Monday, August 29, 2016

78 years ago, a journalist studied 500 rich men and boiled down their success into 13 steps

78 years ago, a journalist studied 500 rich men and boiled down their success into 13 steps

Napoleon Hill interviewed more than 500 self-made millionaires over a span of 20 years (although he pre-dated Bill Gates). 
At the peak of Andrew Carnegie's career, he crossed paths with an impressive journalist named Napoleon Hill, who he trusted to document — and share with the world — the strategies that turned him into one of the wealthiest and most successful businessmen of all time.
"It was Mr Carnegie's idea that the magic formula, which gave him a stupendous fortune, ought to be placed within reach of people who do not have time to investigate how men make money," Hill wrote in the preface of "Think and Grow Rich," the result of his collaboration with Carnegie.
In addition to analysing Carnegie, who became the richest man in the world after starting with little more than a penny upon arriving in the US from Scotland, Hill studied more than 500 self-made millionaires over a span of 20 years.
His interviews and research culminated in the 1937 bestseller, "Think and Grow Rich," which shares what he calls the "money-making secret" in 13 principles.
There is no mention of "money," "wealth," "finances," or "stocks" within Hill's text; he takes a different approach, focusing on breaking down the psychological barriers that prevent many of us from attaining our own fortunes.
This approach is still relevant today, 78 years later. As personal finance expert Farnoosh Torabi said on episode one of her podcast, "Mastering your money has more to do with psychology and mind set than anything else."
Here are Hill's 13 steps, in his words and ours:

1. Desire: You have to want it.

All of the super wealthy started with a certain amount of dreaming, hoping, planning, and desiring before they became rich. They imagined riches before they saw them in their bank accounts, Hill explains:
Wishing will not bring riches. But desiring riches with a state of mind that becomes an obsession, then planning definite ways and means to acquire riches, and backing those plans with persistence which does not recognize failure, will bring riches.
This is not so different from the modern-day concept of visualizing a savings goal with a specific price tag.

2. Faith: Believe that you can achieve your goal.

Growing rich starts with your mindset — with the belief that you can accumulate wealth. Hill writes:
Riches begin in the form of thought! The amount is limited only by the person in whose mind the thought is put into motion. Faith removes limitations!
As self-made millionaire and author Steve Siebold writes, "Being rich isn't a privilege. Being rich is a right. If you create massive value for others, you have the right to be as rich as you want."
Building wealth all starts with your mind set. 

3. Auto-suggestion: Use affirmations to reach your goal.

Turning desire for money or success into reality requires sending your subconscious mind phrases and mantras that support your goal. You have to repeat out loud what it is that you want, and how you plan to get it, so you become obsessed with your purpose, Hill explains:
Your ability to use the principle of auto-suggestion will depend, very largely, upon your capacity to concentrate upon a given desire until that desire becomes a burning obsession.
For example, if you aim to save $1 million for retirement by putting away money every week, you would repeat, "I will set aside money this week to have $1 million in retirement savings," as many times as possible each day.

4. Specialized knowledge: Gain experiences and continue learning.

Knowledge is potential power. An education only becomes powerful and leads to great wealth when it is organized and applied to life. It also must be continually sought after. You're never done learning, Hill emphasizes:
Successful men, in all callings, never stop acquiring specialized knowledge related to their major purpose, business, or profession. Those who are not successful usually make the mistake of believing that the knowledge-acquiring period ends when one finishes school.
Many modern-day successful and wealthy people are voracious readers; they never stop learning and challenging their minds.
(Wikimedia Commons/Ineuw) Napoleon Hill studied hundreds of successful and wealthy individuals, including Andrew Carnegie, pictured above. 

5. Imagination: Come up with ideas and visualize your success.

If you can imagine it, you can create it, says Hill:
Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes. Ideas are products of the imagination ...
Man's only limitation, within reason, lies in his development and use of his imagination.
Don't be afraid to come up with, and develop, ideas. "Whoever you are, wherever you may live, whatever occupation you may be engaged in, just remember in the future, every time you see the words 'Coca-Cola,' that its vast empire of wealth and influence grew out of a single idea," Hill writes.
Consider Sara Blakely, whose small, disruptive idea — making an incision in a pair of pantyhose — amounted to her booming, billion-dollar business, Spanx, and rocketed her into the limelight.

