4 Great Life Lessons From Steve Jobs’ Career

Find out some amazing lessons you can learn from the career of Apple founder, Steve Jobs.

Imagine a life without your iPhone, or if were never able to download Angry Birds from the App Store… or worst, no ‘Finding Nemo’!?! If you can’t… then you have Steve Jobs to thank.

A technology visionary and Founder of Apple Macintosh, Steve Jobs is responsible for a lot of the technology we all love and use today.Here’s a look at some of the best lessons you can learn from Steve Jobs pretty amazing career!

SAN FRANCISCO - JANUARY 27: Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs demonstrates the new iPad as he speaks during an Apple Special Event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts January 27, 2010 in San Francisco, California. Apple introduced its latest creation, the iPad, a mobile tablet browsing device that is a cross between the iPhone and a MacBook laptop. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Dream Big

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

We all have big dreams we would like to achieve and Steve Jobs was no different. There was a time Apple wasn’t the massive brand we know today. During the rise of Apple, Microsoft Windows was the leading player in the computer industry and, during the rise of the IPhone, Nokia was the leading player in mobile phones. Steve Jobs always dreamt of big things for Apple and was successful in turning the Apple into the leading rivals for Microsoft Windows and knocking Nokia off its perch as the giant in mobile phones. In a period where music piracy was at a high and it felt like no one would pay for music online, Jobs’ launched ITunes which again took center stage in its market. Learn to believe in your ideas and always dream big. The only one stopping you, is YOU!

Stay Dedicated

“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.”

Steve Jobs always stayed dedicated to his vision, one being turning Apple into the biggest technology brand in the world. But it wasn’t all plain sailing, Steve Jobs, believe it or not, was fired from Apple in 1985. Jobs’ didn’t waste his time crying about it after being sacked from the company he founded, instead he went on to found another technology company called NeXT. In 1997, Apple decided to buy NeXT and hired Steve Jobs back as CEO of the company. We’re pretty sure there is a killer break up song in this story somewhere, but we’ll leave that to Taylor!

It took 12 years for Steve Jobs to earn the trust of his peers again and this shows you should always stay dedicated as there is no easy route to the top, even in your own company!

Be Innovative

“You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.”

We all love animated films! Think, Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc. Guess what? We have Steve Jobs to thank for those too! He was not just an innovator in PC’s but he also played a major part in many animated films we all love today! In 1986, Jobs bought the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm and renamed it Pixar Animation Studios. Yes! The actual Pixar Studios!?! Pixar have since gone on to produce 17 films, the first being the much loved Toy Story in 1996, which was the first ever computer animated feature film.

As well as Pixar, Jobs’ technology company NeXT introduced NeXTSTEP, the operating system that became the platform of which the first web browser was created and now, our much loved IOS. How’s that for innovation?

Be Creative

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it”.

Steve Jobs’ career was full of exciting ideas and innovative decisions that we can all learn from today. Steve Jobs was always a leading figure in the creative side of technology which he showed with the clean, friendly and fun design of all his Apple products. Jobs showed that sometimes, less is more and If there is one thing you can learn from his career, it is to always stay ahead of the game and don’t let your imagination go to waste. Expand your ideas, free your mind and don’t be afraid to think outside the box!

What are you waiting for!?! Get out there and innovate!

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