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7 Life Lessons From Steve Jobs

I wonder if this was what it was like when Thomas Edison died?  When news of Steve Jobs’ death came out earlier this year, people were devastated.   Jobs was a true innovator and they just don’t come around too often.  In addition to his dizzying array of technological miracles, he left behind some great words of wisdom.  As you try and reach your next goal, you would do well to think about how Steve would approach it.

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I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”  – Steve Jobs

Life is pretty simple – the more you put into it, the more you get out of it.  People who succeed aren’t usually lucky.  They are hard workers.  By doing their homework and paying their dues, they put themselves in a position to pounce on an opportunity when it passes by.  Unfortunately, so many people stop short of their goals.  You never know when turning that last corner will put you at the finish line – so keep at it!

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” – Steve Jobs

This puts risk-taking into perspective.  Everything is temporary.  We all have a limited time to live our lives.  How we spend that time is up to us.  So often, the fear of failure keeps people from trying new things.  If you can set aside the fear of failure, you open up a whole universe of new possibilities.  Make no mistake, the more things you try – the more things you will fail at.  That’s just how it works.   If you are succeeding 100% of the time, then you probably aren’t setting your goals high enough.  Prepare for a little bit of failure, but don’t let it stop you from trying.  As they say, it is the valleys that make the mountains look so tall.

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs

The great thing about being an innovator is that there is nothing you are competing against.  YOU are the standard.  That is why it is so critical to stretch yourself – whether it is art, blogging or business.   Don’t be one of the people trying to re-invent the wheel.  Be the person INVENTING the wheel!

I want to put a ding in the universe.” – Steve Jobs

To me, this is one of Jobs’ most memorable quotes.  It is all about leaving the world a little bit better than it was before you got here.  That comes from innovation, risk-taking and just doing the right thing.  Are you starting to see how all these quotes kind of point you in the same direction?  Good – keep going!

Quality is more important than quantity.  One home run is much better than two doubles.” – Steve Jobs

This is a big one for bloggers.  If you can only come up with enough content for 2 quality posts per week – then that is what you should produce.  Don’t try and fill in the week with 2 more junk posts – just to make it look like you are more active.  Nobody is going to share 10 mediocre posts, but they will certainly share 1 fabulous post.  Make sure you are shooting for fabulous!

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs

I’m very lucky to live my life doing what I love.  If I was lucky enough to win the lottery tomorrow, I would still be doing pretty much the same thing:  photography.  Sure, I’d do more traveling and probably buy a bunch of extra gear that I don’t need – but my job would essentially be the same.  Having a passion for your occupation almost guarantees that you will do a better job.  So are you following YOUR dreams?

“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”

Not technically a Steve Jobs quote – but a line that will forever be associated with him.  He got the saying from a Whole Earth Catalog back in the 70s.  They displayed the quote on the back cover of their final issue.  It obviously had a huge impact on Jobs.  It pretty much sums up his strategy of working hard and not worrying about failure.  It is an easy concept to understand, but a difficult one to always follow.

Now What?

So now it is your turn.  What are your goals?  What are your dreams?
Figure out where you want to go, then come up with a plan to get there.

Stay hungry and stay foolish!

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About Larry Lourcey

Plano portrait artist, Larry Lourcey, holds the designation of Master Photographer awarded by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2007.  Several of Larry’s images have been selected for the prestigious PPA Loan Collection, including an image displayed at Imaging Asia in 2005. While Lourcey is most recognized for his black and white photography, the breadth of his work includes vibrant photo paintings, Polaroid transfers, and photographic collages.  He derives his inspiration from master painters like John Singer Sargent and Edgar Degas, while embracing the bold styles of more modern greats; such as Pino Daeni. In his free time, Larry enjoys trying to find free time. Follow him on Twitter as @larryphoto

About Larry Lourcey

Plano portrait artist, Larry Lourcey, holds the designation of Master Photographer awarded by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2007.  Several of Larry’s images have been selected for the prestigious PPA Loan Collection, including an image displayed at Imaging Asia in 2005. While Lourcey is most recognized for his black and white photography, the breadth of his work includes vibrant photo paintings, Polaroid transfers, and photographic collages.  He derives his inspiration from master painters like John Singer Sargent and Edgar Degas, while embracing the bold styles of more modern greats; such as Pino Daeni.

In his free time, Larry enjoys trying to find free time. Follow him on Twitter as @larryphoto

Comments

  1. Of course when it says Steve Jobs people listen because he was so successful himself. Some of the things you mention are actually spiritual principles, like I write about in my blog. It is a different way of thinking than the world we live in so most people don’t look at things that way. These are good advice, such as putting failure into perspective. Educational post. Keep spreading the message.
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  2. He is such an inspiring man..brilliant and a genius. He inspired an entire generation with these words.RIP Steve JObs
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  3. the written word is so powerful. Less is definitely more and I love the simplicity and depth of Steven Job’s quotes.Thanks for fitting tribute.

  4. Hi Larry,

    My first time here visiting your site. Very nice!

    I love the wisdom and imprint Steve Jobs left on the world. This was the example of a true leader here. His quotes are poignant and lessons to live by.

    Great article! 🙂

    Best regards,
    Cat Alexandra
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  5. Okay, now reread my post on How to Win the Lottery and FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS. 🙂 I’m counting on you!!
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  6. If you win the lottery, buy all that gear you want and don’t need, and let me have your hand-me-downs? I still want a high-end DSLR and maybe a green screen or some kind of lighting (I also love macro photography, so maybe you could teach me some tricks that would make it easier to pass myself off as someone who actually has a clue?) Only if you win the lottery, mind. You ain’t winnin’ this! 😉

    Well, you might. But I was having a cocky moment, there. Rereading this post, it has totally passed. Jobs really was a one-of-a-kind inspiration, wasn’t he?
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