6. Organized planning: Take action.

Once you've visualized your success, you need to take action and go after exactly what you want. You must act with persistence and enthusiasm. Hill explains:
Opportunity has spread its wares before you. Step up to the front, select what you want, create your plan, put the plan into action, and follow through with persistence ...
Most of us are good "starters" but poor "finishers" of everything we begin. Moreover, people are prone to give up at the first signs of defeat. There is no substitute for persistence.
For instance, if you're looking to build wealth, start with forming a financial plan, and determine exactly where you want your money to go.
Self-made millionaire Tony Robbins delves into the psychology of wealth in his book, "Money: Master the Game." 

7. Decision: Defeat procrastination with decisiveness.

A key trait Hill recognized in all of the individuals he studied who acquired great wealth wasdecisiveness. Those who settle on decisions quickly know what they want, and they tend to get what they want. He writes:
People who fail to accumulate money, without exception, have the habit of reaching decisions, if at all, very slowly, and of changing these decisions quickly and often.
Decisiveness is not just a trait of the wealthy, but one of the most important qualities a leader needs to possess. At the end of the day, making a bad decision is better than making no decision at all. 

8. Persistence: Do not stop until you get what you want.

Persistence is crucial when trying to accumulate wealth, yet few people possess the willpower required to turn their desire for money into actual money. Hill writes:
Riches do not respond to wishes. They respond only to definite plans, backed by definite desires, through constant persistence.
The most successful people tend to have dealt with, and overcome, failure. "I've learned that it doesn't matter how many times you failed," Mark Cuban told Smart Business. "You only have to be right once. I tried to sell powdered milk. I was an idiot lots of times, and I learned from them all."
Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban. 

9. Power of the Master Mind: Surround yourself with the best.

The wealthiest people create a "Master Mind," meaning they surround themselves with talented friends and colleagues who share their vision. The alignment of several smart and creative minds is exponentially more powerful than just one, Hill explains:
No individual may have great power without availing himself of the "Master Mind" ...
A group of brains coordinated (or connected) in a spirit of harmony will provide more thought-energy than a single brain, just as a group of electric batteries will provide more energy than a single battery.
This may explain why rich people tend to make friends with other rich people. "Exposure to people who are more successful than you are has the potential to expand your thinking and catapult your income," writes self-made millionaire Steve Siebold. "We become like the people we associate with, and that's why winners are attracted to winners."

10. The Mystery of Sex Transmutation: Choose a compatible partner.

Sexual energy is an incredibly powerful human energy — it creates physical life and develops emotional life, and when it is harnessed and redirected, it can enhance our creativity, passion, enthusiasm, and persistence, all which are crucial in accumulating wealth, Hill says:
Sex desire is the most powerful of human desires. When driven by this desire, men develop keenness of imagination, courage, willpower, persistence, and creative ability unknown to them at other times.
Love, romance, and sex are all emotions capable of driving men to heights of super achievement. When combined, these three emotions may lift one to an altitude of genius.
While this step may feel like a bit of a stretch, having a supportive partner is important to career success. Research also shows that having a conscientious spouse can boost your salary by $4,000 a year.

11. The Subconscious Mind: Master positivity and dismiss negative emotions.

If you truly want to be rich, you have to plant that desire, and then your plan, into your subconscious mind. Hill writes:
The subconscious mind will not remain idle! If you fail to plant desires in your subconscious mind, it will feed upon the thoughts which reach it as the result of your neglect.
Positive and negative emotions cannot occupy the mind at the same time. One or the other must dominate. It is your responsibility to make sure that positive emotions constitute the dominating influence of your mind.
If you want to be successful and grow rich, it is critical that the positive emotions dominate any negative ones that arise, Hill says. He was on to something: Today, research shows that positive, happier people are more likely to perform better at their jobs and are less likely to be unemployed.

