Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Don't settle.Be Bold, Be Brave,Be Brilliant

If you were lucky enough to have rare conversation with Steve Jobs and you asked him what it takes to be a successful innovator, what could be the answer. I believe that we don't have to guess. He answered the question in1995, in a rare interview with the Smithsonian Oral History Project :
“I think you should go get a job as a busboy or something until you find something you’re really passionate about.I'm convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance. It is so hard.

You put so much of your life into this thing. There are such rough moments in time that I think most people give up. I don’t blame them. It’s really tough and it consumes your life.

You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate from the start, you’ll never stick it out."
Jobs press well further on the importance of this creative period in his life to a group of Stanford graduates in 2005.

Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle. 
Creativity and passion complement each other. Most management, books and phd research shows studies on arcane theories, methods and techniques on innovation. But we are missing the most important factor from the whole idea of innovation calculus.

In contrast, if you find the life and words of Steve Jobs, world most exciting innovator, you find that innovation starts with something that we all have : Passion. And how could we explain what hold back someone after 10,000 times of failure just to light up something.

On Michael Jordan missing more than 9000 shots in his career, Lost almost 300 games. 26 times been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.

What do Bill Gates, Harry Truman, and Walt Disney all have in common? Their first business venture was a flop, but they didn't let it defeat them.

Passion is not a topic taught in M.B.A classes, because it is not quantifiable- it doesn't fit easily on excel grid. Innovation can't occur in the absence of passion,innovation will only occur when someone is obssesively passionate about a particular subject, whether it be building computers, developing new medicine or even cultivating exceptionally engaging workplace.One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.

People who obsess over these ideas can't imagine doing anything else. Thinking about the subject that consumes them,energise them and ultimately inspires them to create breakthrough innovation.

And if still haven't found your passion, takes Job's advice and keep looking,Find you passion.Once you do,you'll be on your way to create insanely great ideas.

We will leave you this evening with that Oprah Winfrey quoted before.

" You've to follow your passion. You've to figure out what you really love - who you really are.And have the courage to do that. I believe that the only courage that anyone ever need is the courage to follow your dreams"

Be Bold, Be Brave,Be Brilliant.