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How to Live Like Steve Jobs

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With the passing of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs yesterday, the Internet has predictably been inundated with messages of grief, shock and remembrance. Let’s make a solid jump onto that bandwagon right now, and look at three important messages we can all take away from Steve’s legacy.

1. Stand up to fear

Steve Jobs was undoubtedly an artist. And all artists face fear. Steven Pressfield calls this ‘resistance’. In the musical [title of show], it shows itself as a vampire. The point is, every artist has to face up against that little voice in their head that says “you can’t do this”, every time they create.

What Jobs did is a lesson for us all: he faced his fears, and went on creating in spite of them.
He didn’t let those voices take over, and he didn’t bow down to public pressure. Here’s a perfect
example of his attitude towards innovation and creativity:

We’re gambling on our vision, and we would rather do that than make “me, too” products. Let some other companies do that. For us, it’s always the next dream.

—Apple product event for the first Macintosh computer, January 24, 1984
(source: The Next Web)

2. Find your people

The sheer amount of discussion generated by Jobs’ passing shows the incredible amount of
people he affected. Twitter was hit with 2.5 million tweets  following news of his death, and mourners flocked to Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino to pay their respects.

Jobs affected many people across the world with his creativity and innovation, but he didn’t
do it alone. For every 10, 20, or 50 people who thought he was crazy, Jobs found someone who
believed in his vision. He surrounded himself with creative people who thought about the world
differently, and believed they could change it:

We attract a different type of person—a person who doesn’t want to wait five or ten years to have someone take a giant risk on him or her. Someone who really wants to get in a little over his head and make a little dent in the universe.

—Playboy, February 1985
(source: The Next Web)

Surrounding yourself with people who believe in you will build you up, and encourage you to do
more, be better, and as Jobs would say, ‘think different’.

3. Leave a legacy

More than anything else, we can safely say Jobs has left a legacy. An incredible, world-changing
legacy. He may not have set out with this goal in mind, but he did set out to change our world.
By connecting things in ways most of us would never think of, Jobs perfected the art of giving us
what we wanted, before we knew we wanted it.

By pushing boundaries, thinking differently, and always striving to achieve something better, we
can follow in Jobs’ footsteps. (If you want to kick-start your creative process, and start thinking
differently, Creative Genius is a great book to start with.)

If nothing else, take this one piece of advice from Steve Jobs:
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.

—Commencement address, Stanford University, June 12, 2005
(source: The Next Web)


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  1. Samuel's Gravatar

    Posted by Samuel on 07.10.11 at 4:45 am

    Steve Jobs is an icon that is worth living like.

    He never gave up in his endeavors and was not afraid to fail.
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