Steve Jobs: 9 Valuable Lessons for Entrepreneurs

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

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

#1 Do things right

At a young age, Steve Jobs learned a priceless lesson from his father: to craft the back of cabinets and fences properly, even though they were hidden.

Jobs learned while very young that it was important to do things the proper way. From the inside out, Steve Jobs supported simple, beautiful design even on the parts of the product that you do not see.

#2 Use simplicity in design

People like easy ways of problems, and Jobs understood that. Apple devices integrate hardware and software flawlessly through simple design. Apple strips any unnecessary features from other products. Steve Jobs prided himself on his design philosophy that he carried with him throughout his time at Apple:

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." - Medical

Jobs felt that design simplicity ought to be linked by making products user friendly.

#3 Focus is important

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

"People think focus means saying yes to the thing you've got to focus on. But that's not what it means at all. This means saying no to the hundred other guidelines that there are. You have to pick carefully." - Medical

#4 Don't let others say you cannot do something

Jobs was famous for his futuristic imagination when developing products. Often, the Apple engineers would be sure he understands that his ideas just weren't possible and could not take place. Jobs would inform them to find a way to do it.

"What happened was, the designers came up with this excellent idea... and the engineers go, "Nah, we're not able to do that, That's impossible."... the manufacturing people... go "We can't build that!" And it gets a lot worse... And i also said "No, no, we're achieving this." And they said, "Well, why?" And I said, "Because I'm the CEO and I think it can be done." Plus they kind of begrudgingly did it. However it was a big hit."

Medical adopted the mindest if he decided that something happen, then he was just intending to make it happen.

#5 Understand customer wants and needs

Jobs had a unique power to anticipate future technology that individuals don't even know they needed. Jobs completely revolutionized laptop computer, music, phone, and tablet industry. Jobs philosophy is summed up in this quote:

"If we are able to rap about their needs, feelings, and motivations, we can respond appropriately by offering them what they want" - Health-related reasons

Jobs ability to understand human desire and what the next breakthrough technology would be, allowed him to create great companies founded on properly designed products.

#6 It's not in regards to the money

Steve Jobs failed to care about money when he built companies. He believed that you should never start a company with the goal of getting rich. Your main goal should be making something believe in and setting up a company that will last.

#7 Recuit 'A' players for your team

Recruiting A players on your team is crucial! A players would be the brains behind great ideas and great products. Surrounding yourself with smart, innovative people is the better way to jumpstart a small business.

"Great things in business aren't done by one person, they're created by a team of people." - Jobs

But, A players typically love to work with other A players, says Jobs. So, save both time and money by concentrating on only hiring A players in your organization.

#8 'Talk the talk' before you can 'walk the walk'

Jobs was very confident in his abilities, yet extremely persistent together with his beliefs. He failed to always have the power, or seniority to voice his opinion so strongly, but Jobs educated me to pretend to be completely responsible and people will think that you are. People naturally prefer to follow others who exude confidence (never to be confused with cockiness). Jony Ive sums up Job's persuasive abilities:

"There can be something he knows absolutely nothing about, these types of his crazy style and utter conviction, he can convince people that he knows what he's referring to." - Jony Ive

#9 Only accept product perfection

Jobs was seen to either think something was the best thing ever, or think it absolutely was awful. There was no among. Steve Jobs was incredibly passionate about his products, anf the husband showed it. Don't settle for something just to meet a deadline, work on your product until it can be perfect and you are 100% proud of it.


These lessons from Jobs can be very beneficial to both you and your business. Think about them and brainstorm ways to utilize them within your business.

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