Lesson 3: It takes time

Does he look familiar?

Does he look familiar?

*This is the third part of a series of posts I am doing about some six lessons I wish I had known better in school

At the age of 21 together with Wozniack they started Apple Computers. This was in 1976.  Their first model, the Apple I, earned them $774,000. Three years after the release of their second model, the Apple II, sales increased 700 percent to $139 million dollars.

In 1985 he resigned as the CEO of Apple. It was not the happy kind though, he was pushed out. The board did not believe he was taking the company in the correct direction. Can you imagine being pushed out of a company you helped form?

Steve went ahead and formed another company called NeXT, Inc. A year later he bought an animation studio which later became Pixar Animation Studios. This was the studio behind several full animation movies such as Finding Nemo and The Incredibles. Apple eventually bought the company in 1997 for $429 million. He was back where he started 21 years later.

The next years were the most successful years for Apple. The rest is history, this is the man who captivated everyone with his presentations. While I still believed Apple products are way overpriced (or may be I am just broke, the jury is still out there on that) they still set the bench mark in the industry and the rest of the guys are always playing catch up.

Most of us want to achieve what Jobs did more than 21 years within a few months or years. We don’t seem to understand that things take time, I included. Isaac, a good friend and a mentor, once told me a story of an impatient man. The guy prayed to God, please give me patience…now! We seem to be in the same boat, we want to overnight success stories.

You hear people are earning salaries of over 150k and you want to start there, it just doesn’t work that way. Like everyone else you will have to climb up the ladder steadily and this translates to time. We all have to start somewhere and over time we will get to where we want to be. I am a big admirer Caroline Mutoko, she says it as it is. For the past few months she has been talking about Generation X, that is us. One of the things she noted is that we want to get there without putting in the time.

Put in the time, you will eventually get there.


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