Steve Jobs – What Does It Take To Be Successful?


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This week, I had an interview at a school. It was term time only and fitted in with looking after the boys. The people interviewing didn’t believe I could commit to the hours required, so needless to say, I didn’t get the job. However, I did come away with some inspiration and a pick me up.



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As a child, being told ‘You’ll never achieve anything in your life’, has a huge effect on your self-confidence and your own belief that you will can achieve anything, once you put your mind to it. 

Whilst there are a few examples of people being born into wealth and success, most people have got to where they are, have done so because they’ve made mistakes, learnt from them and had the desire to continue their journey.

Then, of course, you’ll get the people that come along, think they can make a quick buck or two, discover how much work is involved, before moving on to their next bright idea.

However, can you imagine what it’s like to be on that emotional roller coaster ride of thinking ‘they were right’, every time you didn’t achieve your goal? And then, on the other hand, thinking ‘I CAN do this’, every time you achieve a milestone? It’s mentally draining!

So, this week’s quotes are based around little Steve Job pick me up’s that I sometimes need when things get on top of me and I sit there, looking and the screen, wondering ‘where am I going with this?’ 

Slide 1The only way to do great work is to love what you do. This is the pick me up I needed. I had an interview this week, and arriving thirty minutes early, I decided to take a read of the school’s information booklet that was sitting on the table in front of me. On page one and two, there were quotes, one from the headmaster and one from Steve Jobs. I don’t remember what the headmaster said, but this Steve Jobs quote stuck with me all week! 

Slide 2 – Have the Courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become. Again, this is about having the confidence and self-believe. Get over that hurdle, and the world’s your oyster.

Slide 3 – Older people sit down and ask, ‘what is it?’, but the boy asks, ‘what can I do with it?’ Don’t you find it amazing when you sit and watch your child play with their toys? They do everything but what it’s intended for. That is until we tell them what they should be doing. Why do we do that? 

Slide 4 – Because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones that do. Whilst I’ve never wanted to change the world, I feel it’s important to try and leave a legacy. Otherwise, we just become another number and get forgotten about after three generations!

Slide 5 – If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today? This is something I constantly think about, especially when I’m working in the computer. I hate wasting time and being unproductive. Making mistakes and learning from them, however, is a totally different issue.

Slide 6 – I was lucky. I found what I love to do early in life Whilst I believe you’re never too old to learn new things, you’ll certainly have a head start in life if you start early. I keep telling my boys when we watch successful professionals, it doesn’t happen overnight. You have to keep going and never, ever give up.

Slide 7 – If I try my best and fail, well, I’ve tried my best. I will die a happy man knowing that I have tried and failed than to have not tried at all. 

Footnote – 

Success isn’t everything! Whilst we try hard to improve ourselves, we often lose sight of the things we have already achieved. The material possessions that we own can be replaced, but the time we have to create happy memories cannot.

Think about what you want to achieve, look at who you share your life with, and prioritise what’s more important. That work / life balance is so, so important. 

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  • Lex

    I definitely agree that sometimes we are so focussed on succeeding that we do forget to live in the moment and acknowledge what we already have reached. Great post though, very inspirational! Can’t get much more driven than Steve Jobs #KCACOLS

    • Martin

      Hi, Lex.

      I have lost sight many a time of the things I have in my life because I’m always wanting more. Whilst I will still say there’s nothing wrong with wanting to better yourself, sometimes, the things around you are far more valuable than anything of material value.

      Steve Jobs is up there with the best of them.

      Thanks for stopping by, it’s much appreciated.

  • Some really great quotes there, so inspirational, I’m feeling really motivated all of a sudden! Number 3 really made me think, why do we tell children how to play? I love watching my boy play with his toys but sometimes I do find myself telling him how he should be playing, I don’t mean to..I think I am going to try and stop that now and let him explore his creative side. I totally agree with you, as long as you have tried your best then it’s better than not trying at all. xx #KCACOLS

    • Martin

      Hi, Wendy.

      Steve jobs always came out with some inspiring quotes, but then to be fair, what successful person doesn’t? They are leading examples of what can be achieved when you put your mind to it.

      Although, having support from the people around you is also important.

      Back to kids and their imagination…

      Have you ever seen Back to Neverland? It’s based on how J.M Barrie got his storyline for Peter Pan. Most of it came from watching children express their imagination through play. Without it, Peter Pan may never have been written. Doesn’t bear thinking about, does it?

      Thanks for your comment. #KCACOLS

  • These are some really great quotes! I loved Steve Jobs’ ethos to business and what he owed his success and it’s a great lesson for the kids! Thanks for sharing #KCACOLS

    • Martin

      Hi, Charlotte.

      Thanks for taking the time to pop over. Whilst researching these quotes, I came across so many, it was hard to choose what ones to include! They help me to realise some days that not everything is handed on a plate.

      Although I work hard, I can be a little impatient!

      Thanks for leaving a comment.

  • I love quotes from Steve Jobs. They’re such a push to go for what we want, like and are good at in life! x

    • Martin

      Hi, Madeline.

      I think most people see successful people and think ‘It’s easy for you to say…’ yet fail to see or even think about the struggles (and failures) most of them go through to achieve what we see.

      Thanks for taking the time to post.

  • I love the quote about kids thinking about what they can do with something. This is such a good perspective to have #KCAcOLS

    • Martin

      Hi, Claire.

      Yes, I liked that one too. Something we all need to think about, maybe?

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  • Love these! I don’t think there’s ever too many inspirational quotes you can have – especially from Steve Jobs. The last one is my favourite, I think we all know in our hearts when we haven’t tried our best and we need to keep going until we get there! Also love the one about kids with their toys – had never looked at it that way before. Thanks so much for sharing with #KCACOLS. Hope to see you again next Sunday x

    • Martin


      Thank you for popping over from #KCACOLS. You’re right. I don’t think there can be too many quotes in this world. And I think it’s fair to say, most of us will have a favourite or one we can relate to.

      The kids one keeps popping up! Do you think it’s because most of us can relate to it?

      Thanks for co-hosting #KCACOLS

  • Oh he has so many good quotes here! I love the ones about changing the world, how the boys ask what they can do with it & following your intuition. They are great advice & perfect ways to look at the world.

    • Martin

      Hi, Becky.

      Thanks for your comment. As I co more research into these quotes for your linky, I’ve discovered more and more. All of them are great, and some really get you thinking. I’ve found them to be a great motivator, especially when things get on top of me and I feel I can’t manage.

      A great linky party, thanks for hosting.

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