“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.”
Founder and CEO of Apple
From his Stanford University
Commencement Address, 2005
There are only 16 more Selling Days in October and 58 remaining in the Quarter!!!
Picking an article to share with you about the passing of Steve Jobs is an impossible task with so many that knew him sharing their impressions on one of the most important entrepreneurs in history. To get a sense of what was important to this truly remarkable and essential human being, you ought to view the video of his 2005 Stanford Commencement speech. I hope you will share it with your friends, family and employees.
This inspiring speech, however, should not blind us to the fact that Steve Job’s management style was often very different from the warm, fuzzy and friendly feeling you get from using his products or visiting the Apple store at the mall. For some insights into the management style that made Apple the most valuable company in America, check out an article written recently which suggests that if Steve Jobs was often a hard man to work for, he was, in fact, “The Right Kind of Tyrant.” No matter what he was and ought to be a true inspiration to us all that nothing is impossible and that your dreams, hopes and wishes can actually come true if you are willing to work really hard and surround yourself with capable associates that work with you as a Team.
Go out and have a Great Selling Day and make a difference in at least on person’s life today.
WEDTags: CEO, Company, Great, Management, Selling, US, Yourself