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What I Learned from Steve Jobs: Insights from a Former Employee

TLDRFormer employee shares 12 key insights learned from Steve Jobs, including the importance of ignoring experts, focusing on design, and embracing big challenges.

Key insights

🔑Experts are usually clueless and should not be believed.

🌟Customers cannot tell you what they want; it's up to you to create it.

💡True innovation occurs on the next curve, not the current one.

🚀Big challenges lead to the biggest accomplishments.

🎨Design is important and should not be overlooked.


Why did Steve Jobs want to defeat IBM?

Steve Jobs saw IBM as the biggest, most dominant company in the computer business, and he wanted Apple to take on that challenge.

Why do experts often give bad advice?

Experts can be clueless and are limited by their own beliefs and experiences, so their advice may not be relevant or accurate.

How did Steve Jobs change the world?

Steve Jobs changed the world through his innovative products and design philosophy, revolutionizing industries such as personal computing, music, and mobile phones.

Why is it important to embrace big challenges?

Big challenges push you to think outside the box and push your limits, leading to great accomplishments and innovation.

Why is design important in business?

Design plays a crucial role in attracting and engaging customers, enhancing user experience, and differentiating products from competitors.

Timestamped Summary

00:19The speaker worked for Steve Jobs from 1983 to 1987 and again in the late 1990s, and considers him a major influence in their life.

01:41Experts are often clueless and shouldn't be believed; don't listen to naysayers and trust your instincts.

03:19Customers cannot always tell you what they want, so it's up to you as an entrepreneur to create innovative solutions.

03:57Innovation occurs on the next curve, so don't be afraid to go against the status quo and embrace new opportunities.

06:33Big challenges lead to the biggest accomplishments; set big and audacious goals for yourself and your business.

09:11Design is important and should not be overlooked; customers care about thinness, beauty, and quality.

09:53Real CEOs do the demo themselves; take ownership of your product and demonstrate it with passion.

13:15Value is not equal to price; focus on providing high value to customers rather than competing solely on price.