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8 Inspiring Lessons I Learned From Steve Jobs

8 Inspiring Lessons I Learned From Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was a visionary and cult figure who inspired millions. His quotes almost attained the attributes of a scripture. Here are some to live by:

“People don’t know what they want until you show it to them”

You are right Steve; we didn’t know what we wanted until we experienced your vision of Apple. As you have rightfully said, “Don’t sell your products, sell people their dreams, they will follow you”. You empowered us with the power we barely knew and helped in achieving our dreams.

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“You’ve got to find what you love”

You proved that, Steve. You loved simplifying the technology for masses. Falling in love with work is essential; because it is going to fill a large part of our life. The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what we believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what we do. Period.

“Connecting the dots”

I believe you, Steve. You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. Since then, I have stopped worrying about the harsh times; somehow these dots would definitely connect in the future. So whatever happens in your life, just be calm and believe that in every adversity, there would be a blessing in disguise that we may not understand now.

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“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose”

Truly said, Steve; everyone is going to die but no one believes it. There is no reason not to follow your heart.  We are already naked; there is no point in not following our dreams. Our life has got some purpose and we have to define it by ourselves; nobody is going to lead you towards the path of enlightenment except you.

“Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish”

It took time for me to understand. But believe me, it’s a revelation. It says, “Don’t settle down until you find what you love to do”. Until then “STAY HUNGRY, STAY FOOLISH”; everything else is secondary. Even if we fail, we fail daring greatly so that we can never be like cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

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“Keep evolving always”

Darwin said, “Survival of the fittest, not the survival of strongest”. Those who are adaptable to change will survive at the end of the day. Apple never stopped with the success of Macintosh, it continually pushed the limits to create new line of products that people would die to own them. Bob Dylan famously puts, “If you are not busy being born, you are busy dying”. So never stop with the success because success is never final.

“Less is more”

Declutter, declutter, and declutter because less is always more. Implementing this philosophy in Apple created wonders in Steve’s life. Having been inspired from Zen’s philosophy of Minimalism, Apple is revolutionary in creating products with such a simple design that people would cherish grabbing on the first day. No wonder that all the Apple products come without a manual, they are too simple to understand and operate. So remember always, less is more.

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“I would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates”

Steve, being an avid follower of Socrates, evidently knew the importance of philosophy in his life. Many of us would think that Philosophy is an elite subject that is confusing. However, philosophy is a manual of our lives and Steve rightfully knew it or else it would have been highly difficult for him to create the market for computers that actually didn’t exist when he started “APPLE”. Philosophy tames you to accept the paradoxes of life. Hence nothing bothers, except your vision as Steve once had.

Many come and go but only a few leave lasting impressions in the history of mankind. We owe you in many ways, Steve. As long as innovations keep flowing you are alive because you are the one who inspired innovation.

APPLE may not be APPLE without you. We love APPLE because of you.

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Last Updated on August 6, 2020

6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

We’ve all done it. That moment when a series of words slithers from your mouth and the instant regret manifests through blushing and profuse apologies. If you could just think before you speak! It doesn’t have to be like this, and with a bit of practice, it’s actually quite easy to prevent.

“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” – Napolean Hill

Are we speaking the same language?

My mum recently left me a note thanking me for looking after her dog. She’d signed it with “LOL.” In my world, this means “laugh out loud,” and in her world it means “lots of love.” My kids tell me things are “sick” when they’re good, and ”manck” when they’re bad (when I say “bad,” I don’t mean good!). It’s amazing that we manage to communicate at all.

When speaking, we tend to color our language with words and phrases that have become personal to us, things we’ve picked up from our friends, families and even memes from the internet. These colloquialisms become normal, and we expect the listener (or reader) to understand “what we mean.” If you really want the listener to understand your meaning, try to use words and phrases that they might use.

Am I being lazy?

When you’ve been in a relationship for a while, a strange metamorphosis takes place. People tend to become lazier in the way that they communicate with each other, with less thought for the feelings of their partner. There’s no malice intended; we just reach a “comfort zone” and know that our partners “know what we mean.”

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Here’s an exchange from Psychology Today to demonstrate what I mean:

Early in the relationship:

“Honey, I don’t want you to take this wrong, but I’m noticing that your hair is getting a little thin on top. I know guys are sensitive about losing their hair, but I don’t want someone else to embarrass you without your expecting it.”

When the relationship is established:

“Did you know that you’re losing a lot of hair on the back of your head? You’re combing it funny and it doesn’t help. Wear a baseball cap or something if you feel weird about it. Lots of guys get thin on top. It’s no big deal.”

It’s pretty clear which of these statements is more empathetic and more likely to be received well. Recognizing when we do this can be tricky, but with a little practice it becomes easy.

Have I actually got anything to say?

When I was a kid, my gran used to say to me that if I didn’t have anything good to say, I shouldn’t say anything at all. My gran couldn’t stand gossip, so this makes total sense, but you can take this statement a little further and modify it: “If you don’t have anything to say, then don’t say anything at all.”

A lot of the time, people speak to fill “uncomfortable silences,” or because they believe that saying something, anything, is better than staying quiet. It can even be a cause of anxiety for some people.

When somebody else is speaking, listen. Don’t wait to speak. Listen. Actually hear what that person is saying, think about it, and respond if necessary.

Am I painting an accurate picture?

One of the most common forms of miscommunication is the lack of a “referential index,” a type of generalization that fails to refer to specific nouns. As an example, look at these two simple phrases: “Can you pass me that?” and “Pass me that thing over there!”. How often have you said something similar?

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How is the listener supposed to know what you mean? The person that you’re talking to will start to fill in the gaps with something that may very well be completely different to what you mean. You’re thinking “pass me the salt,” but you get passed the pepper. This can be infuriating for the listener, and more importantly, can create a lack of understanding and ultimately produce conflict.

Before you speak, try to label people, places and objects in a way that it is easy for any listeners to understand.

What words am I using?

It’s well known that our use of nouns and verbs (or lack of them) gives an insight into where we grew up, our education, our thoughts and our feelings.

Less well known is that the use of pronouns offers a critical insight into how we emotionally code our sentences. James Pennebaker’s research in the 1990’s concluded that function words are important keys to someone’s psychological state and reveal much more than content words do.

Starting a sentence with “I think…” demonstrates self-focus rather than empathy with the speaker, whereas asking the speaker to elaborate or quantify what they’re saying clearly shows that you’re listening and have respect even if you disagree.

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I was frustrated and started to get more than a bit vexed. The project obviously meant more to me than it did to him, and I started to construct all manner of crazy scenarios. I finally got through to John and immediately started a mild rant about making promises you can’t keep. He stopped me in my tracks with the news that his brother had died. If I’d have just thought before I spoke…

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