Written by John Chow on October 6, 2011
Steve was a more than a great leader and visionary. He was also one of the greatest teachers. Anyone wishing to succeed can take the following lessons from Steve Jobs’ life.
Live Each Day Like It’s Your Last
They say a man only truly lives when he knows he’s about to die. Also, keep in mind the following: If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right. Steve’s Stanford Commencement Speech in 2005 pretty much summed it up.
“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. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
Surround Yourself with Great People
While Apple is known for Steve Jobs, he did not build the company alone. Apple is made up of 1000′s of talented people. Steve’s genius was his ability to find these people and use them to the best of their abilities.
Many people are questioning if Apple will survive without Steve. If they truly know Steve Jobs, that questions wouldn’t even come up. Steve knew that Apple was not just him. Success is a team sport. A great leader is only as great as his supporting cast and thanks to Steve Jobs, Apple has one of the best supporting casts in the world.
You can not build an empire alone, and you shouldn’t even try. To reach the top of the success ladder, you will need help along the way. Don’t be afraid to ask for it.