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drishti (student) (28 Points)
Replied 07 October 2011

Really a fab article to read .

you have so vividly explained all his teachings at the same time correlating to each ca student individual life.

 

STEVE JOBS indeed was mesmarising personality.And through all his gadgets we would cherish him life long .

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Akansha (student) (92 Points)
Replied 07 October 2011

JUS 2 GREAT...............REALY STEVE JOBS HAS BEEN MY ROLE MODEL OF ALL TIMES............HE IS THE PERSON WHOM I HAV ALWAYS LOOKD UPON 4 INSPIRATION............STARTING 4M HS STARTING OF APPLE IN HIS GARAGE 2 HIS RESIGNATON 4M APPLE..................RIP........S.P.J............

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KETAN (CA Final) (87 Points)
Replied 07 October 2011

THE WORLD WILL MISS  YOU STEVE !!

NICE ONE PULKIT KEEP IT UP!!

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Vandana Mulchandani (Finance Manager ) (9227 Points)
Replied 07 October 2011

by Eric Jackson on Forbes.com

The Top Ten Lessons Steve Jobs Taught Us

He’s irreplaceable.  We’ll never see anyone else like him.  Edison, Einstein, Henry Ford… he has left an indelible mark on our society in the last 35 years and for many more to come.

Yet, despite his greatness, he also taught us that he’s just a man.  He got up every day, like you and me.  He kissed his family goodbye and he threw his heart and soul into his work – his passion — just like we can.

We all can be great.  If we try, we’ll honor him.

Here are the Top Ten Lessons Steve Jobs taught us:

1. The most enduring innovations marry art and science – Steve has always pointed out that the biggest difference between Apple and all the other computer (and post-PC) companies through history is that Apple always tried to marry art and science.  Jobs pointed out the original team working on the Mac had backgrounds in anthropology, art, history, and poetry.  That’s always been important in making Apple’s products stand out.  It’s the difference between the iPad and every other tablet computer that came before it or since.  It is the look and feel of a product.  It is its soul.  But it is such a difficult thing for computer scientists or engineers to see that importance, so any company must have a leader that sees that importance.

2. To create the future, you can’t do it through focus groups – There is a school of thought in management theory that — if you’re in the consumer-facing space building products and services — you’ve got to listen to your customer.  Steve Jobs was one of the first businessmen to say that was a waste of time.  The customers today don’t always know what they want, especially if it’s something they’ve never seen, heard, or touched before.  When it became clear that Apple would come out with a tablet, many were skeptical.  When people heard the name (iPad), it was a joke in the Twitter-sphere for a day.  But when people held one, and used it, it became a ‘must have.’  They didn’t know how they’d previously lived without one.  It became the fastest growing Apple product in its history.  Jobs (and the Apple team) trusted himself more than others.  Picasso and great artists have done that for centuries.  Jobs was the first in business.

3. Never fear failure – Jobs was fired by the successor he picked.  It was one of the most public embarrassments of the last 30 years in business.  Yet, he didn’t become a venture capitalist never to be heard from again.  He didn’t start a production company and do a lot of lunches.  He picked himself up and got back to work following his passion.  Eight years ago, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and told he only had a few weeks to live.  As Samuel Johnson said, there’s nothing like your impending death to focus the mind.  From Jobs’ 2005 Stanford commencement speech:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. 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. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ 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.

4. You can’t connect the dots forward – only backward – This is another gem from the 2005 Stanford speech.  The idea behind the concept is that, as much as we try to plan our lives ahead in advance, there’s always something that’s completely unpredictable about life.  What seems like bitter anguish and defeat in the moment — getting dumped by a girlfriend, not getting that job at McKinsey, “wasting” 4 years of your life on a start-up that didn’t pan out as you wanted — can turn out to sow the seeds of your unimaginable success years from now.  You can’t be too attached to how you think your life is supposed to work out and instead trust that all the dots will be connected in the future.  This is all part of the plan.

Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

5. Listen to that voice in the back of your head that tells you if you’re on the right track or not – Most of us don’t hear a voice inside our heads.  We’ve simply decided that we’re going to work in finance or be a doctor because that’s what our parents told us we should do or because we wanted to make a lot of money.  When we consciously or unconsciously make that decision, we snuff out that little voice in our head.  From then on, most of us put it on automatic pilot.  We mail it in.  You have met these people.  They’re nice people.  But they’re not changing the world.  Jobs has always been a restless soul.  A man in a hurry.  A man with a plan.  His plan isn’t for everyone.  It was his plan. He wanted to build computers.  Some people have a voice that tells them to fight for democracy.  Some have one that tells them to become an expert in miniature spoons.  When Jobs first saw an example of a Graphical User Interface — a GUI — he knew this was the future of computing and that he had to create it.  That became the Macintosh.  Whatever your voice is telling you, you would be smart to listen to it.  Even if it tells you to quit your job, or move to China, or leave your partner.

