Steve Jobs: Why Motivations Matter and How You Can Build Your Success

Trying to be successful is just an overwhelming chain of thought. Often, when we think about successful people, it’s about money, trophies, or the fame from the media.

But, it’s really not about that. Because they never talk about how rich they are. They always talk about making a difference. A big difference. What they had was a vision, a vision to change the world. They also believed that you have the chance to live, and not just exist.

The quote that inspired this post:

The older I get, the more I see how much motivations matter. The Zune was crappy because the people at Microsoft don’t really love music or art the way we do. We won because we personally love music. We made the iPod for ourselves, and when you’re doing something for yourself, or your best friend or family, you’re not going to cheese out. If you don’t love something, you’re not going to go the extra mile, work the extra weekend, challenge the status quo as much.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs is Rich.

He died rich. Steve Jobs was born in a family that struggled to pay for his college expenses. Steve didn’t know what he wanted to do at first but found his interest later on in college.

Apple started because of his immense interest in typography. Not because he wanted to make trillions of dollars. His mission was to combine technology (something humans were unfamiliar with), and art (something humans can relate to).

I don’t know what I like to do.

Taste. The easiest to taste is to figure out what you love to do. I spent most of my time on the computer, those days when Windows 98 computers and good ol’ dial-up was the best kind of technology available.

Because I tinkered with computers so much, I made myself (and my dad) a website using Geocities. Years later, I found myself coding websites.

But how did I know programming was going to be a thing? I didn’t. All I wanted was a website, a really really nice one. Nothing was on the market at that time (2008), not even a drag-and-drop builder.

Truth is, you just need to have a goal (and a deadline of course), and you will start to figure out how to make it a reality.

Think back to your childhood days, if you don’t know what you like. What did you do that was cooler than what everyone else was doing? Or what did you want to do that your parents (or yourself) can pay for?

What motivates you? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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