20 Life Lessons from Steve Jobs


Lance Ulanoff, ed-in-chief of my all-time-fave site Mashable, created this 20-point summary after reading the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson.  Now that I’m coaching for PSI Starshooters Team 85 starting Feb. 2012, this is more than timely for my phase in life.   This list is also something I’m lovingly going to share with my future team players.

My personal thoughts to follow.

  • Don’t Wait

When the young Steve Jobs wanted to build something and needed a piece of equipment, he went straight to the source.

“He began by recalling that he had wanted to build a frequency counter when he was twelve, and he was able to look up Bill Hewlett, the founder of HP, in the phone book and call him to get parts.”

  • Make Your Own Reality

Steve Jobs learned early that when you don’t like how things are in your life or in your world, change them, either through action or sheer force of will.

“As Hoffman later lamented, “The reality distortion field can serve as a spur, but then reality itself hits.” – Joanna Hoffman, part of Apple’s early Macintosh team.

“I didn’t want to be a father, so I wasn’t,” Jobs later said, with only a touch of remorse in his voice.

  • Control Everything You Can

Steve Jobs was, to a certain degree, a hippie. However, unlike most free spirits of the 1960s-to-1970s love-in era, Jobs was a detail-oriented control freak.

“He wants to control his environment, and he sees the product as an extension of himself.”

  • Own Your Mistakes

Jobs could be harsh and even thoughtless. Perhaps nowhere was that more in evidence than with his first daughter. Still, as Jobs grew older and began to face mortality, he more readily admitted his mistakes.

“I’ve done a lot of things I’m not proud of, such as getting my girlfriend pregnant when I was twenty-three and the way I handled that,” Jobs said.”

  • Know Yourself

While not always aware of how those around him were reacting to his appearance or demeanor, Jobs had no illusions about his own formidable intellectual skills.

“Then a more disconcerting discovery began to dawn on him: He was smarter than his parents.”

  • Leave the Door Open for the Fantastic

Jobs was a seeker, pursuing spiritual enlightenment and body purification throughout his life. He wasn’t a particularly religious person, but did not dismiss the existence or something beyond our earth-bound realm.

“I think different religions are different doors to the same house. Sometimes I think the house exists, and sometimes I don’t. It’s the great mystery.” — Steve Jobs

  • Don’t Hold Back

Apple’s founder was famous for his outbursts and sometimes over-emotional responses. In product development, things were often amazing or sh_t.

“He was an enlightened being who was cruel,” she recalled. “That’s a strange combination.”– former girlfriend and mother of Jobs’ first daughter, Chrisann Brennan

  • Surround Yourself with Brilliance

Whether he was willing to admit it or not, Steve Jobs could not do everything. Yes, he could have a huge impact on every product and marketing campaign, but he also knew that there were others in the world with skills he did not possess. Jobs’ early partnership with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak perfectly illustrated this fact. His early success with Wozniak provided the template for future collaborations.

“After a couple of months he was ready to test it. ‘I typed a few keys on the keyboard and I was shocked! The letters were displayed on the screen.’ It was Sunday, June 29, 1975, a milestone for the personal computer. “It was the first time in history,” Wozniak later said, “anyone had typed a character on a keyboard and seen it show up on their own computer’s screen right in front of them.”

  • Build a Team of A Players

Far too often, companies and managers settle for average employees. Steve Jobs recognized talent and decided that any conflict that might arise from a company full of “A”-level players would be counterbalanced by awesome output. He may have been right.

“For most things in life, the range between best and average is 30% or so. The best airplane flight, the best meal, they may be 30% better than your average one. What I saw with Woz was somebody who was fifty times better than the average engineer. He could have meetings in his head. The Mac team was an attempt to build a whole team like that, A players. People said they wouldn’t get along, they’d hate working with each other. But I realized that A players like to work with A players, they just didn’t like working with C players.”– Steve Jobs

“I’ve learned over the years that when you have really good people you don’t have to baby them,” Jobs later explained. “By expecting them to do great things, you can get them to do great things.”

  • Be Yourself

Steve Jobs was often so busy being himself that he had no idea how people saw him, especially in his early, dirty-hippie days.

“At meetings we had to look at his dirty feet.” Sometimes, to relieve stress, he would soak his feet in the toilet, a practice that was not as soothing for his colleagues.”—Mike Markkula, Apple’s first chairman.

  • Be Persuasive

While it’s true that early Steve Jobs was a somewhat smelly and unpleasant person to be around, this same Steve Jobs also trained himself to stare without blinking for long periods of time and found that he could persuade people to do the seemingly impossible.