6. Expect a lot from yourself and others – We have heard stories of Steve Jobs yelling or dressing down staff.  He’s a control freak, we’ve heard – a perfectionist.  The bottom line is that he is in touch with his passion and that little voice in the back of his head.  He gives a damn.  He wants the best from himself and everyone who works for him.  If they don’t give a damn, he doesn’t want them around.  And yet — he keeps attracting amazing talent around him.  Why?  Because talent gives a damn too.  There’s a saying: if you’re a “B” player, you’ll hire “C” players below you because you don’t want them to look smarter than you.  If you’re an “A” player, you’ll hire “A+” players below you, because you want the best result.

7. Don’t care about being right.  Care about succeeding – Jobs used this line in an interview after he was fired by Apple.  If you have to steal others’ great ideas to make yours better, do it.  You can’t be married to your vision of how a product is going to work out, such that you forget about current reality.  When the Apple III came out, it was hot and warped its motherboard even though Jobs had insisted it would be quiet and sleek.  If Jobs had stuck with Lisa, Apple would have never developed the Mac.

8. Find the most talented people to surround yourself with – There is a misconception that Apple is Steve Jobs.  Everyone else in the company is a faceless minion working to please the all-seeing and all-knowing Jobs.  In reality, Jobs has surrounded himself with talent: Phil Schiller, Jony Ive, Peter Oppenheimer, Tim Cook, the former head of stores Ron Johnson.  These are all super-talented people who don’t get the credit they deserve.  The fact that Apple’s stock price has been so strong since Jobs left as CEO is a credit to the strength of the team.  Jobs has hired bad managerial talent before.  John Sculley ended up firing Jobs and — according to Jobs — almost killing the company.  Give credit to Jobs for learning from this mistake and realizing that he can’t do anything without great talent around him.

9. Stay hungry, stay foolish - Again from the end of Jobs’ memorable Stanford speech:

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960′s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

May you change the world.

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vishnupriya (CA Final) (1418 Points)
Replied 07 October 2011

we miss him.....!!

Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple back in August, writing at the time that, “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know,” he wrote. “Unfortunately, that day has come.”

 

Thankyou for sharing  Pulkit !!

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ROHIT CHATURVEDI (CA Final Student ) (2298 Points)
Replied 07 October 2011

Originally posted by : I SAD RIP..STEVE JOBS..:(...

 

NO WORDS TO SAY , WE LOST LEGEND AND VERY GREAT PERSONALITY OF THE WORLD....

REST IN PEACE...

 

 
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(Guest)

Hats off to Sir Steve Jobs.....n again a great article....

Best line-  Always follow your heart and success along with excellence will follow you……keep writing bro...

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sivaram (Asst Mgr-Taxation) (6918 Points)
Replied 08 October 2011

nice article and a great Personality A must read for everyone 

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CA SURENDRA KUMAR RAKHECHA (Practising CA at Surat) (26258 Points)
Replied 08 October 2011

From his jobs

one should learn

how a single man

can be useful

for the

whole world. 

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Mahesh (Student) (386 Points)
Replied 08 October 2011

Originally posted by : priyanshu saxena

Hats off to him...thanks pulkit for sharing this article 
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Magi Saraswathi (Final student) (35 Points)
Replied 08 October 2011

NIce article. Thanks for sharing Pulkit..

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Ashutosh Biswal (Asst.Manager Finance) (283 Points)
Replied 08 October 2011

Something learnt from Steve Jobs Sir's Life of Contribution.... and nt forget to add in Journey of execution ..

Thanks a ton @ pulkit for ur sharings ...

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CA Dheeraj S (Practicing CA) (427 Points)
Replied 08 October 2011

NIce article...Thanks for sharing...

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Bahubali Sable (Accountant ) (171 Points)
Replied 08 October 2011

Very Good Sharing Pulkit

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swathi (student pcc) (584 Points)
Replied 08 October 2011

Great job done pulkit,good additions made by others and  very well corelated with a 'CA's life

Thanks for sharing !!!

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