Steve Jobs wasn't Smarter or More Creative Than other people - Here's the REAL SECRET of his success

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I've always thought Steve Jobs was an ubergenius. Well, after reading his biography and reading articles like the one below, I've changed my mind. I definitely still respect him. In fact, I respect him even more. He is just like most of us... except for ONE THING.

"Is Steve Jobs smarter than the people at Xerox PARC?" Gladwell continued. "No. They're smarter. They invented the graphic user interface. He just stole it. "

Did he have more insight than Xerox? No.

Did they have more resources? No, Xerox was insanely profitable. Jobs ran a startup.

The difference?

"Jobs has a sense of urgency," Gladwell said. "He wants to do it now. He speeds to Cupertino and says, drop everything, we're doing this at this very moment."

Meanwhile people at Xerox, with their unlimited time and money, think that genius can't be rushed.

Jobs is rushed -- he's urgent -- and that was a part of his genius.

"The difference isn't resources," Gladwell said. "It's attitude."
Source: Malcolm Gladwell On Steve Jobs - Business Insider
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    because gladwell is on the edge ..he is hard to understand .

    people have different areas where they can be genius .

    the most creative people are not stand alone geniuses that soround themselves with geniuses who they can coax or motivate to bring their vision into reality
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  • Profile picture of the author Trey Morgan
    I agree a sense of urgency is very important. It is one of the traits needed to make things happen. Without a sense of urgency, it will take you years to do things that should take months or even weeks.
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    • Profile picture of the author writeaway
      Originally Posted by tvon View Post

      I agree a sense of urgency is very important. It is one of the traits needed to make things happen. Without a sense of urgency, it will take you years to do things that should take months or even weeks.
      Exactly. I'm sure there are TONS of technological discoveries in ACADEMIA right now. But they aren't being commercialized because there is no SENSE OF URGENCY.
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  • Profile picture of the author gr8money
    This may be true. But another thing I've noticed with most successful and especially creative people is that they practice meditation almost daily. Just look at the top singers, celebs, sports persons and you'll see that the people at the top do this daily. Steve Jobs, Kobe Bryant, Novak Djokovic, Katy perry etc...

    I think meditation clears one's mind of the useless clutter and allows room for inspiration and creativity
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    • Profile picture of the author SarahL
      Originally Posted by gr8money View Post

      This may be true. But another thing I've noticed with most successful and especially creative people is that they practice meditation almost daily. Just look at the top singers, celebs, sports persons and you'll see that the people at the top do this daily. Steve Jobs, Kobe Bryant, Novak Djokovic, Katy perry etc...

      I think meditation clears one's mind of the useless clutter and allows room for inspiration and creativity
      That's really interesting. I'm a little bit (a lot?) OCD and can, at times, get really overwhelmed with a task; to the point that I find it hard to complete it in a timely manner.

      I have spreadsheets, logs and to do lists on almost everything that has to do with my on-line business. Everything is dissected to the smallest task possible and I work on one thing at the time. No multi-tasking for me

      I always admire successful people. They have an idea and are not afraid to go and realize it. I'm somewhat successful but I will never be in a Steve Jobs "and others" league...
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnnyPlan
    A key trait of success is 'Get it done... NOW!'

    However, not everything can be accomplished at this moment, so planning is important. It's said how Steve Jobs 'envisioned' the iPad back in the 90's when no one else was doing it and though others came up with a similar idea before he brought his to market, he was the driving force of research and innovation that allowed this to be even a decade before the first tablet went to market. Persistence can move mountains, given enough time.
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  • Profile picture of the author C G
    Nice post.

    This applies a lot to our industry. People starting IM with the dream of making this their job tend to have the "there is no rush" mentality. There's a rush. Everyday you lose procrastinating on your dream someone else is achieving it.

    Take action NOW

    Cheers,

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  • Profile picture of the author Dorian Anthony
    Fascinating look at Jobs. Thanks for sharing man.

    Successful people in many fields have a sense of urgency. Steve Jobs also made a lot of waves and rubbed people the wrong way. He made people feel uncomfortable by pushing boundaries. How many people are willing to do that? I don't know any personally. I've known people that "want" or are "thinking" about starting a business, but none that have shocked me with their behavior.