“If it could save a person’s life, would you find a way to shave ten seconds off the boot time?” he asked. Kenyon allowed that he probably could. Jobs went to a whiteboard and showed that if there were five million people using the Mac, and it took ten seconds extra to turn it on every day, that added up to three hundred million or so hours per year that people would save, which was the equivalent of at least one hundred lifetimes saved per year.”

  • Show Others the Way

Jobs wasn’t truly a programmer or technologist, certainly not in the way that Microsoft founder Bill Gates is, yet he had an intuitive understanding for technology and design that ended up altering the world’s expectations for computers and, more importantly, consumer electronics.

“To be honest, we didn’t know what it meant for a computer to be ‘friendly’ until Steve told us.” — Terry Oyama, part of the early Macintosh design team.

  • Trust Your Instincts

I have, in my own career, navigated by gut on more than one occasion. Steve Jobs, though, had a deep and abiding belief in his own tastes and believed with utter certainty that if he liked something, the public would as well. He was almost invariably right.

“Did Alexander Graham Bell do any market research before he invented the telephone?” — Steve Jobs

  • Take Risks

Throughout his career, Steve Jobs took chances, first with the launch of Apple, then in walking away from it and then returning in 1997. In an era when most companies were figuring out ways to diversify, Apple — under Job’s leadership — shed businesses and products, and focused on relatively few areas. He was also willing to steer the entire Apple ship (or at least some aspects of it) in a single direction if he thought it would generate future success.

“One of Jobs’ management philosophies was that it is crucial, every now and then, to roll the dice and ‘bet the company’ on some new idea or technology.”

“I had this crazy idea that we could sell just as many Macs by advertising the iPod. In addition, the iPod would position Apple as evoking innovation and youth. So I moved $75 million of advertising money to the iPod, even though the category didn’t justify one hundredth of that. That meant that we completely dominated the market for music players. We outspent everybody by a factor of about a hundred.” — Steve Jobs.

  • Follow Great with Great

In everything from products to movies (under Pixar), Steve Jobs sought to create great follow-ups. He wasn’t so successful in the early part of his career (see Lisa), but his third acts to Pixar and Apple proved he had the sequel touch.

“There’s a classic thing in business, which is the second-product syndrome,” Jobs later said. It comes from not understanding what made your first product so successful. “I lived through that at Apple. My feeling was, if we got through our second film, we’d make it.”

  • Make Tough Decisions

Good managers and leaders are willing to do hard work and, often, make unpopular decisions. Jobs apparently had little concern about being liked and therefore was well-equipped to make tough choices.

“The most visible decision he made was to kill, once and for all, the Newton, the personal digital assistant with the almost-good handwriting-recognition system.”

  • Presentation Can Make a World of Difference

The Apple founder hated PowerPoint presentations, but perhaps somewhat uncharacteristically, believed elegant product presentation was critical.

“Packaging can be theater, it can create a story.” — Jony Ive, Apple designer.

  • Find a Way to Balance Your Intensity

It’s unclear if Steve Jobs ever truly mellowed, but he did learn that a buffer between him and the rest of Apple could be useful.

“In a company that was led by a CEO prone to tantrums and withering blasts, Cook commanded situations with a calm demeanor, a soothing Alabama accent, and silent stares.”

  • Live for Today

Even as Steve Jobs struggled with cancer, he rarely slowed down. If anything, the disease helped him focus his efforts and pursue some of his grandest dreams.

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.” — Steve Jobs

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” — Steve Jobs

  • Share Your Wisdom

Steve Jobs was not a philanthropic soul. He had a passion for products and success, but it wasn’t until he became quite ill that he started reaching out and offering his wisdom to others in the tech community.

“I will continue to do that with people like Mark Zuckerberg too. That’s how I’m going to spend part of the time I have left. I can help the next generation remember the lineage of great companies here and how to continue the tradition. The Valley has been very supportive of me. I should do my best to repay.” — Steve Jobs

Original article by Mr. Lance Ulanoff found here.  I couldn’t help but comment. 🙂

Thank you Steve Jobs, for inspiring us to no end.  I pray that one day I may also leave a strong and lasting legacy for others to create positive and loving change in their life.

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The Starshooter’s Code of Ethics


I commit to something bigger than myself.
I commit 100% to a world that works.
I take full responsibility for whatever I create in my life.
I live a life of excellence where commitment, not circumstance, dictates the outcome.
I overcome my obstacles and make my life work 100%.
I move forward with character and courage.
I WIN as a TEAM Player.

My amazing experiences in 60 days!


Its been an AMAZING 2 months.  Two major events that I’ve chosen to take:

Truly God and the universe have been throwing blessings and oh so many wonderful things my way the past 2 months, of which I will share in a succeeding post.

And I believe it all comes from this: That I’ve open my mind, heart and spirit to the thinking that I deserve to receive so much, without hesitation and no questioning anymore! 😀  I am a generous giver and also an EXCELLENT receiver!

