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You Can Be the Next Steve Jobs

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Some of the priceless pearls of wisdom that he left behind include the following life lessons:

1. Don't be afraid to fail.

"I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life." Steve Jobs, June 12, 2005

2. Stay in the game. The real breakthrough moments in Steve's career happened after 25 years of struggle. "Sometimes when you're in the middle of one of these crises, you're not sure you're going to make it to the other end. But we've always made it, and so we have a certain degree of confidence, although sometimes you wonder." Steve Jobs, March 7, 2008 "I'm convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance." Steve Jobs interview, 1995

3. Follow your passion wherever it leads.

"Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me ... Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful... that's what matters to me." Steve Jobs, May 25, 1993

"Almost everything -- all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure -- these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. 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, June 12, 2005

4. Just say no.

"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." Steve Jobs, June 2003

"I'm as proud of what we don't do as I am of what we do." Steve Jobs, Feb. 6, 2006

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