12. The Brain: Associate with other smart people and learn from them.

Our brain is a "transmitter and receiver of thought vibrations" — it absorbs thoughts from other individuals surrounding us, making it even more important to associate with intelligent, creative, and positive individuals. Hill writes:
Every human brain is capable of picking up vibrations of thought which are being released by other brains...
The Creative Imagination is the "receiving set" of the brain, which receives thoughts released by the brains of others.
This principle is simply application of the Master Mind principle. It takes it one step further — rather than just surrounding yourself with people who are smarter and better, use the members of your group to find solutions to problems or brainstorm ideas. Hill calls this "blending of several minds into one," and suggests sitting down with a small group of people and diving deep into the problem at hand.

13. The Sixth Sense: Trust your gut.

The final principle — the "sixth sense" — occurs only after you've mastered the other 12 principles. You'll experience a sort of mind-shift, Hill says: "Through the aid of the sixth sense, you will be warned of impending dangers in time to avoid them, and notified of opportunities in time to embrace them."
While this principle isn't the most straightforward — Hill admits it is generally not attained until age 40 — his basic claim is that your intuition will change. You'll have achieved a level of wisdom that will allow you to start making smart financial and life decisions naturally.
Although it takes a while to master the final step, you can still get a lot out of the other 12 principles, Hill says:
No matter who you are, or what may have been your purpose in reading this book, you can profit by it without understanding the principle described in this chapter. This is especially true if your major purpose is that of accumulation of money or other material things.
The chapter on the sixth sense was included, because the book is designed for the purpose of presenting a complete philosophy by which individuals may unerringly guide themselves in attaining whatever they ask of life.

 Edited by: Lawyer Asad

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Only Habit You Need to Succeed

