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Thoughts on Steve Jobs from a Young PC-Loving CEO

Young Steve Jobs

Thoughts on Steve Jobs from a Young PC-Loving CEO

The world is filled with memorials to Steve Jobs tonight.

I am not a Mac user, though I love my iPhone and there are probably 10 Apple devices in our house now.  I am not an Apple fanatic, like many people that I work with and admire.     

Much of the coverage on Steve Jobs tonight is focused on the technology - the Mac, the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad, iTunes, and the App Store.

I just wanted to thank Steve Jobs for his inspiration as a businessman and an entrepreneur, especially to young entrepreneurs.

My learnings from Steve Jobs' life and adventure:

  1. Failure is not only okay, but an important part of life: Jobs found success in the early '80's with Apple, but lost the power struggle with John Sculley and was fired from Apple in 1985.  It took Steve Jobs 12 years before returning to Apple.  NeXT Computing was not an obvious success (even though it laid the basis for OS X).  Even when Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 and made some hard decisions at Apple, it was far from clear that Apple would be success in 2001.  Four or five years into Jobs' return, his strategy started to click and the rest is history.  People forget about the hard times, but I am sure they were critical to his approach to the last ten years of success at Apple. 
  2. Be passionate: This comes from the Jobs Stanford speech.  We spend the majority of our lives working, so we need to be passionate about what we do every day.  When I personally get to the point when I am not running into work, excited and passionate about what I am doing each day, it may be time for me to move on to the next challenge.  (Don't worry ActiveRain: I run into work every day and I am one of the last to leave at night.)
  3. Believe in yourself, most people will tell you that you are wrong:  Jobs was quirky and demanding in his point of view.  On many of his ideas, Jobs was 20 years ahead of the rest of the consumers.  But he held to his point of view.  As a young business person, there will always be someone with more experience, telling you that you are wrong or what you are doing will never work.  That doesn't mean you shouldn't do it.  Don't get discouraged.  Try and fail.  Failure is important.  Learning from failure is even more important.   Jobs was right in the end.  His greatest act in his career and in all of business perhaps was in the last ten years of his career and life. 
  4. Think long-term, important things are hard and take time: Jobs did not manage Wall Street and did not manage to the fiscal quarter.  Jobs made the hard long-term decisions.  Jobs was committed to building the company that he envisioned and believed in.  Jobs had a master plan about the future of consumer electronics, computing and devices .   It took 10 years for the vision to become a reality after Jobs returned to Apple.
  5. Company above all else:  Jobs placed the Apple brand and Apple the company above all else.  This was borne out in every design and product decision at the company.  Employees, no matter how senior, were shown the door if they did not believe in the power of Apple, above all else.  In fact, there are probably very few Apple employees other than Steve Jobs that most consumers could name.  Simultaneously, consumers have 100% confidence in every Apple product, regardless of who the CEO is.  Jobs has handled the transition with Tim Cook probably as well as any executive transition could be handled.  Cook has been working for Apple and Jobs since the 1990's.
  6. Life is short, have faith: The Steve Jobs Stanford commencement speech is certainly making the rounds on the Internet tonight.  I think the core messages of his three stories in his speech are incredibly important.  Life is short.  We all will die.  So what do we have to lose?  Live a passionate life.  It will all work out in the end.  Have faith.

Though I type this blog out on a Dell, Steve Jobs is a real business inspiration, particularly for any young, enterprising business person.

Here is a link to the eulogy from Steve Jobs' sister Mona Simpson.  Very powerful and beautiful.  Worth a read.

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Comment balloon 55 commentsNikesh Parekh • October 06 2011 02:48AM


Very insightful post about Steve Jobs and his impact.
Posted by MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) about 9 years ago

I absolutely posted on my twitter and FB prayers to Steve Jobs, an amazin businessman 0:(

Posted by CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS, "Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren (California Coastal Estates) about 9 years ago

BTW- I cannot see your pic that you have in UR blog~

Posted by CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS, "Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren (California Coastal Estates) about 9 years ago

Nikesh, Great article on Steve Jobs and his message on life especially, life is your life with passion and we are all going to die. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Carlotta Remong (Berkshire Hathaway HS N.E. Prime Properties) about 9 years ago
Steve not only changed our lives but changed the way we experienced it.
Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 9 years ago

Hi Nikesh,  thanks for sharing your toughts....

