we share it openly with others. This is how we contribute something back to our species.
8. Learn to start all over again if you need to.
At some point in your life, you need to learn to throw away everything you’ve done in the past and keep a “beginner’s” mind.
9. Go the extra mile.
Don’t do just the bare minimum, but provide extra service, put in extra effort. To be able to do this, you need to have the right motivation.
10. Follow your heart.
(“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. There’s no reason not to follow your heart.”– Jobs)