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Steve Jobs' Rules for Success

Passion, persistence, motivation and being an astute talent scout are key attributes to being successful. These attributes are all important to sustain your organisation.

Late visionary CEO of Apple Inc, Steve Jobs, did a TV interview a few years ago in which he explains his rules for success.

“You have to really look at the ones that ended up being ‘successful’ in the eyes of society.”

“Oftentimes, the ones that are successful love what they did. They persevered when it got really tough,” he adds.

The sane ones who don’t love what they do, quit.

These people are saying, “Who would want to put up with this stuff if you don’t love it!”

Perseverance and passion are both important for staying motivated in your career.

Jobs’ thinks work needs to be fun. You lack motivation when you don’t love what you do and have fun doing it.

“It’s really hard! Any rational person would give up,” Jobs says.
This is because your career is done over a sustained period of time.

He continues: “If you don’t love [what you do] you are going to fail.”
You worry constantly when you do a job or career you don’t love.

The high order bit is, “You gotta love it! You gotta have passion!”
You also have to be a really good talent scout.

“No matter how smart you are you need a team of really great people,” Jobs’ says.

Refine your intuition.

“You’ve gotta figure out how to size people up fairly quickly,” before hiring someone.

“Be able to help build an organisation that can eventually just build itself,” he concludes.

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