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boardroom-furniture2If you have a goal that you want to accomplish in life, be willing to make sacrifices for it.  Everyone wants to sit at the table with the big wigs and make the big decisions but are you willing to do what it takes to get there? In the age of overnight millionaires and billionaires, it seems that everyone wants it now. Truthfully, for the majority, there is no easy route to success. You must discipline yourself through education, hard work and determination.  Marvel Comic Hero Spiderman was told, “With great power comes great responsibility, because to whom much is given much is required.” One of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world was Steve Jobs, the creator of Apple. Jobs had to put in much effort, which included both successes and failures along his journey, before earning the #1 spot in the world of technology.

Although Jobs never graduated from college, he studied physics, literature, and poetry, at Reed College prior to founding The Apple Corporation. Using his family’s garage as a base of operations, Jobs and his team produced fifty fully assembled computers that were sold to a local Mountain View electronics store called the Byte Shop. This sale encouraged the pair to found the Apple Corporation on April 1, 1979. The Apple Corporation was named after Steve Job’s favorite fruit. After years of hard work and a few failures, the Apple began to get a little rotten and Jobs was forced out of the company. After being forced out of Apple, he started and founded a new tech company and named it “NeXT”. After Apple limped along for a few years, they offer Jobs his job back and purchases NeXT in 1996 and Steve Jobs returned to Apple to serve once more as its CEO from 1997 until his retirement in 2011.

The technology in NeXT software was transferred to the Macintosh and later into the iPhone. Since Jobs return to Apple as CEO in 1997, Apple Computers has had a renaissance in product development with the iPod, iMac, iPhone, iPad and more. Before his death, Jobs was listed as the inventor and/or co-inventor on 342 United States patents. It took Jobs more than a decade to achieve the level of success that he did. In the words of Steve Jobs, “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” You may not be at the table where you can make the big decisions but one only accomplishes earning a seat through perseverance.

In Conclusion, there is no reason to be envious of others success, instead study the blueprint of those who are successful and learn how to put all of the dots together to create your path to successful future. If you take this approach, you want be given a seat at the table, you will create the table that will seat others.

~Preston Byrd