Posted by Ronald DiLalla, No. Orange Cty Real Estate (Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824) about 9 years ago

My prayers are with his wife and 4 children and the Apple employees who he inspired.


Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) about 9 years ago

If you haven't seen the movie "Pirates of Silicon Valley" this would be a goo one to watch and gain an insight into how different, how driven, how visionary Steve was.


Posted by Pacita Dimacali, Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA (Alain Pinel) about 9 years ago

Steve Jobs changed the world. Apple's technology and innovative thinking has raised the bar for every innovator and producer of computers, laptops, phones. tablets, etc. He created consumer product categories and then outdistanced the competition. The entire planet communicates and leans differently because of his genius and his drive. His legacy will be far reaching.

Posted by Anne M. Costello (Weidel Realtors) about 9 years ago

Nikesh - Yes, he is a true visionary and an inspiration to us all.  He always amazed me.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 9 years ago

"Live a passionate life".  What a wonderful sentiment!  RIP Steve.  You sure did make your mark on the world. 

Posted by Virginia Cheezum (F. C. Tucker Company) about 9 years ago

I am surround by Macs and Apple - Mac desktop, iphone, iPad2, iPod, iTunes - thank you Steve Jobs for making my life easier and more enjoyable. I am profoundly sad that he died so young - however, celebrate his life filled with passion and possibilities. Thanks Nikesh for the lovely tribute to a remarkable man.

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) about 9 years ago

I wonder about the products that we may never see because Steve is not here to envision them. He was a truly gifted man.


Posted by Donna Malone, Homes and Property for Sale Nova Scotia (Waterfront, Luxury, Family, Affordable, Cottage, Deals) about 9 years ago

I think this summarizes a lot of what I have been reading & hearing about Steve Jobs since last night & also over the years.  So many lessons to be learned from one person.

Posted by Christine Smith, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA (Buyers Brokers Only LLC - about 9 years ago

Niki, great post, I'll be looking for his speech, although you covered a lot...

Posted by Peg Barcelo, The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC (Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369) about 9 years ago

Hi Niki, thank you for posting this tribute to the  "Insanely Great" Steve Jobs. 

Posted by Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about. about 9 years ago

I was saddened to hear that Steve lost his battle with cancer. He was an inspiration to me as well.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 9 years ago

I'll miss his keynote speeches. He was one impeccable operating system.

Rest in iPeace

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) about 9 years ago

Niki - You wrote this on a Dell?!!!  Well, I'm writing my response on my MacBook Pro!  This is a really great tribute to Steve Jobs, the business entrepreneur.  Thanks so much for the nod to a great man.

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) about 9 years ago

Niki, that was a beautiful tribute to a true visionary. We can all learn from Steve Jobs. May he rest in peace and may his legacy live on.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) about 9 years ago

I feel incredibly sad about his way-too-early death. I remember when I first started hearing his name way back in 1980. He was a genius.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) about 9 years ago

Hi Nikesh,

It was interesting to see your analysis of Steve Jobs' life.

I have been a fan of his for a very long time. He will be missed


Posted by Phil Leng, Phil Leng - Retired (Retired) about 9 years ago


I too am not a Mac fanatic, but have used Apple products successfully all my life. Steve's contributions were more in the area of reinventing, and making better, many products that we use today. He will be missed.


Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Are you sure he's dead and that this is not another marketing trick to sell more iphones?


Oh, lighten up.


You can tell all the jokes you want about me - dead or alive.

Posted by Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore (Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance) about 9 years ago

Thanks for all the wonderful comments everyone.  He is / was such a compelling person and personality.  There is a lot to learn from his legacy. 

There was an interesting interview on NPR last night (a re-play of the BBC) talking about the importance of selling experience, rather than a product.  Very insightful. 