The Only Habit You Need to Succeed

By Jonathan Mead / Paid to Exist
I’m tired of seeing people ride the struggle bus.
Personally, I’d like to sneak in overnight to the parking lot, and just blow the thing up.
It gets really frustrating when you see people with so much talent, value, and passion continually struggle to create lasting momentum and generate enough money to become self-reliant.
So, I want to start a movement in defiance of the struggle, a counterstrike of fierce optimism and resolve to show up, even in the midst of doubt, overwhelm and uncertainty.
Think about it, if you master just this one habit, you can achieve anything. I mean, anything. If you can develop the habit of showing up, even when things are the hardest, you win.
I’m going to share with you a roadmap for mastering this one habit in this article. Here’s the deal though, after this, there are no excuses. If you’re not doing the work, you don’t get to complain. Got it?
So, what is this master habit, exactly?
Daily growth, no matter what.
That’s it. Focus on the direction of the most growth, every single day, no matter what. No matter how you feel, no matter how much other things you have going on, no matter how much doubt, uncertainty or chaos is in your life.
If you do this, you win. Forever.
It seems like a simple, straightforward habit, but there are some pitfalls.
Here are where most people get tripped up:
  • They’re not honest with themselves about what real growth activities are.
  • They don’t even know what real growth activities are, so they can’t properly select them.
  • They are unable or unwilling to show up, even when it’s hard.
The last one is really The Big Clincher. The challenge of doing purposeful work is that it requires you to grow, and act courageously. It requires you to show up even when circumstances are undesirable.
Life will always be fucked up. There will always be something easier to do than actions that make you want to throw up.
You will doubt yourself, you will face uncertainty, you will face distraction and overwhelm.
When you start focusing on activities that really push your edges, the kinds of activities capable of creating real, significant results, that’s when you meet you real demons. These aren’t the everyday garden variety fears and doubts, these are the monsters that make you question whether your existence is even valid.
If you want to overcome them, you must learn to show up, and sit through their onslaught. They will sling the worst psychic shit at you, ask you to question why you’re even doing this in the first place.
If your path is related to a gift that comes from your soul, be prepared for them to use this against you. They know this is where you are most vulnerable, especially when you’re trying to get that initial confidence in your offering.
Be ready for them. Be ready to stand your ground and let them know you will not be backing down. You will continue to show up and do the work no matter what.
But most of you, you need to…
Know the monsters weakness
Your inner demons will seem relentless and all-consuming at times. They would like you to believe that there is no way to escape the shadow they cast.
But if you know their weakness, they will not be able to influence you as strongly. They may not go away, but they will get bored and tire in their quest to deter you.
Here’s what you must do: Starve the monster of its favorite food: time.
The more time you feed it — analyzing it, trying to fight it, agonizing in its presence — the stronger it grows. The beasts of doubt love to feast on time. Feed it, and your doubts will grow so large it feels as if you’ve entered a black hole.
Action in the face of their assault is their greatest weakness. The more detached you can stay, the more you can know that yes, your feelings are real, but you and your purpose are larger than them, the stronger you will become.
Which brings me to the next point…
Stop honoring your feelings
One of the monster’s favorite traps to set is the “you must resolve these feelings, before taking action” trap.
It tells you that the way you feel is important, so naturally, you should honor it. If you don’t feel good, or if you feel doubtful, you need to honor that, resolve it and come back to take action another day.
When you do this, the beast wins.
Feelings are real. Yes, you should be curious about them. And sometimes it is helpful to question their origins and get to the bottom of what’s causing them. You can learn a lot this way.
But more often than not, feelings follow actions.
Sometimes you don’t feel like going for a run or doing yoga, but you feel great after you do it, right? The same is true with taking action on your purpose.
You don’t need to feel good to take action. Often you just need a little bit of momentum, a small dose of action, then the good feelings start coming. Nothing feels better than knowing that you showed up, even when it was hard.
And nothing, I mean nothing, builds greater character.
And anyway…
Your feelings might be bullshit
If you feel doubtful, but the reason you feel that way is because someone told you that you had to follow a safe, predictable, secure path devoid of passion, should you really honor that feeling?
Personally, I think it makes more sense to say “fuck this feeling” and honor the way you really want to feel. You have the ability to choose how you want to feel, and go in the direction of that. It’s called emotional fitness, something distinctly different than emotional intelligence.
Fitness is the ability to thrive in your environment. If your environment is full of doubt and uncertainty, you can be really good at understanding those feelings, but not necessarily skillful at overcoming them.
The more you practice showing up and starting as quickly as possible, the more emotionally resilient you become.
Remember, feelings aren’t always an indicator of the truth.
Show up, even when you don’t feel like it, and you will become unstoppable.
But, what do I actually do?
Good question, and this is where it becomes very useful to have feedback from other people. The problem is, you might bullshit yourself about what is really going to move you forward with making a living from your purpose.
You might say that you need more education, when what you really need is to ask someone to be your client, because you’re afraid of selling. You could easily keep “showing up” and wondering why you’re not getting the results you want, when from the outside, it’s very simple: you’re not focusing on growth activities.
So, what is a growth activity?
  • It’s the next most powerful action to move you forward, that you can identify.
Often growth activities have several things in common:
  • They’re slightly terrifying
  • They require you to get out of your comfort zone
  • They stretch you beyond your current capabilities
Let’s take a look at a few common challenges and what growth activities they match up with:
If you’re stalling on launching: The next most powerful growth action would be getting your god damn website up, and to stop messing around with tweaking your theme.
If you need more leads and traffic: It might be pitching yourself to the 20 biggest podcasts in your field to be a guest on their show.
If you need more sales and clients: It might mean talking to your people to get clear on their biggest pain, or booking as many free coaching sessions as possible.
Ultimately though, if you’re trying to get your foothold, you just need to be trying lots of really bold shit.
What’s the minimum dose for this habit?
I believe that you need to do this for at least one hour a day, with zero distractions if you want to get any kind of traction.
More, of course is better, but quality is the name of the game here. If you have a full-time job, and a family, you can still carve out one hour a day, even if you need to just give up an hour of sleep. I’m a big advocate for self-care, but sometimes you need to make temporary, short-term sacrifices for the long term benefit of your life.
When I was working to build my first business, I had a full-time job and went to school full time. And somehow, I still found time to work on it.
Here’s the thing, if you’re not willing to devote at least one hour per day to growth activities so you can make a living from your purpose, you honestly just don’t want this that much.
That’s no problem, but please, don’t keep complaining about how your work sucks. It’s up to you to change it.
The last resort of the monster: readiness
I believe that being “ready” is the biggest fucking myth there is.
I don’t even know what “ready” is. It’s a land where unicorns and dragons live. It doesn’t exist.
You don’t need to have it all figured out. You are where you are, most likely at the beginning, which means you need to spend a lot of time experimenting, exploring and trying things.
Don’t think that you need to be a master or have ultimate clarity about what you’re doing when you’re just starting. It will only paralyze you. However, you should be trying lots of shit at this stage. Action is the only route to clarity.