    Sales guru Grant Cardone talks about unreasonableness in many of his books. Here is a brief excerpt from his book IF YOU'RE NOT FIRST, YOU'RE LAST, he says:

    "Start now, and approach every day as though your future depends upon an almost insane-like pursuit of success.

    When I say insane here, I simply mean over the top, operating without the use of logic or reason that has a tendency to constrain people. I don't want to respond as other's would; I just want to get the job done. Behaving this way means going forth without editing or judging your behavior based on how everyone else acts but instead of what it takes to accomplish the task at hand".

    He goes on to say:

    "These people are content to make their own rules ; they risk breaking the rules in order to build the life, business, industry and economy they want. Anyone who has contributed at exceptional levels has at some point in his or her life acted irrationally-and been ridiculed , even condemned for it."

    I suppose this is one of the reasons MLM has so few millionaires. It's not that people can't be successful selling it, they just don't have the unreasonableness necessary to bring success to fruition. Same with IM.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Thanks for the feedback but the problem that CANNOT BE DENIED is that most people fall into ANALYSIS PARALYSIS. When you have a sense of urgency, you don't let that happen to you. You take a shot!
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    Originally Posted by writeaway View Post

    I've always thought Steve Jobs was an ubergenius. Well, after reading his biography and reading articles like the one below, I've changed my mind. I definitely still respect him. In fact, I respect him even more. He is just like most of us... except for ONE THING.

    Source: Malcolm Gladwell On Steve Jobs - Business Insider
    Wow, I never knew that.

    He was a FAST action taker. That is why he was very successful.
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  • Profile picture of the author vikash_kumar
    If I compare between two legends of our time... Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.....
    I will always give more respect to Bill Gates than Steve Jobs...Even though he is one of my best idols of all time....

    I feel....Its good to be quick and be in hurry when it comes to life....As it is very short... But at the end of the life...you should have respect of all for the next centuries to come...Thats when I will always be liked to be known as Bill Gates...Always a smiling face....Earning huge amounts of money...But even then Giving it back to the society....In huge chunks as well...
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  • Profile picture of the author svetod
    Thanks for this post,
    For me it is absolutely true that urgency is very important, treating every day like your whole life depends on it and making the best of it!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Wilkinson
    Originally Posted by writeaway View Post

    I've always thought Steve Jobs was an ubergenius. Well, after reading his biography and reading articles like the one below, I've changed my mind. I definitely still respect him. In fact, I respect him even more. He is just like most of us... except for ONE THING.



    Source: Malcolm Gladwell On Steve Jobs - Business Insider
    Awesome post.

    With a sense of urgency and passion we really can achieve so much more. You see it all the time in sports. When a team is losing with only a few minutes to go and then they start doing anything they can to get back into the game and they start building momentum... It's like "why haven't you played the whole game like this????" lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Trujillo
    Just goes to show you don't have to be the smartest of them all in order to win. You just need determination and that "sense of urgency" to make it happen. With hard work and dedication you can beat your competitors.
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    • Profile picture of the author vingo
      Yeah I think a sense of urgency is great. Most of us would have that if we lost our jobs and had to support a family. But how many of us can keep that going after we're successful?

      I'm just thinking people like Steve Jobs and Kobe Bryant, after making millions and winning championships, continue to find that drive somehow. The wrestler Dan Gable's another example.

      Could be these guys were born like that, or maybe like anything else it's a habit people can develop.
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    • Profile picture of the author writeaway
      Originally Posted by Matthew J Trujillo View Post

      Just goes to show you don't have to be the smartest of them all in order to win. You just need determination and that "sense of urgency" to make it happen. With hard work and dedication you can beat your competitors.
      Exactly. It isn't what YOU ARE BORN with that matters AS MUCH AS WHAT YOU CHOOSE to do with what you're born with.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jason Jacoby
        A sense of urgency is what makes us move. Time is ticking, so you have to respond. Act fast and think there is always a deadline. "You're either a 1 or a 0...alive, or dead" (Antitrust). It can be applied to life in general or simply in work. If you do this, you can spend more time with your family when you have reached your success.
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