Steve Jobs, success in failure
What was the one thing that allowed Steve Jobs to create the Apple empire? I just
finished reading Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. In this insightful work Gladwell notes that Jobs was born at the perfect point in time to be part of a revolution. Not to old, not to young but just the right age in 1975 to spearhead the explosive growth of the personal computer. Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Steve Balmer, Erick Schmidt, Bill Joy, Scott McNealy, , Vinod Khosla and Andy Becholsheim, were all born between 1954-1955. All were significant contributors to the computer revolution. Other then birth dates, what else did they have in common? They were all exposed to opportunities to develop new ideas and technologies. They all spent countless hours practicing and exploring, driven by a passion to know and discover. Timing is important but only if you are open to new ideas and take massive action once you notice them. Non of them were driven by a desire to become finically wealthy. Yet all of them did become so, as a side effect of their desire to make a difference. What is the one thing you could do, the accomplishment of which would make everything else easier or unnecessary? What opportunity is right in front of you? One that you are just about to notice NOW? To your discovery and making a difference in the lives of others.
Most modern culture historians see Jan. 24, 1984 as the day when the PC revolution truly began. Steve Jobs — sporting his trademark bow tie — walked onstage to unveil the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Macintosh and his enthusiasm immediately infected the crowd. Anybody who has watched the video of the event can see how much the crowd loved him and how excited they were about the device he was talking about.
Macintosh sales started off gangbusters too, but not for long. The company sold 70,000 Macintosh computers through April. However, by year end, sales had dropped to only 10,000 a month. The company discontinued the Lisa in 1985, and with Macintosh sales falling off a cliff, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) plunged into a major crisis. Read More
Think Different to Make a Difference
The meaning you give to events that occur in your life determines the value of experience. A close friend of mine was diagnosed with Parkinson’s a few year ago. When he shared that with me “I said I’m so sorry”. He said “don’t be David, I didn’t share this with you to
define who I am but rather to let you be aware that it may eventually effect how I relate to you. He went on to describe the hidden gift in knowing he had the disease.
For the last number of years, he’d made a point of seeing all the wonders of the world, he had ever dreamed of. He had been on seven continents and enjoyed every minute of the journey along with his wife. He’s made a point of tell her, everyday, how much he loves and appreciates her. Then he said “I choose not to let the disease define who I am but rather thank it for requiring me to prioritize what is really important in my life.” He also asked me not to bring it up again, because we had already given it all the attention needed for it to serve it’s purpose for us. Since that conversation I make it a point to ask myself each day “what is really important today and what is the positive purpose of every event in my life.” I encourage you to do the same.
At the turn of the millennium, “Think Different” was the widely acclaimed advertising campaign for Apple Inc. But for company chairman Steve Jobs, thinking differently was more than just a slogan — it was an unavoidable fact of life.
Jobs — subject of a new biopic, “Jobs” — was a typical obsessive, according to author Joshua Kendall, and Apple’s leader probably had a little-known disorder that psychiatrists now refer to as obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, or OCPD. Read More
Steve Jobs at Stanford On Success
“It’s the little things done consistently over time that makes the big difference.
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