Things We Can Still Learn From Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs may be one of the best modern tech innovators the world has ever seen. The fact that he was taken from this world too soon is a tragedy because his innovative mind may never be equaled in modern terms. With that being said, tomorrow’s innovators have many lessons that they can still learn from the example of Steve Jobs so they may also work toward his level of complete success.
Don’t Accept Circumstances For How They Are
The Board of Directors at Apple wanted each employee to have their own employee number. The idea was that each employee would wear a name badge with their name and number so that everyone could see who everyone else was and how important they were to the company. Co-founder Steve Wozniak was given employee #1 and Jobs was given #2. Jobs protested because he helped create the base concepts that made Apple such a success, so his employee number was changed to #0.
It’s Better To Just Be Yourself
Many people don’t realize that Steve Jobs was also employed by Atari for some time. While working there, his employers actually forcefully transferred him to the night shift because of his body odor. You see, Jobs didn’t really like the idea of having to take part in daily routines of cleanliness just to please other people – he just wanted to go about his business and be himself. It’s more important to be yourself and stay true to who you are than to adapt yourself to what others expect you to be.
Eat a Healthy Diet That Works For You
Steve Jobs was known for being a “fruitarian,” as he called it. Apple is the business name; in fact this was because Jobs loved to eat apples so much! He was very strict in his diet, never eating any foods that came from or were made with the assistance of animal products. That meant sticking to a strict vegan lifestyle. Is that for everyone? Not necessarily, but the emphasis here is to do things for yourself that will help you maintain your health. Don’t judge others… just judge yourself.
Be Influential Through Consistency
Jobs once got the President of PepsiCo to quit his job and come work for Apple with just one brief statement: “Do you want to sell sugared water for the rest of your life… or do you want to change the world?” If Jobs didn’t have the influence and respect of the tech industry, this wouldn’t have been able to happen. In order for you to be an effective leader, you must work hard to earn the respect of those on your team and the world at-large. Without consistency, there is no trust. Without trust, there is no respect.
Without respect, there is no innovation.
What Can You Learn From Steve Jobs?
Even though he is gone, there is much that we each can learn from the example that Steve Jobs set. From his willingness to extend a hand to someone to his tireless work ethic, being innovative isn’t something that just happens. We must discover it in our own unique way through our willingness to work hard to earn trust and respect. What lesson have you learned from Jobs that has helped you find success?