Re-reading Steve Jobs biography his extremely high expectations once again stood out. He challenged himself to work smarter, work longer, and work harder so he could accomplish everything he dreamed possible.
Jobs believed the future was something we can all determine and maybe even more important, Steve Jobs believed in the fundamental power of belief itself and of using that belief to motivate and inspire.
As Jobs said:
You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.
You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
One of the biggest reasons most of us don’t set out to achieve a huge goal is that we think we first need to develop a comprehensively detailed grand plan, one where every step is charted and every milestone identified
However, because we don’t have that kind of plan, because creating that kind of plan is basically impossible, we hesitate. We need to see an end before we see a beginning. So we never start.
Jobs knew that plans are never perfect. Only in hindsight can they appear that way.
Here’s what really happens. People who eventually find success start by trying things. Lots of things. They succeed at some. They fail at others. They learn from those successes and those failures. Along the way they seize and at times even create their own opportunities to move themselves forward.
Whatever your goal determine the first steps. Get started. Keep going. Most important, trust yourself.
Trust that you’ll figure out how to react and how to respond to roadblocks and challenges. Trust that you will become wiser for the experience. Trust that you’ll grow more skilled, more experienced, and more connected.
Try enough things, learn from every success and every setback, and in time you’ll have all the skills, knowledge, and experience you need.
You can never guarantee that you will always succeed, but when you never bet on yourself and try something new, you can definitely guarantee that you will never succeed.