Though Steve Jobs died early in life, his incredible set of daily habits separated the founder and CEO of one of the biggest companies in the world apart from the rest of us. What can we learn from Jobs, and how can we apply his habits to our life?
Jobs (along with Steve Wozniak) started the Apple computer company back in 1977, revolutionizing computers and how we interface with machines. His success did not come by accident. He was determined and unique. Creative and acutely disciplined.
He did things differently. Here are the three biggest habits we can take from Jobs’ life.
Habit 1: He did what he loved
We all find ourselves stuck in a rut sometimes. But, Steve Jobs refused to be.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do,” he once said.
The Steve Jobs approach: Don’t settle. Keep looking. Ask for help. The happier we are with the work we do, the more effort we put into those jobs. The better our results. And, the happier our lives.
“If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
Habit 2: He would walk all the time
Instead of sitting at a desk, Steve Jobs was often found walking around the Apple campus.
Robert Friedland, a longtime friend of Jobs, said that he often saw the former Apple founder and CEO walk barefoot around the complex, thinking.
Jobs also walked to many of his meetings, believing that his most creative ideas came when on foot rather than in an office. In fact, he would often hold meetings not around an office table, but by leisurely walking around the campus or neighborhood with staff.
It is a well-known fact that moving around energizes our brains and reduces stress. It helps to free our minds through free air and new surroundings. And, the repetition of walking lets us easily focus on our thoughts and ideas.
Steve Jobs used his walking habit to build one of the biggest companies in the world.
Habit 3: He valued his time above all else
Steve Jobs died at 56 after a decade-long battle with pancreatic cancer. He knew better than most people that time – not money, is our most precious resource.
“My favorite things in life don’t cost any money,” Jobs said. “It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”
Jobs valued his time by doing things he felt were important. Innovative. It gave his life purpose and focus, and Apple’s incredible influence in the world of technology stands as stark proof that effective use of our time can change the world.
“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”