There’s something about Steve Jobs that sets him apart in his industry: personality. He was an artist in his own way, and taught the world several lessons that all creative minds can appreciate. Here is a list of 10 lessons that creatives can learn from this modern day legend:
10. Show,Don't tell
Jobs stayed true to this adage, by demonstrating new products and services during Keynote presentations. You need to show people innovation before they can truly appreciate it.
9. Love Every Minute of Your Work
He was incredibly passionate about breaking down the big scary monster known as technology, and making it accessible to absolutely everyone. Anyone who saw him speak on the subject knew that he truly loved his calling.
8. Think You Have Something to Loose? Think Again!
Steve Jobs faced the fear of death for quite a few years, and took advantage of the freedom that this outlook provided. Everyone’s life story ends the same way, so take advantage of the time you have. Take risks, because your legacy is going to be defined by your successes.
7. It’s Easier to Win When You’re Writing the Rules
Before other computer companies, Apple branched themselves out into products for the everyday user. The iPod changed the face of the mobile music industry, and the iPhone is still a dominant force in the smartphone market. Jobs continually changed the rules of the game, and everyone else is just trying to keep up.
6. Trust Yourself
When you’re being innovative, the only way to really separate genius from insanity is to trust yourself. Consider this quote from Jobs, whenever you doubt your vision:
“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.”
5. Simplicity Can Be Complex
Apple products are branded for their ease of use and intuitive interface, although the technology behind them is mind-boggling. This type of simplicity engages an audience and eases them into a complex world.
4. Creativity Can Sneak Up On You
Creative people can’t turn that part of their brain off, it just works. Simply put, the process just happens: “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.”
3. Rebels Change The World
Those who deviate from the established path discover shortcuts that eventually become “the way”. People tend to be scared of ideas which are new, but take this reaction as inspiration! You can only change the world if you’re not afraid to see things differently.
2. Quality Must Be All Encompassing
Apple designs computers and devices that fire on all cylinders. They look incredible, the interface is very easy to use, and the technology within is impressive. Jobs didn’t like to cut back anywhere, he knew that the quality had to be carried the entire way through.
1. Expand Your Audience’s Horizons
Steve Jobs didn't like using focus groups, and preferred to take customers places they never imagined possible. You can’t play to your audience’s expectations. He quoted Henry Ford on this topic, saying “If I had asked my customers what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse.”
So, what are the lessons you've learnt from Steve Jobs?