There is no need to introduce Steve Jobs to you. His contributions to the world are many amongst them is the main reason I am able to start writing this post in the gym. The co-founder of Apple gave a new meaning to the small letter ‘i’ and to a half-eaten apple. He left the company he co-founded in 1985 only to return again after 11 years to make Apple what it is today.
He resigned a month and two weeks before his death, and he died one day after the iPhone 4s was introduced…so today’s question is, where were you when you heard the news? Did you get the news on your iphone or ipad?
If you live in our part of the world, you probably got it early morning 5-6 am UAE time. I personally saw it on facebook and then twitter confirmed it.
Steve jobs might have left but he did leave us with things to mull over. He was an innovative entrepreneur who lead an extraordinary life, a perfectionist who drove his employees crazy, and yet redefined the word ‘technology’
I just compiled a few lessons from the book “Inside Steve’s Brain” by Leander Kahney;
1) Find a passion for your work.
2) Partner only with A players and fire bozos.
3) Get busy. Roll up your sleeves and get to work straight away.
4) Face hard decisions head on.
5) Design pixel by pixel.
6) Don’t consciously think about innovation. Systemizing innovation is painful, just be innovative.
7) Insist things that are seemingly impossible.
Some of my favorite Steve Jobs Quote
1) “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”
2) “I was worth over $1,000,000 when I was 23, and over $10,000,000 when I was 24, and over $100,000,000 when I was 25, and it wasn’t that important because I never did it for the money.”
3) “Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
4) “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
5) “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
6) “I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”
7) Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
8) Stay hungry, stay foolish