One of the biggest, brightest and most innovative minds that ever lived on this planet left his legacy behind him with timeless wisdom that we should repeat forever after.
Here are 7 things he said that we should say every single day:
1. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
There is a major difference between dreamers and doers. There are millions of us who have ideas and thoughts but we hesitate to act on them, and they ultimate become regrets and ‘what ifs’. If we don’t believe in our ideas and turn them into realities, we remain dreamers and never become doers and innovators. If one has to think about one has had, if he/she worked on them without hesitation it would probably have worked out just fine. It is true that above will not be the case all the time but if you don’t do it, you will never know.
2. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”
Success is never the result of the bare minimum. Success can only be achieved when one puts in their all and more, when one does more than one is ‘supposed to do’. You should be doing the best you can while looking for opportunities to do even better as the road to success is not an easy one, but one that demands extreme perseverance and not giving up. Going the extra mile, and sticking out until you complete something you started is essential. Start early and end late, give your idea your everything.
3. “My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other, and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: Great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.”
Choose the right people to surround you to work with. Find people who understand how you work and complement your style as well as work hard and possess a level of tenacity. Perfect accomplishment of tasks demands a team and proper coordination of that team. Employ people who are driven, motivated and ethical. To do this, you need to embody the above characteristics because driven employees want to work for similar people and not someone who is complacent and laid back.
4. “My favourite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”
Time management is an important skill that helps almost every situation one might find oneself in, not just professional. It is said that great men manage time and time manages ordinary men. This is the point that differentiates you from the rest. Look for and devise ways that help you complete tasks effectively and in the shortest time possible so that you find extra time in your hands to get even more work done. Time, once spent, cannot be earned again and one only has so much time.
Use it wisely and effectively.
5. “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”
Failure isn’t ultimate. Everyone fails at some point or the other but it is essential to accept the failure and learn from it, while you move on to something new. It is also instrumental that you don’t blame other external things for your failures but also don’t beat yourself up to the extent that you give up. Accept that you went wrong, analyse, learn and get right on to your next project, with the wisdom gathered.
Failing sometimes is okay, letting it rule you, however, is not.
6. “I didn’t return to Apple to make a fortune. I’ve been very lucky in my life and already have one. When I was 25, my net worth was $100 million or so. I decided then that I wasn’t going to let it ruin my life. There’s no way you could ever spend it all, and I don’t view wealth as something that validates my intelligence.”
Money and happiness are two words that are often used together but ultimately are far from being the same thing. Money can give you choices, opportunities and other material things, but not something as abstract as happiness or satisfaction, except temporarily. Its not money that will fill your heart with a feeling you can’t describe, but experiences and memories, that, incidentally money can’t buy. Money can buy you a new car which will make you happy temporarily but will soon feel ‘old’ and unimportant. Unlike material things, experiences and feelings will always remain new and fresh.
7. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And 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.”
Sometimes it takes time to realise what you truly love or what your calling is. There is nothing to worry about in such a case, because the human mind is a wonderful thing that can learn things and grow to love the things it has learnt. Find something that interests you, learn about it, work hard and soon you will find that the satisfaction of doing something with dedication is more fulfilling than you could have ever imagined.
All it takes is an undaunted spirit and a true desire to work and deliver.