Make a habit of trying things. Put yourself out there and share your message. Do things that scare you. And please, get your fucking website up.

Edited by: Lawyer Asad

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

How to Unlock Your Creative Genius

How to Unlock Your Creative Genius

By Mike Pettigrew, Creator of 
The Millionaire Mind Secrets

Did you know that you can tap into your own inner creative genius whenever you wish? You have an amazing creative genius inside your own mind and you can use it to improve every area of your life whenever you wish.
Often people believe that they have to wait for inspiration to arrive before they can create something really outstanding. However, this is not true and it is possible to get your creative juices flowing at will, whenever we wish.
I learnt this myself many years ago when I started composing music. I did everything with a keyboard connected to a computer and even though my piano skills are pretty abysmal, I was able to produce some pretty good music.
However to do this, I would play something really badly on the keyboard and then spent ages getting it right on the computer screen; moving around notes and getting the timing right. It took a long time, but was great fun and I loved producing music.
Often I would be driving along the road and music would come to my mind, and I would immediately sing the notes into a recording device. Then later on when in front of my computer, I would start creating the music that had come to my mind while driving.
But here’s something interesting that I discovered. Often I would sit down in front of my keyboard and computer and there would be no music in my mind.
But just by fooling around on the keyboard, my creativity started to be stimulated. And I created some of my best compositions at times when I didn’t feel inspired or at all creative.
Now, this was back in the early 1990s, and it taught me a really important lesson. That lesson is that we can intentionally kick-start our creativity whenever we wish, and that our best creations don’t always come spontaneously in blinding flashes of inspiration.
But this doesn’t just apply to music, this process holds true no matter what we are hoping to create or change in our life.
If we are a writer, we really don’t need to give in to such things as writer’s block. If we take the right actions, and do the right things then it is possible to kick-start creativity and move forwards very quickly, and start creating great material without any difficulty.
One thing I noticed back then, when I was composing a lot of music, was that we all possess a creativity muscle that we must exercise, in order to be able to tap into our creativity quickly and easily, whenever we wish.
However, just like when exercising the physical body, it can take time and effort before the process becomes really easy. But, with regular effort the process absolutely will become easy for you.
There is a very simple exercise you can do that should illustrate very clearly what I’m saying.
When you put your mind to task, then your mind starts working for you. If you do not regularly put your mind to task, then very little changes from day to day, and things just go on the way they are always have gone.
What I’m about to describe may at first appear quite challenging, but if you do these exercises you will be astounded by all the amazing ideas that you will develop. You really can become an ideas machine!
You see, every goal that you set, and every aspect of your life that you wish to change always starts with an idea. So doesn’t it make sense that you learn how to tap into wonderful ideas that can enable you to transform your life and achieve all of your dreams? I certainly believe so.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could tap into your mind and come up with all sorts of really useful ideas whenever you want? Well this really is possible and is far easier than you may think.
When you come up with great ideas, you can take action on those ideas, and gradually you will start to see results in the world around you. It is true to say that we can work very hard and still not see great results. However, when you have amazing ideas that are backed with excitement and determination, all sorts of wonderful things become possible for you.
To get your creative mind operating efficiently like a well-oiled machine; at first you need to start squeezing out of your mind ideas that can improve your life in various different ways.
At first it may take quite some effort, but if your are persistent in this you will quickly become very proficient at tapping into your creativity whenever you wish and creating all sorts of amazing possibilities for yourself.
It would be a great idea to do one of these creativity exercises each day for at least a week before you start to see the amazing unlimited creative power that lies within you, and which you can tap into at will.
Day 1:
On day 1 write out a list of 10 things that you could do to express your gratitude to others. These should be things you can actually do that will show your appreciation of those who have helped you in any way.

Day 2:
On day two write out a list of 10 things that you could do to improve your physical health. These can be anything that you could do in order to become healthier.

Day 3:
On the third day write down 10 ways in which you could improve your emotional health. These will be things that can contribute to your overall well-being and happiness. It’s important to include ideas that can help other people in meaningful ways. This is because our own happiness is directly connected to the efforts we make boards the happiness of those around us.

