April 30, 2015 | 3 minutes

Steve Job’s Top Principles for Success

By Nathan Strum

Steve Job’s impact on our everyday lives is unavoidable. From our computers, cell phones and music, he revolutionized the world as we know it. He touched our lives in a variety of ways with his innovations, but even greater than that, before passing away Steve Jobs revealed the principles he followed to be successful. Here is a list of his rules to success.

Ditch your ego

Jobs admitted to this being one of his most difficult rules to follow. It is important to being open to others views, suggestions and advice. If someone suggests for there to be a change or a new idea, it helps to listen and not monopolize the innovation culture of your business.  Jobs said this was hard for him because we are assured that our ideas are the best, but not listening to the brilliance of those you specifically hired can set you back.  Inc.com states, “Steve lamented that he led Apple to an unnecessarily high rate of lost talent, as well as ideas that he’d attracted but ignored–particularly back when his career and Apple hit the skids in the ’90s.”

Discover how things intertwine

Jobs believed that creativity was finding connections between things you often times would not think would connect. Entrepreneur states, “Jobs once said creativity is connecting things. He meant that people with a broad set of life experiences can often see things that others miss. He took calligraphy classes that didn’t have any practical use in his life — until he built the Macintosh. Jobs traveled to India and Asia. He studied design and hospitality. Don’t live in a bubble. Connect ideas from different fields.”

Find the right partner

Apple was not a company that Jobs built alone. He found a great partner in Steve Wozniak. Like the president of the country partners with a vice president that will make up for the skills he is not as strong in, choose to complement. Both Wozniak and Jobs complemented each other’s skill set extremely well. Lifehack.org weighs in, “You need to pick the right partner in your life so that you can be successful. The people who you surround yourself with, might make or break your life. So, choose wisely and it will help your way to success.”

Build on dreams, not products

Jobs really understood his market and what we wanted. His customers wanted simplicity; therefore, his tablets are so simple a toddler could use them. Entrepreneur.com notes how customers do not care so much about the product, but how it specifically meets their needs, hopes and ambitions. Entrepreneur.com states, “Jobs taught us that if you help your customers reach their dreams, you’ll win them over.”

We don’t have forever

To end on a positive note: Remember we are not eternal, and we can only build our legacy for so long. Steve Jobs one said, “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”


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