To say that Steve Jobs was an inspiration to the technology industry is an understatement. When looking back on his career and the legacy he left behind, I can recall three important lessons that I have learned from Steve Jobs:
1. Perseverance – Perseverance is by far, the most important lesson that I have learned from Steve Jobs. Jobs overcame many challenges in his lifetime and he persevered through every failure he faced. From dropping out of college to being fired from his own company to releasing products that failed miserably, Jobs never let his failures define his future. He challenged himself to think creatively and move on to the next opportunity.
“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.” – Steve Jobs
2. Innovation – What made Jobs brilliant was his innovative and intuitive thinking. Jobs thought of ideas before the consumers realized that there was a need for them. His innovation and creative thinking was the key factor in driving the market to where it is now.
“It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” – Steve Jobs, BusinessWeek interview, May 1998
3. Simplicity – When I think of Apple products, the first thing that comes to mind are the clean lines and the simple, easy to use devices. Jobs used the same approach when selling the products. Instead of describing the powerful technology in each device, he focused on the ease of use and simplicity of the interface.
“That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” – Steve Jobs