Steve Jobs has been a model of how to succeed without compromise. In the article:
Vision Without Obstruction: What We Learn From Steve Jobs by Scott Belsky in The 99 Percent, he reflects on Steve’s unyielding focus and points out some unique aspects of his personality that were his greatest strengths.
“Jobs had a knack for sticking with his vision of what a product could and should be.”
This is apparent in the quality of products that Apple delivers. Yes they are expensive compared to their competitors, however they are never a disappointment. They just work. The superb form factor and consistent operation of their products is a result of never giving in and settling for less.
“These are our demons — the self-doubt, the fear of failure, and the impulse to meet others’ short-term expectations at the expense of long-term possibilities”
These “demons” resonate strongly with myself. I understand the pressure each play on my decisions daily. There is alway the urge to compromise and make things easy for the moment, however, keeping the long-term vision in mind and making sure that that vision drives every decision (even compromise) is a talent at which Mr. Jobs excelled.
“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.”
His own words and actions truly convey the notion of live life to the fullest. Don’t worry about what you think others would want you to do. Just do what you know is right and good to do. You can never be sure you know other people’s motives for what they want you do to, but you can know your own. If you follow your own vision you will succeed. Even with failure, you will not lose, you will gain experience and confidence to try again. If Jobs gave up on tablet devices with the Newton, we would have an entirely different tablet market today, if we would have one at all.
The most important factor in Steve Jobs success is his clarity. Clarity of vision, motives, and purpose. Having clearly defined reasons for your actions. Having thought out what matters and making sure you don’t lose site of what matters while moving toward your goals. It sounds so simple when said, but in practice, there are so many things that get in the way and distract us from our purpose. If we focus on what matters to us (our passion), we will have that clarity and can accomplish great things.