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Here's what Steve Jobs did to master his work life

Here's what Steve Jobs did to master his work life

Here's what Steve Jobs did to master his work life
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By Suman Singh  Mar 12, 2019 1:05:57 PM IST (Published)

Despite being diagnosed by pancreatic cancer, Jobs intended to push students to pursue their higher aspirations and see the opportunities even when faced with hardships.

The mundane world has engulfed each of us in its claws and somewhere down the line, we lose track of how beautiful, inspiring and amazing it was when we started out on our venture.

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Do you live by paycheck-to-paycheck or do you have a higher purpose for everything you do?
Do you live to work or work to live? A question we all might have asked ourselves several times when we are faced with difficulties and have reached a dead end out of disappointment.
Apple’s co-founder and chief executive Steve Jobs, however clearly knew where he was headed at all times. Despite being diagnosed by pancreatic cancer, Jobs intended to push students to pursue their higher aspirations and see the opportunities even when faced with hardships, according to an article in Inc.com.
At a speech delivered to Stanford University graduates, a year before his demise, Jobs said:
When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: 'If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right.' It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the answer has been 'no' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
When life delivers a devastating blow, staying strong during the adversity and not losing the internal compass that keeps pointing to your true north – your whole reason to be alive and working is what Jobs tried to emphasize at the speech.
Often in the pursuit of doing more and be more, we forget the importance of focus. Jobs, during a speech delivered two decades ago at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in 1997 said:
People think focus means saying yes to the thing you've got to focus on. But that's not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I'm actually as proud of the things we haven't done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.
What truly matters in your life? The guard rails you have put up to guide yourselves and maintain the correct course and focus to achieve your dreams either in your current job or business or just life at large.
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