P.S. More information about T. Harv Eker’s Millionaire Mind Intensive (MMI) can be found here:

Thank you Lord! 😀

Never Give Up on Yourself


Today I got my heart broken…again.  I found myself struggling to focus at work but once in a while would drift into a little wall or window staring, still in a slight daze about what transpired this morning.

This morning, I told this man, “Getting married in 2011 is part of my Heroic goals. I realized yesterday that I shouldn’t waste my time with people who only mess with me and get in the way of my goals.” Hurtful words, yes. But I guess to someone who is insensitive, those words should drive the point across.

I couldn’t help but think to myself over and over today:

“You’re so stupid, you’re so stupid for having fallen into his trap again!!!

Driving home was a bit of a challenge.  My tears were blurring my vision so much that everything was misty.  Good thing traffic was slow-moving so I didn’t have to compensate.

Fell asleep by 9pm. If you know my sleeping habits, that’s something short of a miracle. But then again I had to wake up at 11pm to run a promo on Facebook. So along with going online comes email checking, etc.

Tonight, God sent me this whisper:

September 20, 2010

Dear Rezza,

I’ll never give up on you. So don’t give up on yourself.

Planner,

God

P.S. And I’ll never give up on your destiny. So don’t give up on yours, Rezza. A new day is here!

Yes, His mercies are new every morning.  Great is His faithfulness, and I know that He will carry me through to reach my goal in finding and marrying my true life partner in 2011.

Love abundantly!

Rezza

Inspirational for Sept. 17, 2010


Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.

Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.

Ella Fitzgerald

Love and Inspiration drives you to achieve that which will bless you most. Image Credits: http://www.byrdbaggett.com/free/wallpapers/perseverance1024.jpg

This Blog’s New Purpose


The thought has been simmering at the back of my head for a few weeks now.  I need to blog it in order for it to crystallize and take shape.

To think is to create. (thank you PSI)

Since 2006, I already knew my calling: EVANGELIZATION.  But that thought did not make much sense when I left Janssen and the BLD Singles Ministry to re-join Smart in 2007.  My new job demanded so much of my time, it required excessive gray matter that I did not have time to pursue other things… and I was a workhorse that had to churn out one advertising campaign after another. At the end of my first year in Smart, I had done a whopping 197 ad campaigns.

Mid-2008, a man who had just turned 40 and was dear to me at that particular time was struggling with himself.  He was experiencing mid-life crisis.  He plainly expressed that at his age, he still did not know what his life purpose was. I gave him a curious look.  So point-blank he asked me:

“Do you know what your purpose in life is?”

The answer to me was crystal clear.  In a heartbeat, I replied,

“Yes. My purpose, my calling is to do evangelization.”

He was wide-eyed and doubly surprised. From how he knew me, plus with the hours I kept in the office, he couldn’t fathom what I meant. I gently explained to him how I had spent practically 16 years of life, prior to meeting him.

Quite indignantly, he retorted,

“Then why aren’t you evangelizing to me?”

I was dumbstruck.  After a pregnant pause, I quietly replied,

“Because I don’t force these things unto others. I believe the longing should come from within themselves.  I only aid, support and lead. I do not impose.”

Another thought was playing in my head. It was telling me, “Because I chose to do something else, and evangelization is something I have to set aside for now given other priorities in my life.”

Fast forward to 2010.  This year has been a roller-coaster year, emotionally.  But that’s not the highlight. An uncanny series of events has been unfurling before me, evolving, emerging, becoming increasingly more apparent. I can NO LONGER ignore my calling. I can no longer hide and procrastinate, pretending to be deaf and having other worldly concerns.  No more lame excuses, no more but’s.

Don’t ask me about specifics yet. I just KNOW with real certainty this is a personal awakening, the start of something LIFE-CHANGING for me and my future readers/friends.

As I write this, it just dawned on me that I have received again the gift that I once thought I lost a long time ago: The gift of EXPECTANT FAITH.

This is what I have discerned:  I will use my love of writing, plus my desire to pursue social media, as tools for evangelization (I wrote about it in an earlier post here).  First I figured, “I need to create a brand new blog.”  But tonight, it smacked me hard on the head.  I didn’t need to create one.  This blog,  created in 2007, only recently seemed to have the most nebulous, generic positioning. Now, it makes real sense.

Brand New Day, Brand New Blog” or BNDBNB, will henceforth be the place where I will write about transformation, positivity, change, leadership and a newfound life that I am about to experience.

Stretching out my hands to reach out to what the universe has for me: God‘s abundant gifts and blessings all laid out for me to receive and use to the full!

God is so good.  All the time!

Love abundantly!

Rezza