Inaccuracies of the ‘real’ story aside, there are some inspiring and motivating character traits weaved beautifully inside Jobs.
Here are Stella’s Top 9 Leadership and Life Qualities that you can take away from the Apple co-founder’s philosophy.
1. Experience Life
Jobs believed that a broad set of life experiences are essential for creativity to flourish.
I’m not dismissing the value of higher education; I’m simply saying it comes at the expense of experience.
Travel, read, learn a new language, challenge yourself, be brave and try new things!
2. Believe in YOU!
In the face of adversity, challenge, and rejection, Jobs sustained his unwavering belief in self; his vision and his ability.
Nurturing the innate ‘knowing’ inside yourself, that YOU CAN DO IT, is invaluable.
First believe it, then sustain that belief with resilience in order to continue your development and growth.
3. Champion Your Cause and Find Others Who Do Too!
There is no ‘I’ in Apple, or in Steve Jobs. His ethos was one of a cohesive vision. Jobs’ ethos that a company should function as a unified group with a shared vision connects with the benefit of having the support of someone who will champion your cause.
For the inspiration, the motivation, the constructive criticism and perfect honesty, encouragement and a solution when you can’t seem to find one – be it a friend, partner, life coach, mentor or teacher, – find, build and nurture a supportive relationship and champion each others’ cause.
4. Dare To Do It Different!
It’s not about doing better than the competition; it is about innovating and doing things different.
Jobs believed in having a vision and gambling on it, not making a “me, too” product. He was not satisfied with competing with IBM, he wanted to be set apart from them in every possible way.
If you are your most authentic self, there is no competition, for there is no other like you. Embrace your differences and harness them to create innovative, original work for yourself and the world.
5. It’s In the Detail
Creating and manifesting with quality, style and difference also means the details do matter.
From the design of Apple products to the box they arrived in, Jobs was adamant it was more than just a product. He saw Apple as an experience, an extension of self, and that meant ensuring the finest details were not skipped over and ignored, but refined and given the attention they deserve.
Do you pay attention to the finer details of your work and creations?
6. Look Outside the Box
Jobs encouraged looking beyond what we already knew, and what already existed. He focused on what could be created that would serve a purpose, fulfil a need and do so while also exceeding current norms and expectation.
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently…they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
To do this we need to step outside our comfort zone of the familiar.
Collaborate with creative minds and people from different backgrounds, cultures and experiences.
Shed new light and allow both you and your work to benefit, grow and florish.
7. Passion and Perseverance
Jobs was passionate and with that came his perseverance.
It [what you choose to do] has got to be something that you’re passionate about because otherwise you won’t have the perseverance to see it through.
Having a devoted passion for what you do means you will have the dedication to see it through.
8. Change, Influence & Build Your Own that Others Can Use
The one quote from iJobs that Ashton Kutcher himself has used recently at the Teen Choice Awards;
Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you, and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.
Create for yourself and others.
Ashton Kutcher’s Teen Choice Award speech highlighting Steve Jobs philosophy
9. Make it great!
In your life you only get to do so many things and right now we’ve chosen to do this, so let’s make it great.
Jobs gave this advice to Disney’s Chief Creative Officer, John Lasseter, some time before he took the Disney position.
Lasseter recalls his first meeting with Steve Jobs after Jobs bought Pixar in 1986.
Working on a short film at the time, Lasseter says Jobs spoke with him and asked he do one thing: “Make it great.”
The short film, Tin Toy, went on to win the first academy award ever given for computer animation and set the foundation for what we now know as Toy Story.
Lasseter has said on numerous occasions that those three words “make it great” have applied to every frame of every Pixar movie he worked on.
From the iJobs Soundtrack:
Roll with the Changes, REO Speedwagon
At the core of this biopic there is more than a man and a machine; iJobs is a story of a remarkable mans business philosophy and approach to life.
Steve Jobs’ leadership, unwavering passion and persistence for creating with a unified vision, to “make it great”, is a mark that remains synonymous with Apple.
StellaTribe: What moves you?
What makes you feel alive and strive?
Do you have passion and persistence to see your ideas, visions, goals and dreams through? To realise them and make them great?
Go get creative and share your passion with the world, we are eager to share the LoveLight with you!