7 Lessons from Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
1. Dear Parents, Do Your Best.
Although Steve Jobs's biological mother was poor and had to put him up for adoption, she insisted that whoever was adopting him must make sure he went to college. She had not gone to college herself, and she saw the consequences it brought to her. She wanted the best for her son by all means. Some couples came to adopt Steve Jobs, but she refused, insisting that they must make a promise to send him to college. Paul Jobs and Clara Jobs agreed to send him to college. They did send him to college with all their savings. Parents, do your best for your children.
2. Putting A Dent On The World
Steve Jobs had always wanted to put a dent on the world. He had read and followed the lives of great people such as Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Walt Disney, and others, and he wanted to leave his mark on the world. He wanted to "put a dent on the world." He believed he was in this world to make a difference. He believed his life was unique and that he had a purpose; he had something to change about the world. And indeed, he went on to change the world in remarkable ways. If you don't believe in yourself, there is no way you can do big things.
3. Follow Your Passion
The only way to do great work is to love your work".
If you don't love what you are doing, there is no way you can give your best. Steve Jobs loved his work. He loved everything he was doing. In fact, at one point, he was receiving a $1 salary. He used the same car for two decades, and didn't change it for anything. He was just not in it for the money. He loved his work. He loved designing and creating things. He loved inventing things.
4. Connecting Dots
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards Soren Kierkegaard
Steve Jobs dropped out of college, but he stayed on campus, joining any class of his choice. In his random attendance, he attended a calligraphy class that stayed in his mind. Nearly 20 years later, when they were designing the early computers, he told the engineers that they should insert fonts. Why? He had seen the use of fonts in that class, which was beautiful. Today, nearly all computers have some type of font. Thanks to that class that he coincidentally entered. Of course, you can't understand life at once; give it time. It will make sense in the end. The dots will connect when you look back many years. Just do your best right now.
5. Learn From Defeats
Steve Jobs was fired from Apple, a computer he founded after building it for ten years. Apple had become a $2 billion company with 4,000 employees. He had orchestrated the arrival of many new executives, such as John Sculley. It was John Sculley that orchestrated his firing. And what did he say about this period? I didnt see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life. There's always something to learn from our worse defeats.
6. Remember that you will die
Steve Jobs approached Walter Isaacson to write this book because he learned he had cancer and could die at any moment. He wanted to leave behind an official record of his life. He wanted to leave his dent on the universe. Sadly, he died even before the book was published. He died on 5th October 2011 at the age of 56. The book was published on 24th October 2011. You should always remember that you will die someday. All your life should be a preparation for that day. Memento mori.
7. Here's To The Crazy Ones
In one of the most iconic adverts of all time, Apple did this ad called Here's To The Crazy Ones." It is the perfect description of Steve Jobs's life. But more than that, it is the most powerful manifesto for anyone who wants to change the world. I suggest you print this and paste it on your world so it reminds you every day I have my copy;
Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
Here's to the crazy ones.