Although, this magnificent human being left us back in 2011, his legacy still remains. Here are 5 rules the founder of Apple preached and lived.

  1. Don’t Waste Time

“Your time is limited. Don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

You came about this world to live out YOUR mission. So, ask yourself, what is your mission? Is it to work a job you hate just to pay bills or is it to create something you believe is extraordinary? Everyone has dreams and goals, if you ever hear someone say that they don’t have at least one, he or she is lying. If YOU tell yourself that, you don’t aspire to be or do anything, then you are in self-denial. You don’t have to answer to anyone, but you have to stop lying to yourself. If you are not working towards your dreams, you are working towards someone else’s dreams.

      2. Be Ambitious

“Stay hungry, stay foolish.”

People are only able to gain what they desire, if fight hard enough. Simply wanting will not suffice. A lot of people want things, but how many of those people are actually willing to do whatever it takes to get it? How many people will go against the odds or even society? The percentage is small. Hence, only a handful of people are capable of making it to the top. What Jobs meant by his quote is, don’t let anything put out your fire, even if your environment or/and people around you aren’t supportive. If you believe in yourself enough, if you can visualize your goals, you can manifest it into reality.

     3. Leaders do not create followers; they create more leaders

“It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.”

True kings do not rule under fear; they enable people to prosper. This attribute of Jobs portrays him as the intelligent being that he is. People who understand life, understand that human beings aren’t capable of doing everything themselves. Ego, the ability to delegate is a must-have factor of a leader. Do not be jealous of others that possess certain skills that you do not have. You too have skills that the others have not. When you find like-minded intellects, join forces with them and watch both your successes grow.

    4. Do what you love and success will follow

“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.”

Can you imagine putting in maximum effort, in every waking moment of your life towards something that you don’t enjoy or believe in? Most people would say no. However, if you can and is willing to be in that state, what is it for? A raise? A promotion? Is that how you envision your whole life? Being a slave to someone else’s hopes and aspirations? No. No one would genuinely find the idea of working a job that does not bring joy for decades just to make ends meet, appealing. If you tell yourself that you’re okay with that life, then it means you’ve settled. Does the term settle draw forth even just slight comfort to you? If you decided to settle, it either means you fell and didn’t have the strength to get back up or you never fought. Do what makes your heart race. There is no such thing as failure. Failure is one person’s eyes, is success in another’s. Notice how Jobs said to do what YOU think is great work. So what if others reproach you? As long as you did your best, learned from the failures in your eyes, and stood back up, you have already won. You have already done what most people couldn’t.

    5. Live with the intent of making an impact

 “We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else are we here?”

It is this exact belief that allowed Jobs to be where he was. Many of you will say, “but he’s different He was a prodigy. A genius.” Well here’s a little secret; anyone can become a genius in a field they put countless amount of hours and effort towards. Yes, Jobs was a brilliant man, however he was not an overnight success. He worked and lived for years in his parents’ garage before hitting his incredible net worth. The issue with most people is that they envy or idolize others’ success while failing to see the monumental amount of hard work that was put in behind the scenes. And the motivating force within all that work is living with intent and passion. Ask, not what the world can do for you. Ask what you can offer to the world. No matter how small of an impact you think you can make, strive for it.