I wonder how we could / would / should apply this to real estate and ActiveRain?  I have ideas on ActiveRain, but how would you as a real estate professional WOW a customer from the first interaction?  How should ActiveRain WOW every member from minute one? 

Posted by Nikesh Parekh, Technology Entrepreneur, Executive, & Investor (Suplari, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Niki - Steve Jobs was definitely an amazing business man who has had a lasting impact on our world's technology.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) about 9 years ago

Where would we be today without Steve Jobs vision? You asked how we could WOW the customer with Active answer is leave it to the visionaries that post blogs each and every day. We all work off each others strengths. The information blogged each and every day is what has brought AR to where it is today. We are building a better tomorrow. When the economy becomes strong again AR will be a leader. Then the WOW factor will really kick in.

Have a nice weekend.

Ceil Winters

Posted by Carl Winters about 9 years ago

Nikesh, I must tell you that he is the man to learn from. He allowed nothing to stand in his way and I admire his tenacity and beliefs. Hubby came across an article on Steve that told more than ever how strong, determined and unique he was. The article told of his being given up at birth. Adopted out for some reason. It seems he had just over the last few months begun to communicate by email with his birth father. His birth father explained to him that he had not tried to get in touch before due to Steve having so much money and he did not want Steve to think worse of him. It wasn't about the money. His birth father was awaiting a phone call from Steve when Steve passed away. Just FYI and it's hear say. I want to read the article myself.

This is a lovely tribute to an incredible soul. Thank you,


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 9 years ago

He changed the landscape of our lives, Nikesh.  It wasn't long ago before only the military had the Internet and almost no one had cell phones prior to '97.  What a legacy he left and what a loss to us all.  Very nice tribute to Steve Jobs.  We pray for his family and his soul, that he rests in peace and is teaching the angels a few things tonight. :)

Posted by Gail C. Harris, Reach the BEACH with Gail C. Harris (cell: 703.868 (Resource Network, LLC SFR, AHWD, ACRE, SMAR Board Director) about 9 years ago

Thank you for allowing me to learn about this great man.  He has changed ALL or our lives in some way.  He will be a name written in history.  Thank you for the reminder.

Posted by Joy Daniels (Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.) about 9 years ago

Steve Jobs influenced our world.  So many lives in so many ways.  He was a genius!  

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) about 9 years ago

Many people learned a lot from this Great man. Even simple person around the Globe inspired by him indirectly by using the products he created and his hard work paid off. His lessons are true, Life is Short and We will All Die, so live your day like it is the last. Rest in Peace Steve Jobs!

Posted by Rob Kittle, "We Specialize, You Benefit!" -Kittle Real Estate (Kittle Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Steve Jobs will be missed. He changed the way we communicate, cutting across all perceived boundaries. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Laurie Clark CRB Angel Realty LLC Your Monument Realtor 719-502-6572, Angel Realty, LLC (CRB-CCSS-ASD-HBS-RSD-Denver Short Sale Agents) about 9 years ago

Steve Jobs contribution to the world will never be fully understood - through the power of his vision at Apple, he created hundreds of thousands of job opportunities - then when he bought a tiny little company called PIXAR, he gave us rich, wholesome family entertainment.

Our world is better for Steve Jobs having been in it and his influence will be sorely missed.

Rest in Peace Steve Jobs!

Posted by Linda Piper (Planatek Financial, Inc.) about 9 years ago
Steve Jobs was truly extraordinary and his life story one of inspiration. His vision was outdistanced only by his commitment to his ideas and belief in what he was doing. I am happy to be lying in bed right now, alternatively reading a book on my iPad, checking email and perusing ActiveRain. Thank you, Steve Jobs, for that luxury.
Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) about 9 years ago

Nikesh- I do not own any Apple products but that does not dimenish my respect for him.  What saddens me is thinking of how he must have felt knowing his time was limited. He truly gave us so much. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 9 years ago
Nikesh - I never got into the Macintosh, but Jobs was brilliant at insinuating his products into our lives. I'm typing this on my iPad and couldn't live without my iPhone. It's amazing how his loss is having such an impact. (My husband has Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer, too. The AR community has given us amazing support. This is a special place.)
Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Hi Nikesh--I am a huge Apple fan and have nothing but Apple products.  You have written a great tribute to a great man.  He remains an inspiration to everyone--Apple fan or not. 