In these exercises you don’t have to stop at 10 ideas. If ideas are starting to come tumbling out of you then please keep going! 15 or 20 ideas is a lot better than 10 and the more you do this the more you exercise your creativity muscles and it becomes a resource you can tap into whenever you need.
Day 4:
We have all used apps on our smartphones and most of us have a good idea of what sort of apps are available in the app stores.

So, your next exercise is to come up with 10 ideas for smart phone apps. Write down 10 ideas for apps. It doesn’t matter if you later find that some of these apps already exist, but just start writing and see what happens.
Some your ideas may not be great at all, while others may surprise you! And an app is something that simply makes people’s lives better or easier and helps them in some way. Most people find that coming of the first few apps is easier than coming up with the last few of the 10.
So, go and look at the App Store on your phone to see what sort of apps people are producing. Then come up with 10 of your own.
Day 5:
On day five come up with 10 things you could do to add more fun and enjoyment in your life. These should be things that you can start doing easily and which you could put into practice right away.

Many of us move through life each day on autopilot, simply reacting to what happens to us. But, when we take stock of what we are doing, and what we could be doing, it allows us to bring a lot more excitement and variety into our lives.
Day 6:
On day six, write down a list of 10 places that you would love to visit in the next 10 years.

Day 7:
On day seven of this exercise, write down a list of the three biggest problems in your life right now. Once you’ve done this, write down at least 4 things that you could do to overcome each of these problems.

Now at the end of just one week you will probably be very surprised by your ability to come up with creative ideas whenever you wish. By writing down your ideas like this and by doing this frequently you will keep your creativity muscles exercised and in great shape.
This will allow you to tap into your creativity whenever you wish and use it to create all sorts of wonderful things for your life.
So remember to keep a special notebook for all your creative ideas and don’t worry if some of them are nuts! Because when you do this you will definitely have plenty of really good ideas too.
Also, please don’t allow your internal editor to stop you – just keep the process flowing. What I mean by your internal editor is that part of yourself that tells you to delete the last sentence or the last idea because it isn’t good enough. Simply, let all your ideas flow without any restraint and then after the process has completed you can start editing if really necessary.
Whatever it is that you wish to change or create in your life, everything starts with an idea. And the more great ideas you have, then the more you can transform your own life and your environment.
Here is a final thought about this, for you to consider. If every person in the world were to spend just 1 hour each week coming up with ideas to improve their lives, then the world would be a very different place than it is right now.
So, please do make a commitment to yourself right now, to set aside just one hour each week to do this for yourself. You will be amazed at how your life will transform!
Mike Petigrew is a hugely respected authority in self-empowerment and in his new program “The Millionaire Mind Secrets” he is sharing his formula for becoming a true success. Some years ago Mike lost everything and couldn’t even feed his wife or their new born baby. But after discovering 7 astonishing secrets, he quickly turned everything around and became a success. He’s now a best selling author and has been interviewed on TV and Radio almost 100 times and he teaches ordinary people how to finally break free and achieve the life they have always yearned for. This is a really exciting new program that promises to transform your life in wonderful new ways.

Edited by: Lawyer Asad

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Top 20 Life Lessons from Steve Jobs

