Not many things can guarrantee success in our world. John Sculley, a former chief executive of Apple and a longtime business expert, says the best chance is to choose “purose-driven life.”
Scully called on young people to pay attention to the lesson he learned from technology icons Steve Jobs and Bill Gates about 40 years ago.
“My advice to you is … (to) choose a purpose-driven life”, said the 80-year-old man in a recent speech to Thomas Jefferson University graduates in Philadelphia.
Scully said his eyes opened for the first time the idea of a “goal” in the 1980s. At that time, both Gates and Jobs were working on their “noble causes” to enable people to access technology with ease.
Scully remembers first hearing the term “noble causes” used by Jobs and Gates. He moved from Pepsi to Apple in 1983 when Jobs asked him, “You want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?”
Scolly said the discovery and the path to achieving a goal is now more important than ever. That is because the pace of change has accelerated tremendously with the way we work.
“In the past, people would just sit in” in reference to the old way of working.
” Today, it’s more possible to have a purpose-driven life,” Scolley said, saying that it is now easier to work with in an entrepreneurial spirit and to imagine and implement new ideas, no matter where you work.
Find the purpose of life
Scully said that, of course, finding your goal is easier than achieving it, especially for those who are just entering the job market.
He recommended sharpening the right traits to get there – gaining “unsatisfied curiosity” about the world you live in and opening your mind to infinite opportunities.
“You’ve got to have a huge curiosity and open your mind to the possibilities of things that could exist,” Scully said.
These are the characteristics that Scully said he tried to embrace when he was CEO of Apple from 1983 to 1993, and in his current role as a technical investor and entrepreneur consultant.
Sully said that he also sees these skills in Gates’s successor, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. ” He’s a superb listener and he has an open mind,” Scoli said of the 51-year-old.
Scully also said there was no need to worry if you haven’t been able to get there yet, or if you found obstacles along the way.
“There’s a very thin line between success and failure,” Scully said. “Just because someone’s successful, it doesn’t mean they were that much different (to anyone else). Failure is very important in one’s growth too”