Last week, Steve Jobs, one of the world’s greatest innovators, passed away at the young age of 56. It would be difficult to find anyone who was not touched by Jobs’ passion. Every dreamer can relate to his story, passion, dedication and even understand his intolerance for mediocrity on his road to greatness.
Since Jobs had an immense impact on my road as an entrepreneur, I want to share with you some of the things he said and how they have influenced my journey. When I was 21, I had an itch… an itch that was constantly nagging and wouldn’t let go. I wanted everything here and now, I convinced myself that I’m going to build a business by 24, run a large empire by 26 and retire at 40! I remember that I was excited about all the things I’m going to do, how I will organize them, and work day and night to achieve my goals.
One of Jobs’ quotes, “I would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates,” made me stop and think.
At 21, I thought I knew everything. But within a short time, I realized that I actually know very little, and had much to learn. My dreams of building an empire would have to wait until I learned at least how to sign contracts and understand them properly (and a whole lot of other things, but that’s a story for another post).
I decided I needed either a mentor, or to work for someone who is a natural entrepreneur. Hey, if Steve would give up everything to learn from Socrates, why shouldn’t I listen and learn from those who’ve been there? I joined a small import/export venture and learned the lore that helped mold my own style and knowledge. Through the years, I opened businesses and continued to learn.
My days became hectic with huge tasks to finish every day and no time to complete them. I started looking for solutions that will help me with all my information. I needed an automated system that would support my work, but there were none. I had to settle for leather-bound organizers and outlook 2003.
“We used to dream about this stuff. Now we get to build it. It’s pretty great.”
When I joined IQTELL’s ranks, I found myself working on a product that organized almost all my needs in one place. I arranged all my tasks and information inside and made my data “talk” to me, all under one roof! The biggest perk, of course, was the fact that I’m a part of it! I get to influence the way productivity will look in the future (the 21-year-old inside me was flipping out!).
“I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.”
I will always remember Jobs as one of the top influencers, innovators and mentors. His legacy of excellence and creativity will continue to push me and everyone I work with to create a great product and an awesome customer experience.
We lined up quite a few surprises down the road here at IQTELL, and we will continue to do so.