3 Lessons Learnt From Steve Jobs The Iconic Figure of 21St Century
Though considered as the pioneer of the current technology, throughout his life Steve Job has taught us why you shouldn’t throw the towel when you hit failure and how you can mold it into success.
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas A. Edison
Just like Edison, Newton and Einstein, Steve Jobs has left an ineradicable presence in the world. Though, he was a great leader, innovator and a trendsetter, but at the end of the day he was a human just like us. Just like the rest of us, he was also hit by failure throughout his life but he had never once given up on the face of defeat. Instead, he stood again, started everything right from the scratch and became what he is now still considered as, i.e., a charismatic and enigmatic personality.
The co-founder of the most-renowned company Apple Inc., Steve Jobs introduced many ground-breaking technologies to the society like iPod, iPhone and iPad. A great number of memoirs, biographies and other write-ups have been written on his personal and professional life. However, if we take a deep look at this life, we’ll know that he wasn’t always a successful entrepreneur or prominent personality as he is considered now.
Through his biographies or autobiographies, we learn that he came from a middle-class family and during his youth he struggled quite hard with the hardships of life. So, how did a person with such background and frustrating youth, got up on his feet and became the icon of the 21st Century?
Failure # 1 – Dropout from Reed College, Oregon
By overcoming his first failure, Job has taught us why failure of education shouldn’t impede you from making your dream a reality. Steve Job was only a high-school pass out student. Though he was enrolled at Reed College, but due to the lack of financial support he was compelled to dropout. However, such failure didn’t stop this man from pursuing his interest or dreams.
“If I had never dropped in on that single calligraphy course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts.”
The point here isn’t that education is unnecessary or insignificant for your career. No, certainly not. But the main point here is that you shouldn’t give up on your dream if you don’t have a higher degree.
Failure # 2 – Fired by his own company, Apple Inc.
It is true that people feel quite frustrated and infuriated when they are dumped by a company or organization due to any reason. Many people consider attempting suicide due to the elevating stress and even many gets successful. But, how do you think Job had felt when he was thrown out from his own company that he co-founded with his friend “Woz”, i.e., Steve Wozniak.
Still, he didn’t falter or attempt any suicide due to humiliation or stress but remain optimistic because of his interest, passion and never wavering nature. Job said,
“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,”
He stood up again, founded his own company NeXT and bought Pixar. Today, we all know where Pixar (The Computer Animation Film Studio) is now and how prominent it is.
If you meet with such unfortunate event, do not think it is the end of your life but think of it as a new beginning.
Failure # 3 – Established NeXT, a futile (unsuccessful) venture
They say that if you have a positive attitude and the right mindset, success will come itself to your doorstep. However, you never know what form success would take when it knocks at your door since sometimes it takes the form of a failure. You have to learn from your failure to achieve success just like Jobs.
In 1985, when Steve Jobs founded his company NeXT, the venture didn’t pan out the way he wanted, i.e., it failed to achieve the success that Apple did. Nonetheless, Jobs never admitted defeat and in 1986 he bought Pixar which is now become a pretty prominent company.
Later, when Apple was beyond the recovery point due to its huge financial losses, Jobs returned back to the company made it what is now today, a legendary tech industry in the whole wide world. This all happened only due to the strong determination of Steve Jobs. As he said,
“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”
So what we learn from the legendary life of Steve Jobs is that you can always turn your huge failures into huge success if you have strong determination, conviction and passion.