Whether if we are rich or poor; prominent or ordinary; big or small, we all are guaranteed to face various kinds of storms in our lives. And, of course, the magnitude depends on our position in life and our dreams and priorities among other things. Storms turn our lives upside down and confuse us such that where possible, we cannot even see a way out. However, sometimes our problems are not as big as we think they are and we magnify them according to our mental state. Even where the problems are big, we can fail to see easy solutions that elevate us as we are immersed in what looks to us like a dead end.
Steve Jobs achieved great success at a young age. When he was 20 years old, Jobs started Apple in his parents’ garage, and within a decade the company grew into a household name. However, 10 years after founding the company, Apple’s Board of Directors decided to change the direction of the business, and Jobs was fired.
After being fired Steve Jobs used the free time to pursue other things he was passionate about and eventually started other innovative companies including NeXT and Pixar. Eventually, Jobs returned to Apple and his creative vision helped elevate the company even further.
We can learn some important lessons from Steve Job’s story:
- Make something positive out of negative situations – We can choose to spend time-fighting systems or people that can be blamed for what we are going through. But, it would be wise to approach the situation the way Steve Jobs did; start something else, and meet the system or people in future high places. Sometimes we are quick to complain or feel sorry for ourselves without even considering other possibilities and that they might be better than what we are fighting for. This includes relationships as well, when people leave, it does not always mean there is anything wrong with you. You could be getting a chance to think deeper about yourself and get what works for you while it is also fair to allow the person to find what makes them happy.
- Learn from mistakes – sometimes we made mistakes that cost us valuable things and relationships. I’m sure we all have heard the saying that ‘experience is the best teacher’. Take lessons and grow from mistakes and you will come out of storms a better and stronger person. “Success is not determined by how skilled you are in avoiding challenges but how you let it mold you once you face them.”
- Be flexible – sometimes life does not go the way we planned it to. Instead of beating yourself up about it, you could choose to appreciate and work with what we have while we keep focusing on the initial goal. Being flexible allows us to explore more and take advantage of opportunities that arise along the way. These can even turn out to be greater than what we had in mind.
- Keep positive friends – as much as it is important to help those who are weaker than you, it helps you to keep friends who will inspire you, support you and also keep you strong when facing challenges.
- Be principled – principles are crucial in one’s life especially when they are more like a lifestyle rather than just a set of do’s and don’ts. When we face storms of life, principles act as guidelines and boundaries with regards to how far we should or should not go when looking for solutions. They remind us who we are and protect us from making decisions out of desperation.
- Reflections – when faced with difficult times, think of the times or time you have been in a similar situation or face any other challenge, and remember how you survived. This always gives hope that the current situation will pass too and gives ideas on how we can keep ourselves in control as we look for solutions.
- Do not take everyone as an enemy and everything personally – sometimes we need people who will tell us the truths those who are close to us may not have the courage to mention. Therefore, before we can declare anyone an enemy, we need to consider what they have to say to us, self-introspect, and fix ourselves where there is a need. When people say things, negative or positive, wit is often because they saw something. It is up to us to weigh the statement and give deserved attention. Being open-minded can help us grow even where there is hatred.
- Do not give up – if you give up every time you face a challenge, you may take a while to or never realize your dreams.