Succeed like Steve: Six Ways to Succeed like Steve Jobs

“Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.” - Apple

A picture of Steve JobsUnless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re bound to have noticed the dynamite impact that this exceptional man had on the world at some point in your life.

I never personally knew much about Steve Jobs until now, but after learning about how he changed the world from Joe, I guess he’s become quite an inspiration to me. And why? Because quite simply Steve changed the world! Leader of Apple, Steve jobs was not only a genius in several fields of industry but a hero to his employees and the people around him throughout his life. Famous for his ‘it has to be perfect’ attitude and ambitious and curious approach to inventing, he left the world a legend.

My Six Ways to Succeed like Steve Jobs…

1) Strive for Perfection.

Steve Jobs was never satisfied with good. His and his team’s execution of every task had to be flawless. Every. Single. Time. Because they were always searching for bigger and better ways of doing things, it meant that life was more demanding for him and his employees, but the fact that he considered all the smallest details meant that everyone had to be focused, meet his vision and find a niche. It worked.

By not being willing to let himself or his team settle for anything less than the absolute best, his products also became the absolute best. Hense why they improved the world so dramatically. The moral to the story? If you want to be the best, never settle for anything less than the best you can do and be honest with people who aren’t reaching the bar.

Steve often said that “A players only work well with A players, which means we cant indulge in B players”. This only goes to show how he went about his work and his team… nothing but the best, to produce the best.

2) Be inspired by Others.

Thomas Edison and Henry Ford were just two of Steve Job’s idols. He often spoke of them, sharing the stories that inspired him to with his people and quoting them. If you want to reach for the stars, you should always try to learn as much as you can about the people who reached a similar goal to the one that you are aiming for. The key is to learn from success in order to breed your own. For more information on role models see this page *Your Ideal Self*

3) Think Different.

Apple logo: think different

To get as far as he did in your own field, you have to encourage experimentation of yourself and other people. You have to push out of your comfort zone, think outside the box. A creation is called a creation for a reason. It’s the exercise of boundaries, the widening of the box, the reason why our world is always developing. If you want to be different and create something different, you must allow yourself to and question everything.

4) Take Big (But Calculated) Risks.

Steve Jobs always followed his heart. Any risk that comes with thinking different, is worth it because if you know what is best for you and you think that by following your heart you can learn or gain something then go for it! You are more likely to become successful and inspire others by doing what inspires you; in order to invent you must not be afraid to be wrong.

That’s the difference between a successful person and a non-successful person. Anyone in the world could have been someone great. Someone great sacrificed to achieve that greatness. They gambled. Someone smart heightens the stake by preparing and making themselves more valuable first.

5) Never give up.

A wrong decision is still a decision. Steve Jobs knew that in order to think different, he had to let his team make mistakes. The whole brilliance of being an inventor is not only about taking big risks, but also creating an environment that are fearless of doing wrong.

Being determined is the difference between an inspired person and an inspiring one. In order to get the job done, you must never allow yourself to take the easy option. Steve didn’t.

That’s why he found a better alternative to the MP3 player, reinvented the mobile phone, saved the music industry through iTunes and created several brand new niche industries; Including the mobile application industry and the tablet computer. He invented things that changed the future of technology, and in fact changed the world. And thats because he never let anything stand in his way.

6) Aim to Make the World a Better Place.

For the world to notice you, you must give it something to notice. Work on something bigger than you. Reach as high as you can. Whether that’s simply just helping someone to think different or take a risk or by creating something that the world and the people in it would benefit from; the world wants someone who is valuable.

Employers will pay for someone who can do the job the best. Publishers will publish books that people will enjoy the most. Investors will invest in the products that people need most in their lives; things which people value, will sell and make the investor their investment back!

Even if you don’t aim to become the next big face in the movement of technology, I’m sure you want to be remembered. By looking at how he achieved what he did, you can learn how to create your own perfect recipe for success. And really, that’s what having a role model, like Steve, is all about.

Wrote by Aimee Hall