Top 20 Life Lessons from Steve Jobs

By Lance Ulanoff / Mashable
My feelings about Steve Jobs have always been a little mixed. I long admired his entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen and was in sheer awe of his natural instincts for what appeals to consumers. On the other hand I bristled at what I saw as his — and by extension Apple’s — occasionally capricious and even contradictory actions and super-secretive nature.
Now, having finished the 600-plus page Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, I think I finally understand Steve Jobs. Like most of us, his personality had many sides. He could be aloof, super-intense, odd, gross, passionate, creative, driven, unfair, conciliatory and deeply introspective. He lived a rich and unique life.
As I read the tome on my Kindle, I highlighted interesting, surprising and relevant passages. Now, as I look back at them I realize that many help illustrate some of the larger lessons we can all glean from Steve Jobs’ remarkable life.
Don’t Wait
When the young Steve Jobs wanted to build something and needed a piece of equipment, he went straight to the source.
“He began by recalling that he had wanted to build a frequency counter when he was twelve, and he was able to look up Bill Hewlett, the founder of HP, in the phone book and call him to get parts.”
Make Your Own Reality
Steve Jobs learned early that when you don’t like how things are in your life or in your world, change them, either through action or sheer force of will.
“As Hoffman later lamented, “The reality distortion field can serve as a spur, but then reality itself hits.” – Joanna Hoffman, part of Apple’s early Macintosh team.
“I didn’t want to be a father, so I wasn’t,” Jobs later said, with only a touch of remorse in his voice.
Control Everything You Can
Steve Jobs was, to a certain degree, a hippie. However, unlike most free spirits of the 1960s-to-1970s love-in era, Jobs was a detail-oriented control freak.
“He wants to control his environment, and he sees the product as an extension of himself.”
Own Your Mistakes
Jobs could be harsh and even thoughtless. Perhaps nowhere was that more in evidence than with his first daughter. Still, as Jobs grew older and began to face mortality, he more readily admitted his mistakes.
“I’ve done a lot of things I’m not proud of, such as getting my girlfriend pregnant when I was twenty-three and the way I handled that,” Jobs said.”
Know Yourself
While not always aware of how those around him were reacting to his appearance or demeanor, Jobs had no illusions about his own formidable intellectual skills.
“Then a more disconcerting discovery began to dawn on him: He was smarter than his parents.”
Leave the Door Open for the Fantastic
Jobs was a seeker, pursuing spiritual enlightenment and body purification throughout his life. He wasn’t a particularly religious person, but did not dismiss the existence or something beyond our earth-bound realm.
“I think different religions are different doors to the same house. Sometimes I think the house exists, and sometimes I don’t. It’s the great mystery.” — Steve Jobs
Don’t Hold Back
Apple’s founder was famous for his outbursts and sometimes over-emotional responses. In product development, things were often amazing or sh_t.
“He was an enlightened being who was cruel,” she recalled. “That’s a strange combination.”— former girlfriend and mother of Jobs’ first daughter, Chrisann Brennan
Surround Yourself with Brilliance
Whether he was willing to admit it or not, Steve Jobs could not do everything. Yes, he could have a huge impact on every product and marketing campaign, but he also knew that there were others in the world with skills he did not possess. Jobs' early partnership with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak perfectly illustrated this fact. His early success with Wozniak provided the template for future collaborations.
“After a couple of months he was ready to test it. ‘I typed a few keys on the keyboard and I was shocked! The letters were displayed on the screen.’ It was Sunday, June 29, 1975, a milestone for the personal computer. “It was the first time in history,” Wozniak later said, “anyone had typed a character on a keyboard and seen it show up on their own computer’s screen right in front of them.”
Build a Team of A Players
Far too often, companies and managers settle for average employees. Steve Jobs recognized talent and decided that any conflict that might arise from a company full of “A”-level players would be counterbalanced by awesome output. He may have been right.
“For most things in life, the range between best and average is 30% or so. The best airplane flight, the best meal, they may be 30% better than your average one. What I saw with Woz was somebody who was fifty times better than the average engineer. He could have meetings in his head. The Mac team was an attempt to build a whole team like that, A players. People said they wouldn’t get along, they’d hate working with each other. But I realized that A players like to work with A players, they just didn’t like working with C players.”— Steve Jobs
“I’ve learned over the years that when you have really good people you don’t have to baby them,” Jobs later explained. “By expecting them to do great things, you can get them to do great things.”
Be Yourself
Steve Jobs was often so busy being himself that he had no idea how people saw him, especially in his early, dirty-hippie days.
“At meetings we had to look at his dirty feet. Sometimes, to relieve stress, he would soak his feet in the toilet, a practice that was not as soothing for his colleagues.”—Mike Markkula, Apple’s first chairman.

