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Entrepreneurs: Spare a Prayer for Steve Jobs

My list of the most successful entrepreneurs on the planet includes Steve Jobs. As co-founder and CEO of Apple, Jobs has led a revolution, and not just by one fluke product, but over the course of decades.

Regardless of whether you are Mac or PC, let’s acknowledge that iMac and OSX have helped revolutionize the world of personal computing. The iPod single-handedly turned the music industry on its head and introduced an entirely new way of doing things. The iPhone set the bar for the mobile device industry and most recently, the iPad is poised to revolutionize how we interact with media and print.

Jobs currently faces a bigger hurdle than deciding which industry to shake up next – and that is his health. As the face of Apple, the current furor over his health revolves around personal disclosure. Just how much is he expected to reveal about his well-being? There is fear that without Jobs, Apple loses direction, the stock plummets, and the empire comes crashing down.

I say give the man his privacy and trust that someone who has been able to build Apple and catapult the company to even greater heights, time and time again, was also smart and savvy enough to surround himself with people who can carry on the company in his absence. I wrote How They Did It because I disliked the idea that winning companies looked like black boxes to the outside world – that it was impossible to learn what actually caused their success, what challenges took place, and how the founders managed to do so well – but I draw the line at health and personal well being. Take a moment to put some good energy towards Steve Jobs.



About Robert Jordan

Robert Jordan has been launching and growing companies and helping other entrepreneurs do the same for the past 20 years. He has authored book and audio series including How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America (RedFlash Press), featuring 45 leading company founders who've created $63 billion in value from scratch, and How They Did It Nightingale-Conant audio program . His startup, Online Access, the first Internet-coverage magazine, landed on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies. His newest endeavors are RedFlash, a strategy execution team, and The Association of Interim Executives, which champions interim management as its own global specialty. You can also find Robert on Google+ and Twitter. View all posts by Robert Jordan

2 Comments to Entrepreneurs: Spare a Prayer for Steve Jobs

  1. I met Steve around 11pm one night when I was being interviewed for a job at his new company about 25 years ago as potential employee 186. I was a senior field engineer at Sun and sj was building new his team to go after the workstation market. We got into a debate over the nature of computing. Being from Sun, of course, computing was all about mips and networking. Sj countered that there was a third leg to that stool; User Interface. My recruiter, who had been watching, was certain that I just flunked my interview. My twenty minutes with sj was up, he thanked me for my time and I waited for my sponsor to return. A bit after midnight, my sponsor returned, in shock, but with my offer letter in hand; I became employee 186 that night.

    Steve earned my respect that night as he has from so many others throughout the years. In return, I do not think that a little privacy is too much to ask.

  2. Great story Cal, or should I say Agent 186. Thank you –

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