6 of Apples Greatest Mistakes


With all the ‘Steve Jobs‘ posts flooding the internet, this one caught my eye.  It is not a Apple bash piece but rather a great object lesson for those that get caught up in the “Aim, Aim, Aim, Ready, Aim, Aim, Fire” mode.

6 of Apples Greatest Mistakes

By Scott M. Fulton, III / October 6, 2011 2:03 PM

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This is not an Apple-bashing piece. It is also not an attempt to cut an American icon down to size at a time when were remembering the magnificent contributions of its fallen founder. This is about how failure makes us better.Ive lost count of the number of times Ive heard, seen, or read comparisons of Steve Jobs to Thomas Edison since early yesterday evening. Jobs did not invent anything – not the personal computer, not the MP3 player, not the tablet. But besides that fact, there are certain other stark similarities. One: Jobs, like Edison, was a fierce competitor who sought to control not only the delivery channel for his products, but the market surrounding those products. Two: Like the finest scientist, Jobs studied his failures and Apples very carefully, and unlike Microsoft, built his next success upon the smoking ruins of his failures.More Steve Jobs Stories6 of Apples Greatest MistakesSteve Jobs Legacy In the Pantheon of Great American InnovatorsFrom Silicon Valley to Bahrain, the Web Mourns Steve JobsA Great User Experience: The Web Legacy of Steve JobsWhat Steve Meant Back ThenReaders will likely remind me that certain of the

via 6 of Apples Greatest Mistakes.

Marathon Not Sprint

As I mention in my “Failure is not a Title” post, we need to look at things as a long process that we learn from, a Marathon if you will, not a 100 yard dash.  Yes, the above mentioned items are on the bottom of some outhouse of ideas, but the industry learned from then and evolved into what we have today.

Good Hunting

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  1. #1 by Tammy on October 10, 2011 - 2:57 pm

    Interesting article. I’m certain there will be a great deal of this introspection in the weeks to come.

    • #2 by Tim Rueb on October 10, 2011 - 5:45 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Tammy. Yes, I’m sure there will be lots of analysis and potential emulation, or avoidance as the case may be. I thought the article I found had an interesting twist. I teach my students that the best way to learn is by making mistakes, and often the best lessons in life come from the most costly mistakes.

      Good Hunting.

  2. #3 by The Hook on October 15, 2011 - 7:51 am

    Great share to add to the table, Tim!
    Nice way to balance all the “Kneel before Jobs!” love that is going on right now.

    • #4 by Tim Rueb on October 15, 2011 - 10:28 pm

      Thanks Hook, and thanks for stopping by.

  3. #5 by Dan Black on Leadership on October 18, 2011 - 1:19 pm

    What a relevant and insightful article. Leaning from failures is key for future results and success. great post!

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