How to develop your brain: Steve Jobs’ method

One of the qualities, which Jobs is famous for was the ability to see what others do not see. About how he succeeded and what technique for the development of the brain he used, we’ll describe below.


Recently, a new book about Steve Jobs ‘Becoming Steve Jobs’ was issued. The author tells about the events from Steve Jobs’ life, many of them you will hear for the first time.

The current Apple CEO Tim Cook offered  Jobs a part of his liver. Jobs angrily refused, saying that he would never do it. And although after a while he still agreed to transplant, many people believed that his refusal was due to the fact that the religion he preaches (Buddhism), prohibits such interference in the body.

The real cause of his refusal we’re unlikely to know. However, he practiced the eastern methods of training the brain.

Jobs often did conscious meditation in order to reduce the amount of stress and to clear thinking.

Biographer Walter Isaacson quotes Jobs in the book:

[blockquote source]If you’ll just sit and watch, you’ll see how infinitely your thinking is. If you try to calm it down, it will only get worse. But soon, thinking itself calms down and you learn to control it.At this point, wakes intuition and you see everything around much clearer than seen before. [/blockquote]


Jobs describes a kind of meditation, which is practiced by Zen Buddhists and Taoists. He studied it for many years. Moreover, he so popularized the practice that companies like Target, Google and Ford, began to teach their employees to meditate on a regular basis.

And although the idea of ​​corporate meditation sounds pretty strange, there’s still something  special there.

Here’s how the technique practiced by Steve Jobs looked like:

  1.  Sit in a quiet place. You may put a pillow under your head to make you more comfortable. Take a few deep breaths.
  2. Close your eyes and listen to your inner monologue. Your brain will “scroll” different events that occurred recently: transmissions on TV, a book you’ve red, talks with friends. Do not try to stop it.
  3. Instead, calmly move from thought to thought. Make it a ritual and perform itfive minutes each day.

Soon (in a week or two), you’ll learn to control your inner monologue, and then we can move on to the more advanced practice:

  1. Now, when you hear in your head stray thoughts, try to make them quieter and graduetly abstract away from them.
  2. Freeing the brain, accentuate its attention to the sounds around you, smells, sensations in the body. Perhaps you’ll begin to feel the wind on the skin or the operating sound of the refrigerator. This is a sign that you are doing everything right.
  3. Another sign that you are doing everything right: time flies in meditation.

The first few weeks you do not see results, then it finally comes, and you learn to control the thoughts in meditation, focus on different sounds and smells. But after a while the progress slows down again, thereby killing the motivation to do it again.

But knowing that Jobs also practiced the similar technique is a great motivation to get started.