‎”3 Apples changed the World, 1st one seduced Eve, 2nd fell on Newton and the 3rd was offered to the World half bitten by Steve Jobs.”

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RIP Steve Jobs

I am not a user of Apple, but I am fan of Steve Jobs, his visionary approach, his ideas, his way of leaving a mark on this world.  And today, the man has died, but its legend will go on.

Here’s to the rare crazy ones, the visionaries that trust in themselves, go on their own uncharted road, leave a mark and then the world starts to follow them.

RIP Steve Jobs, you did changed the world.

The most memorable lessons left behind by him?

1) Think different. 

This is the original Apple video:

This is the video with the same message, created as a tribute for Steve Jobs:

2) His ability to fail forward (very true words taken from this article)

The news is awash with retrospective pieces on the accomplishments of Steve Jobs. Rightfully so, accomplishments should be celebrated.

As innovative and redefining as Job’s successes are, I have become more enamored with his failures. More specifically, in his ability to fail forward.  There is a lot that we can learn from Steve Jobs failures, whether we are in marketing, social media, communication, leadership, or are just students of life. 

Every product that Steve Jobs creates turns to gold, right? I mean, there is the iPod, the iPhone, iTunes, the iPad, and the Mac. Then there is the Lisa computer, the hockey puck mouse, NeXT Computer, the Rokr, iTools, and the G4 Cube…

Steve Jobs has had epic success, but he has also had epic failure. […find all the biography of success and failures in the article]

Steve Jobs knows epic failure.

In a 2005 commencement address to graduating Stanford students, Jobs said of his failures,” they increased my determination and will to succeed; they helped me sort out real friends from pretenders; they helped me seek out and build support systems I would not have needed if I succeeded immediately; and they helped me focus my life on what mattered most.”

What I’ve learned from Steve Jobs failure:

  1. Steve Jobs did not, as best I can tell, define himself as a failure as a result of a professional or personal failure. His self-worth and ability to create was not discernibly affected.
  2. Steve Jobs learned from failure and became better because of it. He didn’t abandon his ideas altogether. He learned what had failed and eliminated it. He learned what was successful and capitalized on it. The Rokr begot the iPhone. The Lisa begot the Mac. iTools begot the upcoming iCloud.
  3. Seve Jobs built an intentional network of support where he was able to seek help and advice when the going go tough.
  4. Steve Jobs allowed failure to focus his life. He did not abandon. He analyzed, reevaluated, and re-executed based on what was important to him.

So Steve Jobs failed. I hope that I can fail so well.

Rest in peace, Steve.

3) His memorable speech- Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address.

Most interesting quotes for me (full transcript can be read here):

‎”Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots. […] 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. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

My second story is about love and loss.[…] I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over. 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. […] I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

My third story is about death. When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

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. Because 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. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

[…] Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

[…]Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”