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Business Lessons From Steve Jobs

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On October 5th, 2011, Steve Jobs, the founder and driving force behind Apple died.  I am not a fan of Apple nor was I a fan of Steve Jobs.  By not being a fan I do not mean I was a foe either.  I never gave the Apple/Steve Jobs “story” much thought.  I really didn’t know much about him other than the headline stuff.   However, it is undeniable that this man had something special and we should take notice. 

1)      He thrived in the hi-tech world on the international business stage with “only” a high school education.  I guess it goes to show that you can still reach the pinnacle of your field with hard work, innovation and creativity.  Maybe there is some hope for the rest of us.

2)       He was able to think two steps ahead of the competition.   He created the iPhone that made its chief rival, the Blackberry, essentially obsolete in less than 4 years.   Today the Blackberry is a dying brand as the company rested on their laurels and watched as competitors ate their lunch.  Now, no one wants the Blackberry.  It is a phone that can get email and surf the web – poorly.  The iPhone is many levels beyond that – a much more rewarding user experience. 

3)      He was smart enough to see a good thing and capitalize on it.  When he created the iPhone he really created the first iPad.  All he had to do was figure out how to spread the message and create the need.  A need that did not exist before, and now the iPad is turning the personal computer world upside down.  There is talk that the PC as we know it has been changed forever as the development of the iPad or “tablet” will eventually replace the PC.  That day is probably closer than we realize.  Read my August 2010 review of the iPad here.

Steve Jobs, a man who believed in Turning Things On End To Achieve Results!  Have a great week.

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Written by pacelinebiz

October 10, 2011 at 10:07 am

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