Posted by Janet Jones, Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC) about 9 years ago

Thomas Edison Steve Jobs had many trails and failures. Edison Jobs was a visionary genius who changed the world.

Posted by John Juarez, ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN (The Medford Real Estate Team) about 9 years ago

Missed Steve Jobs. truley impacted my world - and more significantly the world of my children.

Posted by Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate (Crown Key Realty, Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Niki- I wrote my tribute to Steve Jobs the night of his passing and I could not get through it without shedding many tears. He was my hero in business. He was a visionary and the most genius innovator of this century. He is the Thomas Edison of today. He truly changed the world. And he changed my life. He is the one I listen to about no excuses and leading with your heart. 

From given up at birth to being adopted to dropping out of college after getting tired of turning in pop bottles for a nickel to buy food- wow- to becoming a multi millionaire by the age of 26. That in itself is a great story of not letting your circumstances keep you from rising to the top. 

He also changed Disney films with Pixar. 

Now I am a mac fan, an avid apple user, die hard anti PC and windows software:) so how are the guys at AR not converting you to mac??? You don't know what you are missing in a simplified life and a major time saver with Macs. :) Katerina 

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) about 9 years ago

Great tribute. He did indeed inspire a lot of people. His speech was priceless. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Mike Yeo (3:16 team REALTY) about 9 years ago

I've always loved Apple products; the IMAC (see thru blue) for example. Jobs was one of a kind.

Posted by Ed Santana, Modern Wall Systems, EIFS Wall Systems Specialist (Modern Wall Systems) about 9 years ago

Nikesh, Thanks for a great post about the inspirational legacy of Steve Jobs.... now go out and buy yourself a Mac.

Posted by Christian Bastian, Christian Bastian - Douglas Elliman Real Estate (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) about 9 years ago

I know more about you after reading  this post Nikesh, 

I posted a quote in my Facebook wall that says . 

"Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me ... Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful... that's what matters to me." 
Steve Jobs~


Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) about 9 years ago

Niki, Steve Jobs was ahead of his time and will be missed by many.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA about 9 years ago

Hi Nikesh - Steve Wozniak is still an employee at Apple according to a recent article I had read.

Posted by FN LN about 9 years ago

Steve Jobs was proof of what a great brain can achieve in a free and capitalistic society.

Posted by Dave Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert (Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827) about 9 years ago
Great reblog... My intro... This has been on my mind and a big part of my posts and reblogs all week. I will be one of the preorder his bio on the iPad admirers, too. It was interesting how you would navigate from iPod to iPad to iPhone to Mac and find yourself always wanting to come back for more. He touched the world and I am thankful to have been one he impacted.
Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge about 9 years ago

Niki, I think Steve Jobs will go down in history as being incredibly influential. That commencement speech was great.

Posted by Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI) about 9 years ago


Thanks for the tribute to the genius of Steve Jobs.  His Stanford speech says so much about him.  He was aninspiring individual.  He may have been a strict taskmaster but his management style was worth it.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) about 9 years ago

Thank you for the link to the Stanford speech. When I read about his death it brought tears to my eyes. He was too young to die.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 9 years ago
Jobs was a true inspiration. A gift from the sky. I can recall being ten years old when our schools got Apple II's in every class room. My life was changed. I also love to work on all machines, my home has Acer, Dell, no name clones, and Apples, yet this message is from an iPhone. I can't wait for the iBrain wireless cerebral interface.
Posted by L Evans about 9 years ago


He was truly an amazing human being. I'm proud to have experienced his work in my life time.

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) about 9 years ago

Stunning eulogy from Job's sister Mona Simpson.  Check it out.



Posted by Nikesh Parekh, Technology Entrepreneur, Executive, & Investor (Suplari, Inc.) almost 9 years ago