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10 Inspirational Quotes From Steve Jobs That Will Change Your Thoughts On Your Career

10 Inspirational Quotes From Steve Jobs That Will Change Your Thoughts On Your Career

Steve Jobs was a difficult person to understand and work with. He was infamous for setting impossible deadlines, obsessing over design, creating a culture of conflict, and crying in meetings. But, at his core, Jobs was a simple man who loved what he did.

Through his passion, Jobs not only inspired an entire industry but whole generations to “think different” — to break with conformity and join the cult of the remarkable few. These are the dream makers. The entrepreneurs. The freelancers. The problem solvers who will not apologize for pissing you off.

I am hopeful that these 10 quotes will inspire you to join the ranks of the remarkable few.

1. “That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex; you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.”

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    Have you seen what happens when things get complicated? Of course, you have — you have experienced it far too often. It produces difficulty, frustration, and anxiety. Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits, explains that we must create an environment where simplicity is possible.

    Tip: Create focus blocks of time. This way, you can focus on the work that matters most and block out all other distractions.

    2. “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other opinions drown your inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

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      You are completely disengaged from your work and your boss is beginning to take notice. But this is the job that everyone said you’d be great at, so why do you hate it so much?

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      Cal Newport, professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, explains that to build a career that you are satisfied with, you must first answer the question “What way of working and living will nurture my passion?”

      Tip: Answering Newport’s question is an important step, but what’s more important is to not fixate on regrets.

      3. “I’m as proud of many of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done. Innovation is saying no to a thousand things.”

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        Yes, you are a people pleaser. Regardless of what is asked of you, your answer is “yes.” So the work piles on and nothing gets finished.

        David Allen, the author of Getting Things Done, explains that much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what you’ve started.

        Tip: Say “no” and say it often. If what is being asked of you does not align itself with your goals, then it will become a distraction from the work that needs to get done.

        4. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”

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          You are terrified of failing and have given self-oppression a permanent place at the table. It’s no wonder you are not a successful entrepreneur.

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          Michael Bloomberg, former NYC Mayor, explains that being an entrepreneur has more to do with “a way of looking at the world.”

          Tip: Instead of seeing an obstacle, take an intelligent risk and turn it into an opportunity.

          5. “My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”

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            You waste most of your time in meetings. What’s worse is you are so busy that you have become the bottleneck on many projects and your team members are upset.

            Productivity consultant David Allen explains that when you book yourself in back-to-back meetings, you have little time to reevaluate and process information.

            Tip: You should create a weekly review. The review builds in time for you to reevaluate and process the week’s meetings.

            6. “We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and everyone should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? So this is what we’ve chosen to do with our life.”

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              You’ve allowed fear to paralyze you. You spend your days regretting your past decisions and dreaming about the future you could have had.

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              Do you want a better life? Make the commitment to go for it.

              Tip: Ask yourself, “When it comes time for me to die, what will I regret not doing?” That is what matters most — so go and do it.

              7. “I met Woz when I was 13, at a friend’s garage. He was about 18. He was, like, the first person I met who knew more electronics than I did at that point. We became good friends because we shared an interest in computers and we had a sense of humor. We pulled all kinds of pranks together.”

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                There are very few things in life better than a friend.

                Tip: Never take friendship for granted — it must be cultivated.

                8. “The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

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                  It’s a big job to put a ding in the world. But what if you took that same energy and put a ding in your world?

                  Tip: Instead of having someone else listen to your problems, listen to someone else’s problems and help solve them.

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                  9. “Stay hungry, stay foolish.”

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                    John C. Maxwell, the author of 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, explains that we all must grow to discover our purpose. To become a better parent, you need to grow at relationships. To become a better entrepreneur, you need to grow in self-confidence. To become a better anything, you need to grow.

                    Tip: Keep a growth journal and record what you have learned in your life.

                    10. “And one more thing.”

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                      Life is a journey. It’s a tapestry of singular events. You can sit on your butt and hope that your calling finds you, or you can pursue your calling one baby step at a time.

                      Tip: Take a moment to reflect on your life. Do you notice any recurring themes? If you do, that just might be your calling saying “hello.”

                      Question: Which Steve Jobs quotes did you relate to the most?

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                      Featured photo credit: Zadi Diaz via Flickr

                      Featured photo credit: Steve Jobs/Zadi Diaz via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on June 25, 2019

                      How to Ace an Interview: 10 Tips from a Professional Career Advisor

                      How to Ace an Interview: 10 Tips from a Professional Career Advisor

                      Wondering how to ace an interview? In this article, you will learn everything you need to nail your dream job — from resume submission to the end of the interview cycle.

                      In order to land a job interview, you must start with submitting a great resume. Submitting resumes is generally done by, “apply now”, the way many apply for consideration to a job requisition. Even if not applying the tradition way, let’s say, emailing someone in your network about an opportunity- you will still need a great resume.

                      So first thing first, work on your resume.

                      Today in the United States, 98% of organizations use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to extract information from an applicant’s resume to build a digital applicant profile that can be searched, filtered, and/or ranked.[1] So, a resume that is ATS friendly is part one for landing and acing a job interview.

                      To do this, a resume must have certain formatting and keywords to get the resume through the scan and into the hands of a recruiter. Without a resume that works with and for today’s technology and requirements, an interview can be difficult to land.

