Steve Jobs - Think Different

Taking Control

Have you ever had that moment when you felt like you were just kicking ass? Yeah you did you badass you.

I recently read the Steve Jobs book (highly recommended), and it made an interesting point about how Jobs was brilliant at bending his environment to his will. He was by no means easy to work with, but he pushed those around him to accomplish things they never thought was possible. He took reality, disregarded it, and pushed people to think outside the box to solve seemingly insurmountable problems in a minimal amount of time.

How often do you push yourself or those around you to that level?

It’s not easy being the jerk in the room, but when done correctly it can produce incredible things. Those that are brilliant and move us from Zero to One (Peter Thiel, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk) are steps ahead of their counterparts and don’t adhere to the “known” truths around us (think SpaceX). Instead, they **take control of their reality** and shape it into what it should be.

Applying this

So what does this all mean? This means take nothing as truth, question all assumptions, and change how you process your surroundings.

Have the confidence to bend the things around you to your will. Don’t let things don’t happen to you; make you happen to things:

  • When you’re on a call, don’t *try* to sell someone. Sell them. If they aren’t a qualified opportunity, control the conversation and end it on your terms. It’s your decision to determine if the lead is qualified or not. Act swiftly and move on if it’s a waste of time.
  • Are you having a bad day? Acknowledge the factors that are slowing you down (like if you’re tired) and fix them. If you need to sleep, take a nap. If you need to crush some work, shut out all external distractions (SelfControl is a great free app for this) and get it done.
  • If you’re struggling in your personal life, change your environment. For instance, if you’ve just broken up with your significant other and are feeling the weight of loneliness, join a gym, a club, or find another hobby to fill the void. You have the ability to control your own emotions if you give yourself the right environment to do so.

Will power is an incredible thing. It’s what turns underdogs into top dogs. It’s time to start taking control and bending your surroundings to work for you.

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