Steve Jobs’ Advice for Success

Blog 35Steve Jobs has some great business advice for those of us eager to succeed at work. According to this I.T. entrepreneur and inventor, (known for being the co-founder and CEO of Apple), being ourselves is foundational to being successful.

He said, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living some else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

To Steve Jobs, everything is secondary to his primary concern that we be ourselves. I summarize his sentiment this way:

  • Life is short.
  • Live your life.
  • Listen to your inner voice.
  • Be courageous.
  • Follow your heart.
  • Become yourself.

Great advice. Hard to do. To make this process easier for people, one of my favorite things to do as a Life Coach with my clients is to give them various assessments that allow them to see their unique personality, their core values, and their innate strengths more objectively. Being ourselves first involves being aware of who we were created to be (not who others tell us to be).

As Steve Jobs said,“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living some else’s life.”  So take some time to become self-aware of who you are, what you like, and how you want to make a difference on the planet. Quit looking around at everyone else. Be yourself! Write out some goals. Get feedback from family and friends. Do some discovery exercises on line, if you like.

The world is filled with way too many copycats. Think fingerprint, think snowflake, and bring your own interesting self to the table. Offer your uniqueness as a gift to the world. And if you want a little help in the process, consider investing in a Life Coach who will partner with you in discovering your signature strengths and in setting your compass on its own personalized path–so you’ll have a lifetime of being yourself and enjoying it!