Steve Jobs' had brilliant inventions, innovative designs and an incredibly amazing approach to entrepreneurship. This, among other things, keeps his legacy alive.
Years ago, a speech Steve Jobs gave came up on my YouTube feed. I played it not realizing that what he was going to say would soon become my mantra. When in doubt or in time of confusions I tend to come back to this saying.
Over the years I've notice how much it's shaped my entrepreneurial spirit, and my role as a leader. I've come to realize how impactful those words are to more than just me, but to all entrepreneurs. And to all people finding their own paths in life.
Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Huffington Post have all discussed the correlation between ADHD and entrepreneurship. There's a myth out there that people with learning disorders make great entrepreneurs.
The entrepreneurial space is full of people forging their own paths and building their own plans. Most of the time because they realized at a young age that they did not fit into anyone else's plans.
According to Science Daily, 10 percent of the populations struggles with a learning disability. If you've struggled with school you've probably at least once in your life explained your argument against the scholastic system, and stated that "Steve Jobs dropped out of college!", I know I have.
1. Breaking the mold isn't easy.
Society teaches you to learn from patterns and structure, but some of us do better coloring outside of the lines.
Learning disability or not, college drop out or not, Steve Jobs or not, we all yearn to be fulfilled. Too many don't seek out their fulfillment because they are weighed down with fear of failure or rejection. Or because they're been told "no", or that they "can't".
You need to learn to hear your voice over others. You need to believe in yourself for others to believe in you too.
In 2005, the non-college grad, Steve Jobs gave a commencement speech at Stanford university here he said "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma--which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."
2. Don't be trapped by dogma-which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
If you're an entrepreneur or an aspiring entrepreneur, you've probably had to confront your own version of dogma.
It takes a particular kind of personality (and vision) to avoid the typical 9-5 route and set out into the world on your own. Drowning out the doubts of others and to betting on yourself is no easy task.
Walking to the beat of your own drum, putting your dreams in front of other people's expectations can be exceedingly difficult. But solidifying the courage to do what you want is a that trait every successful entrepreneur needs.
It's what separates the dreamers from the do-ers, and the can's from the cannot's.
3. Being free from dogma is the first step to being a successful entrepreneur.
No matter where you are on your journey, the concept of being free from dogma should stay with you.
Life tends to give you crossroads. Choices to choose with no way of knowing which choice will be in your best interest in 10 years from now. The more you know you who are, the easier these choices will be.
Being able walk the path you need to--because it's what you want--makes all the difference.
Your perception of the world around you is your reality. Don't let your reality be shaped by other people's thoughts and beliefs.
As Steve Jobs displayed, the more successful you become the more centered you need to be. In times of success or hardship, stay true to yourself. An entrepreneurs journeys is full of highs and lows, so the most crucial step for any entrepreneur is to free yourself from dogma. To hear your voice louder than those who surround you. And to unapologetically practice, create and build your dream.