Remembrance of Steve Jobs today that is formal but never final.
In the aftermath of his anticipated, but still all too sudden passing, many tributes have re-reflected on his embrace of failure. Here are a few highlights to add to the trove already documented here.
Margaret Heffernan, BNET, ‘Six Lessons We Could Learn From Steve Jobs’
“#4. Nothing Beats a Good Mistake – Jobs’s career isn’t without its mis-steps. Losing control of Apple was the biggest and most obvious but there were plenty of minor slip ups along the way. The suicides at the Foxconn plant that manufactures iPhones was just one of these. But Jobs didn’t try to deny that they had taken place or that they mattered. He was swift to point out that Apple’s scrutiny of its suppliers was more rigorous than most – but he still moved quickly to understand what was going on and try to find remedies.”
Allison Linn, MSNBC, “What Steve Jobs taught us: It’s OK to fail”
“College dropout. Fired tech executive. Unsuccessful businessman. Steve Jobs will always be best known for his incredible success in guiding Apple Inc. and transforming the entire consumer computer and phone industry. But he’ll also be remembered fondly as the poster child for how making mistakes — and even failing — can sometimes end up being the best thing that ever happens to you.”
Jesse Emery, “How to Keep Your Software Awesome”
“I always feel like Apple’s new software presentations are campy and simplistic and, well, they are but they say something important about the company’s priorities. If Steve Jobs is bothering to walk you through seemingly simple features, that means they thought really long and hard about what features they were including and they ‘got rid of the crap.’ “
Carmine Gallo’s tribute for Forbes (see video above) “What You Can Learn From Steve Jobs” (building on Emery’s observation)
“Lesson #4 – Say ‘No’ to 1,000 Things.”