Life is a journey, not a destination.
His accomplishments and character helped define a generation and change the world. He is co-founder of the fairytale company we now know as Apple Computers. And he is the visionary of the personal computers world that led the entire computer hardware and software industry to restructure itself.
This man with boundless energy and charisma is also a master of hype, hyperbole and the catchy phrase. And even when he’s trying to talk normally, brilliant verbiage comes tumbling out.
Here’s a selection of some of the most insanely great things he said, golden lessons to help you succeed in life, Jobs-style:
“1. Steve Jobs said: “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
Innovation has no limits. The only limit is your imagination. It’s time for you to begin thinking out of the box. If you are involved in a growing industry, think of ways to become more efficient; more customer friendly; and easier to do business with. If you are involved in a shrinking industry – get out of it quick and change before you become obsolete; out of work; or out of business. And remember that procrastination is not an option here. Start innovating now!
2. Steve Jobs said: “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”
There is no shortcut to excellence. You will have to make the commitment to make excellence your priority. Use your talents, abilities, and skills in the best way possible and get ahead of others by giving that little extra. Live by a higher standard and pay attention to the details that really do make the difference. Excellence is not difficult – simply decide right now to give it your best shot – and you will be amazed with what life gives you back.
3. Steve Jobs said: “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
I’ve got it down to four words: “Do what you love.” Seek out an occupation that gives you a sense of meaning, direction and satisfaction in life. Having a sense of purpose and striving towards goals gives life meaning, direction and satisfaction. It not only contributes to health and longevity, but also makes you feel better in difficult times. Do you jump out of bed on Monday mornings and look forward to the work week? If the answer is ‘no’ keep looking, you’ll know when you find it.
Read the rest here, it’s well worth your time.
I don’t know about you, but I can walk into Target intending to quickly grab some new shampoo, and walk out two hours later with a new skillet, two cute picture frames, some pretzels, a pair of pajamas, at least a few pairs of shoes, and a bag full of random items from the “ONLY $1” trap they have in the front of the store (notice anything missing? Yeah, I almost never remember the original item I came in for).
The point is, we spend money all the time on things we don’t really need, from trashy magazines at the checkout counter to $100 bar tabs to $500 pairs of shoes or $3,000 motorcycles (you know who you are!). We have no problem swiping the credit card when it comes to something we want, but when it’s something less flashy and fun than an iPad, we have a harder time making the commitment.
So the next time you opt for non-organic produce, order the pasta dish instead of the fresh fish, or skip the gym membership all because of the price, think for a second what you would spend the extra money on instead. If the answer is anything other than “feeding starving children” then your health is worth more. And by spending a little extra cash in the short-term, you’re more likely to stay with the commitment in the long run. It’s harder to skip a class at the gym or let produce spoil when you paid good money for it. And if that helps you stay on track with your health goal then it’s totes worth it!