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Steve Jobs: 9 Valuable Lessons for Entrepreneurs

Steve Jobs was a truly inspiring man whose beliefs and practices have inspired many people.

Following are the top nine most inspiring lessons I have learned from Steve Jobs:

#1 Do things right

At a young age, Steve Jobs learned a  valuable lesson from his father: to craft the back of cabinets and  fences properly, even though they were hidden.
 Jobs learned at an  early age that it was important to do things the right way. From the  inside out, Steve Jobs believed in simple, beautiful design even on the  parts of the product that you don’t see.


#2 Use simplicity in design

People like easy solutions to problems,  and Jobs understood that. Apple devices integrate hardware and software  flawlessly through simple design. Apple strips any unnecessary features  from their products. Steve Jobs prided himself on his design philosophy  that he carried with him throughout his time at Apple: Jobs felt that  design simplicity should be linked by making products easy to use.

#3 Focus is important

Steve Jobs had the ability to focus  intensely on only a handful of core objectives. It was important to him  to focus on developing 1 amazing product at a time, instead of 1000  mediocre ones.

#4 Don’t let others say you can’t do something

A job was known for his futuristic  imagination when developing products. Often, the Apple engineers would  tell him that his ideas were not possible and could not happen. Jobs  would tell them to find a way to do it. Steve Jobs adopted the mindset  that if he decided that something should happen, then he was just going  to make it happen.

#5 Understand customer needs and wants

Jobs had a unique ability to anticipate  future technology that people don’t even know they needed. Jobs  completely revolutionized the computer, music, phone, and tablet  industry. Jobs philosophy is summed up in this quote: Jobs ability to  understand human desire and what the next breakthrough technology would  be, allowed him to create great companies founded on well designed  products.

#6 it’s not about the money

Steve Jobs did not care about money when  he built companies. He believed that you should never start a company  with the goal of getting rich. Your goal should be making something you  believe in and making a company that will last.

#7 Recuit ‘A’ players to your team

Recruiting A players to your team is  crucial! Players are the brains behind great ideas and great products.  Surrounding yourself with smart, innovative people is the best way to  jumpstart a business. But, A players typically like to work with other A  players, says Jobs. So, save yourself both time and money by focusing  on only hiring A players into your organization.

#8 ‘Talk the talk’ before you can ‘walk the walk’

Jobs was very confident in his  abilities, yet extremely persistent with his beliefs. He did not always  have the power, or the seniority to voice his opinion so strongly, but  Jobs taught me to pretend to be completely in control and people will  assume that you are. People naturally like to follow others who exude  confidence (not to be confused with cockiness). Jony Ive sums up Job’s  persuasive abilities:

#9 Only accept product perfection

Jobs was known to either think something  was the greatest thing ever, or think it was awful. There was no in  between. Steve Jobs was incredibly passionate about his products, and he  showed it. Don’t settle for something just to meet a deadline, work on  your product until it is perfect and you are 100% proud of it.

These lessons from Steve Jobs can be  very beneficial to you and your business. Think about them and  brainstorm how you can utilize them within your business.
 For  further reading on Steve Jobs, I highly recommend you pick up your own  copy of Walter Isaacson’s Biography on Steve Jobs. To this day, it is  one of the best books I have read.

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Daryn Weatherman

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