06/10/2014 ~ SuccessJourney Daily Post with Nicholas Akomire ©2014
3. Avoid The Crowd – Do Not Follow The Herd!
October 5th marked 3 years of Steve Jobs passing from the earth but the things he did still remain outstanding in the market today and his legacy and influence on the life of the Apple Inc still guides the many project the company is currently working on. What made Steve Successful? He designed things that were not in existence, he looked beyond his present into the future.
At the beginning of his career, it was quite possible for him to produce products that were going to be competitive with already existing products but he did not. He took his time to create devices that had never been heard of. From the NeXT Station to Pixar to the IPod, IPad, MacBook, Apple Store, ITunes, App Store and the IPhone, all these were products that nobody had brought to the market and this made him famous, valuable and rich, so rich that at a time he owned 7% (largest single shareholder) of Disney far exceeding that of the Disney family only with 1 %.
Even in the middle of his career after losing his place in Apple, Steve understood that the only way he could make a comeback was to design something unique, that was when he created NeXT Inc which bought Pixar Animation Studio that Jobs revolutionized until its value rose so high that Apple Inc had to buy the company in 1996 returning Jobs to his post as Apple’s CEO.
One of Steve Jobs quote summarises his legacy “There’s an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love—’I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been’—and we’ve always tried to do that at Apple.”
The truth is this: conventional wisdom yields conventional results. Extremely successful people stand out as pioneers in their field and make it a habit to do what others won’t. They pursue dreams that others are too afraid to chase.
Let me ask you, what is that one unique idea that has been sitting in your mind or notebook or laptop for years? Why not start working towards it? You never know how far you can go until you start.
Don’t follow trends, go where there is less competition, that way you get to stand out.
To be continued…