Create, Innovate, Cooperate: Inspiration from Steve Jobs

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Create, Innovate, Cooperate: Inspiration from Steve Jobs

This was written by Maggie, our campus ambassador from the University of Kansas!

Steve Jobs represents the spirit of creation, innovation and cooperation. Every intern should take a page from his book to feed their motivation and spark their drive to achieve success. What is the difference between a mediocre intern and a highly successful one? Passion and hard work. These two items go hand in hand. When passion is present, hard work follows. You have to create, innovate and cooperate to stand out in a crowd of talented interns. These fundamental characteristics are a product of relentless determination. The first step is to find your passion and an internship is an ideal way to test out different options.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

Steve Jobs, Stanford commencement speech, June 2005

You will achieve so much more in life if you love what you do. Take the time to seek out your passion during your college years when opportunities are constantly are your doorstep. Apply to positions and internships that are outside your comfort zone and then rise to the occasion if you get accepted. You have nothing to lose.

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

Steve Jobs, Stanford commencement speech, June 2005

Pinpoint your dream job and create your own path to success. At the end of the day, you want your work to bring you happiness. It&s really a simple matter that gets covered under competition, money and life distractions. Remember what your life purpose is and go after your goals.

Try to incorporate all of the items daily:

- Read. Above all else, read about the world around you. Read news articles, books about health, fashion tips or whatever else you can get your hands on. Reading sparks ideas and fresh ideas are more than welcome in internships and the working world. It&s best to be a bookworm!

- Be nice and network. Be friendly and converse with anyone and everyone. You never know who knows who and the world just keeps getting smaller the further you delve into a specific field. Seek out connections using LinkedIn and your school&s career center.

- List goals. Write your goals down and look at them every single day. Remind yourself of your desired endpoint and the journey will be worth it. Post this list on your desk and when the going gets tough it will inspire you to keep pushing toward your ambitions.

- Learn. Soak in the knowledge that the world has to offer. Learn whenever you can, wherever you can. Knowledge is priceless and you never know what information come in handy in an interview down the road.

- Listen. Keep your ears open to all ideas and embrace them. Different points of view can lead you an activity, job, opportunity or internship that you wouldn&t have known about otherwise.

Use Steve Jobs& advice and set your goals, discover your passion and do meaningful work. Good luck!