5 Life-Changing Lessons from Steve Jobs

“If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?”

Steve Jobs

Jobs asked this question in his 2005 Stanford Commencement Address. He told the audience that he looked in the mirror every morning and asked himself that question, and whenever the answer was “no” for many days in a row, he knew something had to change.

This simple habit reveals a person who was incredibly passionate, disciplined, a true visionary, one who wanted to conquer the world, no matter yet.

Looking at yourself in the mirror, asking a question we all dread means that you are ready to carpe diem, as the Romans used to say. You are ready to do live each day as if it were your last, because one day you’ll most certainly be right.

This brings us to the first lesson we can learn from the genius co-founder of Apple.

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What You Don’t Know about Success

Success is a word gets thrown around a lot. It’s become meaningless. We all want it and the definition of success is different for everyone.

Some of us want a beautiful family life. Some of us want a successful business. Some of us want lots of money so we can exchange it for goods and services.

To make matters worse, society has developed a set of tools to help you become comfortable. To have what you want, when you want it, which is right here, right now.

We have lost track of who we are supposed to be. Life and success are harsh. Unless you are will to fight like hell for what you want, then you’ll never be successful.

Consider this your wake up call!

It’s time to stop fantasizing and do what you have to do to get what you want.

Whatever your definition of success is, you’ll need to have the following 10 elements:

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How Earl Nightingale’s 12 Rules Can Help You Succeed In Life

It’s probably no big secret that I am a firm believer in personal development. That’s one way to explain it, I guess. It means that I listen to motivational speeches while I work, read everything from popular self-help books to psychology and NLP, and tried all sorts of stuff to get to be more focused, more energetic, and motivated to achieve my goals.

That being said, this list of twelve rules is something that I just have to share with you. 

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The Four Rules of Success The Successful Don’t Want You to Know

When you see someone who’s fantastic at what they do, you just can’t ignore them.

They operate at what is commonly called “highest level.” Their every thought, action, and word is in reach of mastery.

But, as contrary to what most people believe, especially those who dedicate their lives to just watching mastery on a TV screen all day long, the desire for greatness resides in all of us. We all have this innate desire to work hard in order to become great at what we do.

Unfortunately, most people give up on this feeling in order to watch someone else be that good. That’s why we watch sports, or movies, or those auditions on Whatever Country’s Got Talent.

We want to be reminded that some people can hold the world on their shoulders, but we don’t want to hold the damn thing ourselves.

As I often say, everybody wants to eat, but few are willing to hunt.

Well…. today I am going to share with you four rules of success that the successful among us rarely share, four rules that are going to help you on your quest for mastery and greatness.

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Dark Night of The Soul

“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.”

Laurell K. Hamilton

How much pain can a man endure? How much suffering? How much hunger? How much loneliness? How many disappointments, setbacks, disasters, heartbreaks?

How many tears a man can shed before he can’t cry anymore?

How many times he has to be told no until he believes it?

And the answer is simple.

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Your Expectations Are Going to Break Your Heart

We tell ourselves three big lies: about our past, about our present, and about our future.

We distort our past because we are constantly rewriting our memories, our thoughts are constantly altering our present, and our expectations are a distortion of the future.

Why are they lies? Well, our memories are imperfect, our thoughts are poisoned by bias, and our expectations are most often plain wrong. Nothing happened exactly as we remember it, nothing is happening exactly as we think it is happening, and nothing turns out as we expect.

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Comfort Zone=Danger Zone

We now live in a century of comfort. We’ve become the masters of instant gratification. Everything’s ours with the push of a button.

Want to buy something?

Amazon will deliver it to you.

Want to watch a movie or tv show?

Neftlix and HBO Go.

Want to listen to music?


Anything you want, there’s an app for that.

You don’t even have to talk to another human being on the phone anymore.

But the side effect of this is that comfort is starting to feel like a prison.

In this world of instant gratification, no one wants to do things the hard way anymore. Even rattling the bars of our cage feels like hard work.

And we’ve mistaken comfort for happiness, without realizing that the easier it is to get something, the less you appreciate it.

You do not appreciate what you get for what it is, but for what you have to become to have it.

It’s as simple as that.

As I often say, the struggle alone pleases us, not the victory.

Comfort bypasses the need for transformation as a means to achieving goals, and thus provides us with an opportunity to discard our humanity.

Tough words?

Tell that to those who cry because their iPhones were delivered to them a day later than it was supposed to in a world where two billion people are having trouble finding drinking water.

When we expect everything in life to come fast, cheap, and easy, we’re setting ourselves up for misery and failure.

The truth is that a comfort zone is the place one goes if one wants to die.

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