Steve Jobs' Essential ingredients for Success

Many things have been written about Steve Jobs, from his personal struggles to his genius. When it comes to his business prowess, creativity and thought leadership, his accomplishments are second to none. Three lessons that entrepreneurs and founders can continue to learn from Steve Jobs are:

1. Keep your Faith and Trust your team:

Technology is nothing. What's important is that you have a faith in people, that they're basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they'll do wonderful things with them.

Whilst some consider Jobs a master manipulator, this quote from Jobs highlights that need to ensure the team is empowered. It's your responsibility as leader to enable them for success.

2. Stay Curios and Hungry:

One of most powerful quotes associated with Steve Jobs is from the commencement speech he gave at Stanford in 1995:

 “Stay hungry, stay foolish.” 

This quote has been analyzed with varying degrees of freedom. For entrepreneurs and founders, this takeaway is simple: Don't become complacent at the first sign of success. Success is not a one time thing and it will not last - so you have to constantly work at it.

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3. Celebrate your Failures:

Apple’s founder is the poster child for transitioning from failure to success: The tech mastermind dropped out of college, launched a business, got kicked out of it and later rejoined it when it failing, leading it one of the most trusted brands across the globe.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life,” he says. “All fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.

To wrap this up:

Here are a couple more quotes from Steve Jobs, on why passion and sustained efforts, are the mystery ingredients for continued success.

“People say you have to have a lot of passion for what you’re doing and it’s totally true,” the Apple CEO said. “And the reason is because [building something of value is] so hard that if you don’t, any rational person would give up."

“It’s really hard. And you have to do it over a sustained period of time. So if you don’t love it, if you’re not having fun doing it ... you’re going to give up. And that’s what happens to most people, actually,” Jobs said.

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