Be Persuasive
While it’s true that early Steve Jobs was a somewhat smelly and unpleasant person to be around, this same Steve Jobs also trained himself to stare without blinking for long periods of time and found that he could persuade people to do the seemingly impossible.
“If it could save a person’s life, would you find a way to shave ten seconds off the boot time?” he asked. Kenyon allowed that he probably could. Jobs went to a whiteboard and showed that if there were five million people using the Mac, and it took ten seconds extra to turn it on every day, that added up to three hundred million or so hours per year that people would save, which was the equivalent of at least one hundred lifetimes saved per year.”
Show Others the Way
Jobs wasn’t truly a programmer or technologist, certainly not in the way that Microsoft founder Bill Gates is, yet he had an intuitive understanding for technology and design that ended up altering the world’s expectations for computers and, more importantly, consumer electronics.
“To be honest, we didn’t know what it meant for a computer to be ‘friendly’ until Steve told us.” — Terry Oyama, part of the early Macintosh design team.
Trust Your Instincts
I have, in my own career, navigated by gut on more than one occasion. Steve Jobs, though, had a deep and abiding belief in his own tastes and believed with utter certainty that if he liked something, the public would as well. He was almost invariably right.
“Did Alexander Graham Bell do any market research before he invented the telephone?” — Steve Jobs
Take Risks
Throughout his career, Steve Jobs took chances, first with the launch of Apple, then in walking away from it and then returning in 1997. In an era when most companies were figuring out ways to diversify, Apple — under Job’s leadership — shed businesses and products, and focused on relatively few areas. He was also willing to steer the entire Apple ship (or at least some aspects of it) in a single direction if he thought it would generate future success.
“One of Jobs’ management philosophies was that it is crucial, every now and then, to roll the dice and 'bet the company' on some new idea or technology.”
“I had this crazy idea that we could sell just as many Macs by advertising the iPod. In addition, the iPod would position Apple as evoking innovation and youth. So I moved $75 million of advertising money to the iPod, even though the category didn’t justify one hundredth of that. That meant that we completely dominated the market for music players. We outspent everybody by a factor of about a hundred.” — Steve Jobs.
Follow Great with Great
In everything from products to movies (under Pixar), Steve Jobs sought to create great follow-ups. He wasn’t so successful in the early part of his career (see Lisa), but his third acts to Pixar and Apple proved he had the sequel touch.
“There’s a classic thing in business, which is the second-product syndrome,” Jobs later said. It comes from not understanding what made your first product so successful. “I lived through that at Apple. My feeling was, if we got through our second film, we’d make it.”
Make Tough Decisions
Good managers and leaders are willing to do hard work and, often, make unpopular decisions. Jobs apparently had little concern about being liked and therefore was well-equipped to make tough choices.
“The most visible decision he made was to kill, once and for all, the Newton, the personal digital assistant with the almost-good handwriting-recognition system.”
Presentation Can Make a World of Difference
The Apple founder hated PowerPoint presentations, but perhaps somewhat uncharacteristically, believed elegant product presentation was critical.
“Packaging can be theater, it can create a story.” — Jony Ive, Apple designer.
Find a Way to Balance Your Intensity
It’s unclear if Steve Jobs ever truly mellowed, but he did learn that a buffer between him and the rest of Apple could be useful.
“In a company that was led by a CEO prone to tantrums and withering blasts, Cook commanded situations with a calm demeanor, a soothing Alabama accent, and silent stares.”
Live for Today
Even as Steve Jobs struggled with cancer, he rarely slowed down. If anything, the disease helped him focus his efforts and pursue some of his grandest dreams.
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.” — Steve Jobs
“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.” — Steve Jobs
Share Your Wisdom
Steve Jobs was not a philanthropic soul. He had a passion for products and success, but it wasn’t until he became quite ill that he started reaching out and offering his wisdom to others in the tech community.
“I will continue to do that with people like Mark Zuckerberg too. That’s how I’m going to spend part of the time I have left. I can help the next generation remember the lineage of great companies here and how to continue the tradition. The Valley has been very supportive of me. I should do my best to repay.” — Steve Jobs

Edited by: Lawyer Asad

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

45 Life Lessons, written by a 90 year old

45 Life Lessons, written by a 90 year old

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short not to enjoy it.
4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
5. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for things that matter.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye… But don’t worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful.  Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It’s never too late to be happy.  But it’s all up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, ‘In five years, will this matter?’
27. Always choose Life.
28. Forgive but don’t forget.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give Time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d
grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you think you need.
42. The best is yet to come…
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

Edited by: Lawyer Asad