January 31, 2007

Three lessons from Apple CEO "Steve Jobs"

It was a routine day in the office,when I got an email from my friend Hiral which made me realize that I am missing something if I have not read "iCon-Steve Jobs".In the email,Steve Jobs has mentioned three interesting facts about his life and what he learnt from those incidents.
May be,it is because of these incidents,that has made Steve Jobs a "Change Machine"

The complete story can be found on Google Docs-"Steve Jobs Story"

Some facts which I found interesting are as below:
(Note: I in the article refers to Steve Jobs)

Story about connecting the dots:
I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents' savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn't see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. .......................... Ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. Mac was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, its likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do.

Story about love and loss:
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.

Story about death:
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.And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.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. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

The complete story can be found on Google Docs-"Steve Jobs Story"

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6 Comments:

At Jan 31, 2007, 5:46:00 PM , Anonymous Hiral Shah said...

Hi, Himanshu,

I had read this long back.From the whole story I liked

"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. "

Thanks that, you read the email carefully and posted it on your "effective blog"

Hiral Shah

 
At Jan 31, 2007, 5:47:00 PM , Blogger Himanshu Sheth said...

Hi Hiral,
Thanks for this article and it was very motivating for me.

-Himanshu

 
At Feb 1, 2007, 1:12:00 AM , Blogger Alok said...

That’s a good one, infact good leanings from life. I can say life always gives us a chance to learn and identify oneself in this beautiful world. Those who learned it for them it's always a success. It’s more like what we tried then what we get it from life.

Thanks & keep Blogging
Alok

 
At Feb 1, 2007, 6:01:00 PM , Blogger Himanshu Sheth said...

Hi Alok,
Yes it is true.Trying and as what Steve Jobs has told "Doing what you enjoy" is very important in life.

-Himanshu

 
At Feb 8, 2007, 12:09:00 PM , Blogger chaitanya.gk said...

nice post!

 
At Feb 8, 2007, 11:44:00 PM , Blogger Himanshu Sheth said...

Hi Chaitanya,
Thanks for looking into this post and this blog.

Watch out for more!!!

-Himanshu

 

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