Steve Jobs – what a shining example of a man who won over and over again, right? I mean, iTunes, iPod, iPad, iPhone – does that guy ever lose?
This concept really shows our bias to remember whatever has momentum. these days, Steve’s goto the mojo – Apple’s momentum is amazing.
It’s worthwhile to remember that Steve has some other things on his resume, too. Lisa, NeXT, Newton – oh – and getting FIRED from Apple!
What’s really powerful about Steve is that he didn’t quit. He could have taken his money and run away to live in peace and quiet. He could have started a charitable foundation and given his time and attention to that. He wasn’t done – and wasn’t content with failure.
In spite of Lisa and Newton being commercial failures, and Apple’s sagging season where they decided that Steve was the problem, he persevered.
I recently read a quote from Steve where he said that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that ever happened to him – it spurred his competitive greatness and drove him into new areas. He explored movies, and created Pixar. That experience opened his mind to movies and music, and laid the groundwork for his vision to create iPods supported with an online marketplace. Of course, I’m sure he didn’t see that when he lost his job.
Persevere! Don’t let failure get you down – take some time to examine what happened, because evaluated experience is the best teacher.
Then – “take chances, make mistakes, get dirty!” – Mrs. Frizzle
It’s the path to greatness!
Getting up after you fall down is an important part of Raising Your Game