Steve Jobs early days2

Working Hard Important for Start-Up Entrepreneurs especially If You are Young

Young & Bold Series #2: As young entrepreneurs from Penang, Kevin and Nicholas recalled – Working hard was an essential trait that the duo had to commit in launching their two dot.com businesses, despite still having to juggle with studies in college. When they reviewed some lessons by entrepreneurs, Donald Trump and Steve Jobs, they found that when you are Young and still Going, you should be working hard!

Nicholas and I are really young entrepreneurs that are working on our 2 business ventures. People always ask us, “Why are you guys keeping yourselves so busy every day? You should really sit back and enjoy college life while you can!”. Since it is my first article here, I would like to share about heroes. They are those people who inspired us to dream more, people that taught us not to settle for status quo, not to quit when times are hard, people that shares valuable experience, people that makes us who we are today.

I have learned a lot from these people. Their teachings fuel me to do what I am doing every day, even when most people my age are studying for finals and going for parties most of the time. They are my heroes, my inspiration. I study their lives through biographies, read up articles about them, watched their presentations, and these 2 among all are my biggest heroes of all time.

The Macs, iPod, iPhone, iPad. Most of us have at least one, if not all, of these products. The mastermind behind these great innovations, Steve Jobs has always been my hero. Visionary, genius, artist, perfectionist, whatever you call him, he is an inspiring individual indeed. He co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak in a garage back in the 1976 and the company is now one of the most valuable companies in the world. I was first mesmerized by his keynote presentation back when I was researching about presentation skills 2 years ago. Then I started learning about his life, ups and downs. From Apple to NeXT, to Pixar and Disney, and back to Apple. He persevered and believed in creating insanely great products that, in Steve Jobs’s term, ‘works like magic’.

Simple lessons that Steve Jobs had taught me:

  1. That you cannot connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. Continue doing what you love with faith, do not stop, even during bad times.
  2. To ‘Think Different’. Challenge things and build better ones.
  3. That we should all drop out of college, and trust that everything would all work out okay. (Just kidding!!)
Evidences that Steve Jobs endorses and encourages Start-Up Founder or Co-Founders to work extremely hard. Steve Jobs’ story can be found here.
Steve Jobs was all about working hard even though the results may be failure.
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Another hero of mine is Donald Trump, a real-estate entrepreneur that is well known for his catchphrase “You’re fired!” in the Apprentice. There is one story about this man that I always, I repeat, always motivate myself with and I would like to share it with you. This excerpt is from a book titled ‘Think Big: Make It Happen in Business and Life’ by Donald Trump himself and co-authored by Bill Zanker:

‘In the 90s, a lot of good people went bankrupt. I never went bankrupt, but I went through hell. My company owed billions and was much too heavily leveraged. I was in debt personally for $900 million. One day I was walking down the street and I said to my then wife Marla, “That beggar over there is worth $900 million more than I am.” She said, “What do you mean?” I said, “Because I’m $900 million in debt, and at least he has money in his pocket.”

He stayed focused since then, and worked even harder. Well, guess what? Today, his company is many times bigger than it was back then. It was an epic comeback. Never stay depressed. As a friend of mine shared with me just recently, “You can rest, but never give up, keep going.”

Donald Trump’s stories taught me to:

  1. Dream BIG because what you dream is what you will do.
  2. Create our own luck by working hard. Because good luck happens when opportunity meets preparation. The harder you work, the luckier you get.
  3. FOCUS.

I can talk about these 2 men all day, but I guess keeping the article short and straight to the point would be better for readers. Both men seem to have so much in differences, from different backgrounds, different sectors, yet they share so much in common when it comes to having a kick-ass attitude and never giving up in what they believed in.