Steve Jobs - Being True To Yourself
For many people the name Steve Jobs is associated with inspiration, because this astonishingly ingenious person has changed our lives with his creative thinking and innovation.
The life of Steve Jobs symbolizes many things associated with freedom and creativeness. His attitude towards life and job deserve particular attention. Pointing out the transience and brevity of life, Jobs stressed the importance of attempting to achieve as much as possible throughout your life. I believe that living every day as if it was the last day of his life particularly helped Jobs to accomplish great things, to make the big choices in life.
He is a great inspiration for those who haven’t found their place in the world, or those who have a favorite job in which they haven’t yet succeeded. Jobs recommended those who haven’t found their job, to keep looking, and never to underestimate themselves, to believe in the value of their work. What is especially interesting about the life and work of Steve Jobs, is that it encourages us not to stop when we achieve something, and in case of succeeding, to set bigger goals and pursue them. The life of Steve Jobs symbolizes continuous effort, never giving up on your dreams and goals, the symbol of believing in yourself no matter what.
Another reason why I admire Steve Jobs, is that he strongly believed that the aim of technology is to help people, to make their life easier. “You may have a child with a birth defect and be able to get in touch with other parents and support groups, get medical information, the latest experimental drugs. These things can profoundly influence life.” In his opinion, if the innovative technologies can change the lives of some people to the better, than the goal is achieved.
The conscientious approach of Jobs towards work and the products he invented is definitely worth noting. He wanted the products to be perfect, without drawbacks, whether the people directly noticed this or not. This quality is not so easily found in our modern world, where money rules over other important aspects. „When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.” This quote by Jobs is much more interesting than it may sound at first. It expresses not only honest approach towards work, but towards life, yourself and people. It is the trait of being true to yourself first of all, being honest and conscientious not only on the surface, but from the inside. It excludes being superficial, being what other people want you to be, doing right or good only when other people see you.
All the attention to money seemed humorous to Jobs, because it wasn’t the most valuable thing for him. He realized that in the end it doesn’t matter if you’re the richest man. All that matters is what you have done, what you have left to the humankind. Indeed, Steve Jobs has left a lot.
Besides being a great innovator, Jobs undoubtedly was a great manager as well. He realized that in order for an innovation to work successfully, and to be liked and accepted, the work of the ordinary employees is of utmost importance. He valued workers and believed in their strength. I think this indicates he was a humble man. “Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.” Believing that anyone can succeed with hard work, at the same time he realized the great significance of good and efficient management. “This is not a one-man show. What’s reinvigorating this company is two things: One, there’s a lot of really talented people in this company who listened to the world tell them they were losers for a couple of years, and some of them were on the verge of starting to believe it themselves.” Definitely, the world can be cruel sometimes, and make a talented person believe he is a loser. Thus, we should follow Jobs’ advice, and believe that it doesn’t matter what the world says you are, you should keep trying, keep going forward, and faith in your strength can help you do miracles.
For me Steve Jobs is definitely the symbol of freedom, especially freedom of thought and intellectual independence. He believed in the things I consider exemplary, such as: believing in yourself, pursuing your dreams, making useful inventions, using your time effectively, being able to independently tell the right from wrong, without basing your life on the thinking and decisions of other people. And “have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” I am sure Jobs realized that being true to what you believe, and never compromising, will not necessarily cause everyone to like you, but being liked by everyone was of secondary importance to him.
Those are the reasons why I believe Steve Jobs is one of the greatest and exemplary people in the world. I said “is”, and not “was”, because although he is no longer alive, his life, his work and his words are still there as evidence for us to observe, keep in mind and look up to.