We've all heard the saying, “there's no sense in recreating the wheel.” In other words, it's smart to learn from successful people.
I'd say that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak fits that description, so maybe we should listen to him.
Recently, Woz spoke at NextCon in Arizona, and unsurprisingly, he had some pretty insightful things to say.
If you're still dreaming of becoming an entrepreneur, soak up this wisdom like a sponge. And if you're already mega-successful, you know it's important to always continue to learn and grow.
Here are three pieces of sage advice from Steve Wozniak:
1. You can make a difference without the spotlight.
Steve Jobs has often been portrayed by the media as a god-like visionary. Yet while Jobs was usually the one in the spotlight, Wozniak was busy working behind the scenes.
He built the foundation in the background while Jobs sold the vision to the public. Wozniak portrayed himself as completely okay with this, a position that highlights his first lesson: Success doesn’t always happen in the spotlight.
If both Apple co-founders had striven for the fame Jobs attained, neither would have gotten it. In fact, it was their differing skill sets that allowed the entire vision to unfold.
Avoid leading with your ego and risking making the wrong decisions for the business. Wozniak always put Apple before his ego. As a result, he helped create some of the best products in the world.
2. You must have passion for your work.
Wozniak conveyed passion and happiness throughout his entire NextCon presentation. His ever-present smile was especially sunny when he talked about technology. There was no doubt that his passion was what helped build such disruptive and impressive products.
Wozniak didn’t co-found Apple for the money and he didn’t have a grand vision for Apple at the outset. He just got involved for the love of the craft. He wanted to build products he loved.
Said Wozniak: “My goal wasn’t to make a ton of money. It was to build good computers.” The greatest companies in the world start with just that simple a vision.
3. Find somebody willing to build in his garage.
As Wozniak put it: “Find somebody who has been building things in their garage. That’s the person you’ll want to work with.”
The reason: Such people are problem-solvers, Wozniak said. They do what they do regardless of the incentive, regardless of the title, regardless of the acclaim or the attention.
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