Steve Jobs: An Inspiring Legacy For Entrepreneurs

by Lauren Schneidewind on February 24, 2017

On Feb 24th, the innovative co-founder and CEO of Apple would have turned 62. His extraordinary life brought a remarkable collection of exciting inventions including the iMac, MacBook Air, iPhone, iPad, iPod, and iTunes, all envisioned by this contradictory person.

While dedicated fans around the world mostly associate Jobs’ name with Apple, he was also connected with Pixar, for a time as their CEO, member of the board of directors, and majority shareholder. He was also a founder, chairman, and CEO of NeXT.

With such an impressive career path, a look at his life and career could certainly teach valuable lessons to entrepreneurs of all spheres, not only those involved in technology.

Here are six lessons to learn from Steve Jobs:

Lesson 1: Whatever you do, be creative.

“A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.”
Steve Jobs

Being creative means seeking and finding inspiration everywhere, even in unusual places. A creative person also looks for answers to their questions in other industries and experiences in life and business. 

Jobs himself had experiences in which inspiration struck him during meditation and an encounter with a kitchen appliance. 

Lessons 2: Follow the road less taken

“And no, we don't know where it will lead. We just know there's something much bigger than any of us here.”
Steve Jobs

Real innovators are not afraid to examine new paths and look for unconventional solutions in places where very few people go or dare to look. They are rebellious and fight against the status quo, ready to offer alternatives.

When Steve Jobs started his business, he was a nobody, and IBM had a monopoly on the market. However, thanks to Jobs’ revolutionary approach, today Apple is a winning player in the world of technology.

Lesson 3: Strive for simplicity

“That's been one of my mantras - focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
Steve Jobs

Keeping things simple doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on quality.

On the contrary, take, for example, Apple products created with Jobs’ direction. These devices have an elegant design and work intuitively. Whenever simplicity is combined with advanced technology, the result is perfection.

Lessons 4. Work with the best

“We hire people who want to make the best things in the world.”
Steve Jobs

"I have one of the best jobs in the world. I get to hang out with some of the most talented, committed people around, and together we get to play in this sandbox and build these cool products,” said Steve Jobs at a Worldwide Developers Conference.

A team of great talents, who are enthusiastic about what they do, can work miracles. The team at Apple that Steve Jobs put together was the living example of that.

Lessons 5. Craft personal branding along with your business

Apple, as a brand, was developed strategically. But Steve Jobs didn’t forget to work on his personal image as well. His unique style of consistently dressing the same every day, in a black turtleneck and jeans, was even copied by Facebook’s co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who chooses a hooded sweatshirt each day.

Jobs was also famous for controlling his brand through media, by giving interviews only to carefully selected journalists under very specific conditions that he dictated.

Lesson 6. Expect the unexpected

“I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”
Steve Jobs

One of the most certain things in life, and in business as well, is that there’s nothing certain. Expect the unexpected. If an abrupt change in your life or company occurs, find a way to benefit from the situation.

The life of Steve Jobs proves that humble beginnings in life or in business are not an excuse to stop dreaming. Having been adopted as a baby and later dropping out of college due to a lack of money didn’t stop him from creating a legacy that will serve as an inspiration for generations of entrepreneurs. The co-founder of Apple is already a legend.

“I want to put a ding in the universe.”
Steve Jobs (1955-2011)


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