Ode to Steve

Courtesy: Dylan Roscover

It has taken me a moment to create this post.  Like millions around the world I was devastated upon hearing of Steve’s death.  I will be honest…I cried…hard.  Those of you who know me know how I feel about Apple and the mastermind behind so many innovations that drive my passion for better opportunities for our children.  What I quickly learned was the Steve wouldn’t want me to be crying…he would want me to press on and continue to be an innovator…a Cre8tiv Mind.  He was afraid of death, he actually embraced it.  It was in the shadow of death that he was able to fully unleash his creativity for the entire world to see.  And we basked in his sunlight and even absorbed much of its goodness.   I just want to say thank you Steven P. Jobs for being you.  Your boldness has allowed me to confidently be me.

Humbly Yours,

The Cre8tiv Mind

A few items to share with the rest of the Cre8tiv Minds:

10 Lessons Learned from Steve Jobs.

1. Don’t be afraid to fail.
“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple (AAPL) 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.” Steve Jobs, June 12, 2005.

2. Stay in the game.
The real breakthrough moments in Steve’s career happened after 25 years of struggle. “Sometimes when you’re in the middle of one of these crises, you’re not sure you’re going to make it to the other end. But we’ve always made it, and so we have a certain degree of confidence, although sometimes you wonder.” Steve Jobs, March 7, 2008.
“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” Steve Jobs interview, 1995.

3. Follow your passion wherever it leads.
“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.” Steve Jobs, May 25, 1993.
“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.” Steve Jobs, June 12, 2005.

4. Just say no.
“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.” Steve Jobs, June 2003. “I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do.” Steve Jobs, February 6, 2006.

5. Expect excellence.
No company innovates on a regular schedule like Apple. “My job is to not be easy on people. My job is to make them better.” “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”

6. A master architect builds a platform upon which others are given the capacity to thrive.
Apple’s ecosystem and especially its App Store enabled creativity to flourish.

7. Love and passion come first.
Everything else will take care of itself. “My job is to make the whole executive team good enough to be successors, so that’s what I try to do.” “When I hire somebody really senior, competence is the ante. They have to be really smart. But the real issue for me is, Are they going to fall in love with Apple? Because if they fall in love with Apple, everything else will take care of itself. They’ll want to do what’s best for Apple, not what’s best for them, what’s best for Steve, or anybody else.” Steve Jobs, March 7, 2008.

8. Too many of us fail to reach our potential because of the bureaucracy that binds us.
“Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?” Steve Jobs, September 1982.

9. Quality vs. quantity?
Steve understands it. “Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.” Steve Jobs, February 6, 2006.

10. Progress comes from within.
“The cure for Apple is not cost-cutting. The cure for Apple is to innovate its way out of its current predicament.” Steve Jobs, 2004.

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