Recipe for success Guide of the keys for success

the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals.

“Sometimes life's going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did." ― Steve Jobs

The interview shows us a still-boyish Steve Jobs at the age of 40. He gives a blow by blow account of his career, first as a kid messing around with electronics, then making computers in a garage, and then on to Apple [AAPL] and the Apple II, the failure of the Lisa, the triumph of the Macintosh, the power struggle and the ouster from Apple. All the other legendary characters and turning points are here: his partners Steve Wozniak and Mike Markkula, the painful memories of John Sculley, the jabs at Bill Gates and Microsoft [MSFT], the visits to Xerox PARC [XRX] and so on. At the time of the interview, Jobs had been 10 years at NeXT, an object-oriented software firm that he had founded. The time--1995--is just before he sells the NeXT software system to Apple [AAPL], two years before he became interim CEO of Apple. It is five years before he became the permanent CEO of Apple and took it from near-bankruptcy to become one of the biggest and most successful firms in the world. (Curiously, there is no mention in the interview of Pixar which launched the hugely successful movie, Toy Story, in 1995.) If you want to hear Steve Jobs give a blow-by-blow account his career up to 1995, go and see the film.But there were also a couple of moments when Jobs had some real insights about what drives business and what drove him.In business, a lot of things are folklore. In 1975, Steve Jobs together with Steve Wozniak and Mike Markkulla developed the Apple II and announced it at the West Coast Computer Fair, to great acclaim.


Keys To Success #1: Energy And Physical Stamina

Few mention this but it’s really vital. As I’ve posted multiple times before, high achievers work relentlessly. And to do that, you must have the energy. Via Managing With Power: Politics and Influence in Organizations: In a study of general managers in industry, John Kotter reported that many of them worked 60 to 65 hours per week–which translates into at least six 10-hour days. The ability and willingness to work grueling hours has characterized many powerful figures… Energy and strength provide many advantages to those seeking to build power. First, it enables you to outlast your opposition, or to use sheer hard work to overcome others who surpass you in intelligence or skill. Second, your energy and endurance provide a role model for others, something that will inspire those around you to work harder.

Keys To Success #2: Focus

Sounds generic but Pfeffer cites the example of a young LBJ turning down a lucrative oil investment because he knew, down the road, being allied with oil companies could hurt his chance at sitting in the oval office. He was thinking way ahead and making decisions aligned with his goals.Successful CEO’s tend to stay in one industry and at one company because energy is not diverted and a strong base is established. In Kotter’s study of 15 successful general managers, he found that they tended to have concentrated their efforts in one industry and in one company. He concluded that general management was not general, and that the particular expertise acquired by concentrating on a narrow range of business issues is helpful in building a power base and in becoming successful. Concentrating your career in a single industry and in one or a very few organizations is also helpful because it means that your energy is not diverted, and your attention is focused on a narrower set of concerns and problems.


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