If you have 1 hour to spare, you may want to take a look at this excellent TV interview with Steve Jobs:
1) Life is a series of chance encounters.
Where would Steve Jobs be if he had not met Steve Wozniak?
Can you name a person who made a difference in your life? If it was planned, then you are very Machiavelli… Remember to remind me to keep a distance from you.
2) Opportunity by stumbling along
How did Steve Jobs discover the potential of assembled Apple 1?
There’s no Vision, Mission Statement, Goals, Business Plans right?
It was pretty much like: Crash got sound.
When you were travelling overseas, have you ever thought this new product or shop you discovered will do well in Singapore?
It’s just a thought, and you soon forget it when you get back. Months later, you discover this same product or shop being introduced in Singapore by another Singaporean!!! What were your thoughts there and then?
Thinking about it is not enough right?
3) Business is not rocket science
OK, those of you with vested interests (spent years studying at business schools) may disagree.
If entrepreneurs have to know “business” before they start their enterprises, who will start anything?
Perhaps its precisely entrepreneurs have no concept of what cannot be done?
You can never have too many theories and parrots telling you how it could not be done without a proper business plan (and these are the same people who worked for others). Wink.
4) Marketing/Sales People versus Product People
You figure this one out yourself. I’m doing navel gazing now.
And I’m not complaining!
5) Process versus Content
Am I more process or content?
Back to navel gazing. See? I have to struggle with the real me and what I want others to see in me too!
6) Your work is shit!
I think by now you understand why I like to banter with and poke at readers.
When we grind rocks together, we get beautiful polished stones!
Be aware that if all you get are compliments and “I so agree with you” comments, you are either being surrounded by sycophants, or you are one big bully and everyone is terrified to disagree with you!
7) Many other gems
I’ve been talking too much already!
What interesting titbits or learning lessons have your drawn from this interview?
Singapore Man of Leisure (welcome to my blog; just google it!)