Inspirational Biz Tips from Steve Jobs

A series of Business Tips from Steve JobsSteve Jobs

Steven Paul Jobs, February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011, was an American entrepreneur, businessman, inventor, and industrial designer. He was the co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer (CEO) of Apple Inc.; CEO and majority shareholder of Pixar; a member of The Walt Disney Company’s board of directors following its acquisition of Pixar; and founder, chairman, and CEO of NeXT. Jobs and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak are widely recognized as pioneers of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s.(Wikipedia)

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.
~Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs is someone near and dear to my heart, in part, because we grew up in the same city and attended the same schools (although he was a few years behind me).

Having grown up in the Bay area (now referred to as Silicon Valley), I watched and understood his drive to do better things with his life.  We all grew up during the era and environment where excellence was expected.  Most of my classmates entered the University of California system out of high school and went on to excel in their particular fields.

Of course, not many of us were as famous or as inventive as Steve Jobs and his business partners.  But as long as we continue to be a yardstick of quality, we succeeded in life.

Thanks Steve for showing us all what it is like to be excellent!!


Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.
— Steve Jobs

Statistics show that a large percentage of people dislike their job.  How incredibly sad!!  But this is probably one of the reasons why many folks become entrepreneurs running their own business(es).

But whether you work for someone or you are running your own business, if you don’t love what you do, you probably won’t do great work, like Steve says.

I left my job in 1999 because my new boss was not interested in doing what worked to sell products (I was a manager in a retail chain) as much as he was interested in throwing his weight around.  A job I love — where I created a great environment for customers and personnel — turned into drudgery for me.  It was not long after that I quit and became partners in a new venture with my husband.

I decided not to settle.  And as time went on with my business, I continued to follow my heart to where I am now!


You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
~Steve Jobs

I found this quote to be very intriguing:  Look backwards to connect to your future?

After much thought, I agree that what we do today frames our future.  So having said that, we can’t see what our future holds without seeing what we did in the past.

For example, if we focus on a goal and work in that direction, our future will blossom around that goal.  But if we wander around aimlessly, our future will be a jumbled mess!

Your gut, destiny, life or karma …. we do ‘reap what we sow’.  So then, if we sow productivity, we will reap the rewards of being productive.

Really, can’t get any plainer than that!!


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