We’ll Miss You Steve Jobs.

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs

It’s with a heavy heart I read the news that Steve Jobs is stepping down from his role as CEO of Apple.  I am a big Jobs fan, not just because of his amazing resilience (my favorite leadership attribute) but because of his incredible impact on society as a visionary leader.

I share this video with you for inspiration! As I write this post on my MacBook Pro, listening to iTunes, just having put down my iPhone and gearing up to read later on my iPad, I am amazed at the achievement of Job’s “I want to put a ding in the universe.” desire.

Thank you Steve Jobs!


About karlinsloan

Karlin Sloan has committed herself to finding out what makes great leaders tick, and to supporting leaders to be the change they wish to see in the world. As a corporate citizen she is an advocate for triple-bottom-line reporting, for creating sustainable ways of working and living, and for creating positive organizational communities that work together for the greater good. She is the author of the acclaimed business book Smarter, Faster, Better; Strategies for Effective, Enduring, and Fulfilled Leadership which has been translated into Thai and Russian, UNFEAR: Facing Change in an Era of Uncertainty, and co-author of the 2012 book Lemonade: The Leaders Guide to Resilience at Work. For more information see www.karlinsloan.com or www.theresilienceproject.net
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One Response to We’ll Miss You Steve Jobs.

  1. Karlin, great post! The link didn’t work — it seems to have some extra stuff in it — and here’s a link that does: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc. I’d seen it before, and it was a great gift from you to remind me of it. I watched it again, as if for the first time.

    The main point, to me, that I captured from the first time I saw it, was this: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” It’s not a new idea, but coming from Jobs and the emphasis he put on it, it’s a great message.

    George Burns, in his 90s at the time, in an interview was asked what the secret of a long life is, and he put his cigar in his mouth, took it out, smiled, and said, “Love the work you do”, put the cigar back in his mouth and walked away.

    I happened one day within the last year to come upon a panel discussion with Bill Gates and Warren Buffet at a university (was it Stanford?). The audience consisted of graduate students in the business school. They were doing question and answer, and a woman asked what they saw were the biggest opportunities today in terms of industries to go into. Gates went into a long spiel about this industry and that one, and then Buffet said, “Dear, do what you love, you’ll do great. It doesn’t matter what industry it is.”

    Lastly, I will not miss Steve Jobs, because what is eternal never leaves, and he words and his example will live on.


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