Steve Jobs. The co-founder of Apple. Macintosh computers, iMacs, iPods, iPhones, iPads, iTunes, even Toy Story and Finding Nemo. What an amazing legacy. What an amazing leader. In business. And in life. Steve Jobs definitely put a ding in his universe.
Don’t you want to put a ding in your universe? In your life? Deep down, don’t we all desire that? I certainly do.
In Put a Ding in Your Universe, I will walk you through Steve Jobs’s “Top 10 Rules for Success”. This is not another retelling of the life story of Steve Jobs. This book is a compilation of the wisdom of one of the most successful and innovative business leaders of our generation.
Why Steve Jobs? The economy was not doing well and I was let go from my job. That was the first time I realized that I was not in control of my life. I was going with the flow and waiting for life to make the decisions for me. With Steve Jobs, it really was serendipity. I came across a 1994 video clip of Steve Jobs in which he said in part: “…when you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world, try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money…that’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.”
As I reflected on those words, my life changed. The clip is bookmarked on my browser. I still watch it every day to motivate myself. It was the first step in really beginning to direct my own life rather than letting life direct me. And that is Rule #1: Don’t live a limited life.
If you are an entrepreneur, or a prospective entrepreneur, the words of Steve Jobs will inspire you to move your ideas and your dreams to that next level. Even if you are not in business, you, your career, and your life will benefit from studying these “Top 10 Rules for Success”. Ideas such as: Have passion. Don’t sell crap. Build a great team. Be proud of your products. Stay hungry. Stay foolish. These concepts, these mantras, these values, even rules – they are as relevant today as they were when Steve Jobs first spoke or wrote of them.
Hear Steve Jobs’s original words. This book is simple and easy to understand. Nothing is complicated, difficult, or technical. Let Steve Jobs inspire you. Encourage you. Mentor you. Guide you in how you yourself can put a ding in your universe.