Steve Job’s Advice to Improve Your Work Performance


Everybody is their professional life comes across the days where they feel overpowered with work. The never ending To-do lists, stress levels burst out, productivity hits the rock bottom. Sounds familiar enough? Here’s a piece of advice by tech giant Steve Jobs that might be of a great help.

What did he say?

In Apple’s Worldwide Developers conference, 1997 Steve Jobs gave this five-word career advice that can boost one’s productivity exponentially-“Focusing is about saying NO.” Confused? Even I was, until I read his speech completely.

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According to the legend, to come up with and execute brilliant ideas is to say “NO” to all the other tasks that eat up your time. “When you think about focusing, you think, well, focusing is about saying yes. No. Focusing is about saying no,” he said during the conference.

How does it help?

Of course, it sounds imbecile when you hear that first, but if you give it a little thought, it makes so much sense. We have heard the popular saying “Time is precious”, but nobody has ever sugar-coated it as beautifully as Steve Jobs. To be focused, one needs to be determined about the goal and prioritize the works. “Innovation is saying ‘no’ to 1,000 things. You have to pick carefully,” emphasized Jobs.

Put it to practice 

One can’t suddenly start saying no to their manager, colleagues and clients. But you can cultivate this habit step by step in your daily schedule and see your professional life taking a change. It could start by saying no to unnecessary coffee breaks, refusing to do your colleague; however small it is, running errands for your superiors, speaking up whenever necessary.

Point to Ponder

The advice by Jobs is not as easy as said. It’s really hard for some people to say no on the face. And, it might strain the relation between colleagues. But remember this, whenever you’re saying ‘no’ to some task and say ‘Yes’ to the task you’re interested in, you can see your productivity increase and make you give 100 percent. At the end of the day, you’re satisfied, that’s what everybody works for, after all.


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