Steve Jobs will be remembered as a digital visionary — the man who brought poetry to the microchip.
But before he was a legend, he was a person we can’t all be, but we can all learn from his extraordinary life.
Life Advice From Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs life lessons & rules for success
#1 Skate to Where the Puck is Going to Be
In 2007, Steve Jobs said, “There’s an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love. ‘I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.’ And we’ve always tried to do that at Apple. Since the very, very beginning. And we always will.”
Steve’s ability to anticipate future trends helped Apple dominate now-burgeoning markets like digital music sales (through the iPod and iTunes Store).
#2 Accentuate the #Positive
Steve started life out on the wrong foot. He was given up for adoption at birth.
Tough break? Young Jobs didn’t think so: he was thankful for his loving adoptive parents — who happened to live in Palo Alto, California (which would eventually become Silicon Valley).
#3 Learn from Others
In high school, Jobs attended lectures at a small computer technology company called Hewlett-Packard. Before turning 21, Steve had worked for both HP and Atari. He saw what these companies were doing and learned what he wanted to do differently with Apple. He gained experience and observed.
#4 Start Early
Because Steve was still a sponge-brained teenager when he started working with computers, he learned quickly.
It also helps that he started Apple in his early 20s: when he was still full of energy, fresh ideas, and not yet restrained by a family or career.
#5 College is #Important…
At its best, higher education challenges us to make connections and solve problems.
Jobs credits a college calligraphy course as part of the Macintosh’s development:
“If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts.”
#6 … But it’s Not Necessary
Reed University was expensive and Jobs didn’t want to drain his parents’ savings. If Jobs hadn’t dropped out, he would have been a junior in 1975. He co-founded #Apple Computer that year instead.