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(Infographic) A Quick Guide To The Successful Story Of Steve Jobs

(Infographic) A Quick Guide To The Successful Story Of Steve Jobs

A visionary innovator and a true cultural zeitgeist, Steve Jobs inspired at least two generations into thinking beyond conventional wisdom and believing that changing the world wasn’t just a means of big talk.

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

The late Apple CEO believed in defining markets over creating them. Jobs had a profound impact on how we access technology and consume information every day. His intimidating personality had layers and his life had many themes of a super CEO – a great story of rise, fall and revivification, but the complete story of Steve Jobs ended far earlier than most people expected.

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To see how Jobs went from a free spirited LSD enthusiast to a cult inspirational figure, check out the infographic below: “How Steve Jobs Started” created by Anna Vital.

(Infographic) A Quick Guide To The Successful Story Of Steve Jobs - Lifehack

    There are a lot of life lessons to be learnt from the life of Steve Jobs. In 56 years, he mesmerised entrepreneurs across the globe with a story so rich in success and ambition that made a cult following. Innovation became order of the day during his multiple stints as chief executive at Apple.

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    In retrospect, Steve had to face the sorriest things when he was publicly humiliated by the Apple board, from a company he had co-founded only ten years ago. Steve hardly ever talked about stuff that hurt or troubled him professionally, but in his ’05 Stanford commemorative speech he accepted that the event had a devastating effect on his life.

    His words were: “What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating. I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me. I still loved what I did. And so I decided to start over.”

    Steve didn’t let his public oust get to him, and emerged stronger psychologically and emotionally. He started NeXT computers and Pixar Studios, and recreated history again. Apple couldn’t keep away from Jobs for much longer and decided to bring him back soon when they purchased NeXT. Things went smooth again and the late CEO introduced a range of segment defining gadgets, such as iPods, iPhones and the iPads.

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    Steve Jobs said, “I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me,” and followed up with, “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love.”

    He added, “Don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own 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.”

    Steve Jobs’ Stanford 2005 legendary commencement speech when he shared his valuable lessons and philosophy of life said:

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    “I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made.”

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    12 Rules for Self-Management

    12 Rules for Self-Management

    Management is not just for managers, just as leadership is not only for leaders.

    We all manage, and we all lead; these are not actions reserved for only those people who happen to hold these “positions” in a company. I personally think of management and leadership as callings, and we all get these callings to manage and lead at different times, and to different degrees.

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    Considered another way, I believe we can all learn to be more self-governing through the disciplines of great management and great leadership; these are concepts that can give us wonderful tenets to live and work by.

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    For instance, these are what I’ve come to think of as 12 Rules for Self-Management. Show me a business where everyone lives and works by self-managing, and I’ll bet it’s a business destined for greatness.

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    1. Live by your values, whatever they are. You confuse people when you don’t, because they can’t predict how you’ll behave.
    2. Speak up! No one can “hear” what you’re thinking without you be willing to stand up for it. Mind-reading is something most people can’t do.
    3. Honor your own good word, and keep the promises you make. If not, people eventually stop believing most of what you say, and your words will no longer work for you.
    4. When you ask for more responsibility, expect to be held fully accountable. This is what seizing ownership of something is all about; it’s usually an all or nothing kind of thing, and so you’ve got to treat it that way.
    5. Don’t expect people to trust you if you aren’t willing to be trustworthy for them first and foremost. Trust is an outcome of fulfilled expectations.
    6. Be more productive by creating good habits and rejecting bad ones. Good habits corral your energies into a momentum-building rhythm for you; bad habits sap your energies and drain you.
    7. Have a good work ethic, for it seems to be getting rare today. Curious, for those “old-fashioned” values like dependability, timeliness, professionalism and diligence are prized more than ever before. Be action-oriented. Seek to make things work. Be willing to do what it takes.
    8. Be interesting. Read voraciously, and listen to learn, then teach and share everything you know. No one owes you their attention; you have to earn it and keep attracting it.
    9. Be nice. Be courteous, polite and respectful. Be considerate. Manners still count for an awful lot in life, and thank goodness they do.
    10. Be self-disciplined. That’s what adults are supposed to “grow up” to be.
    11. Don’t be a victim or a martyr. You always have a choice, so don’t shy from it: Choose and choose without regret. Look forward and be enthusiastic.
    12. Keep healthy and take care of yourself. Exercise your mind, body and spirit so you can be someone people count on, and so you can live expansively and with abundance.

    Managers will tell you that they don’t really need to manage people who live by these rules; instead, they can devote their attentions to managing the businesses in which they all thrive. Chances are it will also be a place where great leaders are found.

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