So I have ran across Steve jobs’ 12 rules of success and wanted to share. These rules aren’t just about success in work but success in life.
Read and heed, I say…
1. Do what you love to do
How much effort do you think you can give to a job or a business if you absolutely hate it? If you can find your true passion, then working is not really work at all.
This is the single biggest reason why most people burn out so quickly in their career or their business.
2. Differentiate yourself from others
I have talked about this before…don’t compare, differentiate!! If you are going to be successful, you have to be yourself.
3. Give your 110% effort every single time
Do your best at every job or business. Grab every single chance or opportunity to get ahead.
Life is short and you don’t get a chance to do that many things, and everyone should be really excellent.
Success begets more success, so always be hungry.
4. Have a list of your strengths and weakness
Constantly reflect on your own behaviour as well as the culture of your company on a piece of paper.
Make a list of strengths and weaknesses of yourself and your company and do not hesitate in throwing bad apples out of the company.
5. Be entrepreneurial
Always be on the lookout for the next big idea.
Find a set of ideas that need to be quickly and decisively acted upon and jump through that window.
Sometimes the first step is the hardest one.
Just take it! Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
6. Take baby steps, but think like the vast galaxy
Don’t worry about too many things at once.
Take a handful of simple things to begin with, and then progress to more complex ones.
Think about not just tomorrow, but the future.
“I want to put a ding in the universe,” reveal Steve Jobs his dream.
7. Strive to become #1
It is bad news even to be second.
The market share between #1 and #2 is the largest so never strive to be second.
I understood this principle after reading a book known as the Wallet Allocation Rule.
8. Focus with the end in mind
People judge you by your outcome, and not your process, so focus on the outcome.
Begin with the end in mind and let other know that you are the yardstick of quality.
Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.
Advertise. If they don’t know it, they won’t buy your product.
Pay attention to design. “We made the buttons on the screen look so good you’ll want to lick them.”
“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
9. Ask for feedback
Ask for feedback from people with diverse backgrounds.
Each one will tell you one useful thing.
If you’re at the top of the chain, sometimes people won’t give you honest feedback because they’re afraid.
In this case, disguise yourself, or get feedback from other sources. Focus on those who will use your product – listen to your customers first.
Innovation distinguishes a leader from a follower.
Delegate, let other top executives do 50% of your routine work to be able to spend 50% your time on the new stuff.
Say no to 1,000 things to make sure you don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much.
Concentrate on really important creations and radical innovation.
Hire people who want to make the best things in the world. You need a very product-oriented culture, even in a technology company.
Lots of companies have tons of great engineers and smart people.
But ultimately, there needs to be some gravitational force that pulls it all together.
11. Learn from failures
Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes.
It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.
12. Never stop learning
There’s always “one more thing” to learn!
Cross-pollinate ideas with others both within and outside your company.
Learn from customers, competitors and partners. If you partner with someone whom you don’t like, learn to like them – praise them and benefit from them.
Learn to criticize your enemies openly, but honestly.
All these points just make you a better person because you are trying your best and you will know it.