                      Here’s a great DIY Resume Guide (Do it Yourself Resume Guide) to help you craft an ATS and Recruiter friendly resume:[2]

                      There used to be a time where a job application was enough, today, an ATS friendly resume leads all methods in landing a job interview.

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                      Now, let’s talk about acing that interview.

                      A job interview is part 2 of the job application process. An interview is where applicants that have met the minimum requirements are selected to discuss the job opportunity with the employer or hiring manager.

                      Interviews are generally conducted via telephone, in person, and or applications/technology such as Skype. When the interview is landed, these 10 tips will help you ace the job interview:

                      1. Going for a Job Opportunity That Speaks to Your Passion

                      Having a passion for the job/ industry is extremely important. Doing something that aligns with inner passion is important for quality of life.

                      People that have passion for the job that they are interviewing for generally have better interview experiences. When we talk about what we love, it is seen in our faces, our body language, and heard in our tone. Here’re 10 Reasons Why Following Your Passion Is More Important Than Money.

                      In short, consideration of talents, discovering the things that make you happy and sad, and what you love losing yourself in.

                      2. Study the Job Description: Essential Job Functions and Qualification Requirements

                      Doing this will allow you the opportunity to develop examples of past and present experience that relate to the essential job functions and required qualifications.

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                      Examples of experience is always a plus for interviewers, painting a full picture goes a long way. Even when not asked for an example, it is always a plus to tie answers to interview questions to examples from your experience.

                      If there is a portfolio (work samples: images, writing samples, published work, videos, awards, etc.) of work- that’s even better!

                      3. Research the Company and the Interviewer(s)

                      Being an employee means entering into a relationship with an employer. In many areas of life, research is done prior to committing; researching a company prior to an interview is no different.

                      It is important to determine if the company is a good fit and therefore makes it easier to answer “why do you want to work here?” It helps better verbalize how past experience, skills, and values align with the company’s mission, and it shows the interviewer that you are interested in more than just a job.

                      4. Think Positive and Tap into Confidence

                      Positivity exudes confidence and both are necessary, so the employers knows that trust can be given.

                      Thoughts lead to action, therefore, operating from a positive perspective will reveal confidence. The goal of the interview is to land the job offer; employers need to believe that you believe in yourself so that they can believe you. Here are a few tips for positive thinking.

                      5. Have Copies of the Resume Used to Apply for the Job

                      It’s always good to be ready for extra interviewers in the room; many interviews today are panel interviews/ multi-person interviews.

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                      Though a resume was likely submitted with the application, it is always a good idea to come with extra copies in anticipation of the potential need. If there was no resume submission, it is crucial that you provide a copy during the interview; doing this shows the employer preparedness and resolution to challenges.

                      6. Plan for Behavior Based Interview Questions

                      Most companies use pre-selected questions, often times having a list of behavior-based questions. Usually these questions start with: “provide an example of”, “tell me about a time when”, and/or “describe a time/situation when”.

                      Having examples of problems solved and strategies used, initiatives led, contributions to teams and departments, will help ace a job interview. Painting a picture to help employers see skills, qualifications, and experience is extremely important during a job interview.

                      7. Make a List of Selling Points

                      It’s important to be proactive about the selling points that you want to make in an interview. This is where a portfolio works great! It is a great idea to make a list of selling points that reaffirms and demonstrates skills, qualifications, and experience.

                      Consider: awards, programs/ processes launched that led to cost savings and/or profitability, training/education, etc.

                      8. Showcase a Mixture of Personality and Professionalism

                      Companies like to make sure that interviewees are a good match for the company culture. Having a good balance of personality and professionalism during a job interview is key.

                      Personality can be shown when discussing hobbies, community service or extracurricular activities in answers to behavior-based questions, when describing your passion, and when discussing selling points.

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                      9. Have Your Questions Ready- Interviewing Isn’t One-Sided

                      Interviews are two-sided, like all relationships (an employee and employer agreement is a type of relationship). Before entering in many relationships, we all have a set of questions that we need answers to, prior to making the decision to commit.

                      Beyond doing this for self (because asking questions helps reduce doubt and uncertainty), it also shows the employer that there is interest in the company and its future and, shows that you are informed.

                      Here are a few considerations: “Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?”, “Why is this position open?”, and “What qualifications/ skills are important to succeed in this role?” You can also take a look at this guide for more idea: 7 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview That Will Impress the Interviewer

                      10. Follow-up with a Thank You Note

                      Interviewers love gratitude. Sending a “thank you for taking the time to discuss the job opening with me”, is very important to acing an interview.

                      Interviewers discuss one job opening with many applicants. A thank you note can serve as gratitude and the final chance to showcase selling points. This is also the opportunity to address any concerns that the interviewer may have had in the interview.

                      Summing It up

                      Consider a job interview a house. the foundation for acing a job interview is passion. The frame is a resume that lands the interview. The plumbing and electrical are showing up with confidence, providing a list of selling points, having examples of your experience and qualifications, and engaging the interviewer. The roof is showing gratitude with a thank you note.

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                      Reference

                      [1] Jobscan: What is an Applicant Tracking System?
                      [2] Veronica Castillo: New Job- DIY Resume

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