iPhone launch 2007

Jan 9, 2007. Missed this yesterday. Twitter reminded me, and many others.

Do you remember your first smart phone?

What was it?

Mine was an iPhone 3GS, in 2009.

Still have it as a museum piece.

Thank you Steve Jobs for your attitude.

Seriously, what if his attitude wasn’t as positive as it was?

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Missing Randy and Steve today.

Will get to why shortly.

When you retire from Carnegie Mellon University, you get to give one last lecture.

Randy Pausch retired in 2007 and gave his final lecture.

A New York Times journalist, Jeffrey Zaslow, published the highlights. A You Tube video of the same lecture later went viral.

Randy retired because his days were numbered.

Watching the video in the Fall of 2007 helped change my life.

And a few days ago, stumbled upon this 1997 Apple confidential video. At the time it was recorded, Steve had been back for about two months.

Steve is speaking to Apple’s internal leadership team. He shared his vision.

The video is 16 minutes. Sorry. Sometimes, there are things we cannot afford to miss. This is one of them.

Backstory for where this is going: Agreed to meet a potential client at Columbia Harbor House at Magic Kingdom during Spring Break. Tables are at a premium during Spring break. I arrived early to pick out a table in a quiet spot. He was running late so i decided to eat lunch without him.

When he finally arrived he asked, “What are you really good at? Think about it while go order lunch.”

“I’m really good at thinking differently”, was the spontaneous reply. He had not even pushed his chair in and he had the answer.

He asked a question all of us should be able to answer instantaneously.

Can you? Right now? Like you were talking to a CEO who can green light a big contract?

One of the main points Steve covered was Apple’s new marketing campaign.


Remember, the video is old. It will be temping to get frustrated midway when the audio isn’t synched with his lips. Go with it.



Today, July 25, Randy has been gone eight years.

Thank you Randy and Steve.

Some people’s lives have been transformed by the inspiration you two created.

Miss you guys.

PS. Went to the “big meeting” in cut-off jeans and a tee-shirt.

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Humble beginnings know no exceptions


The reality of our life is that most of us have settled. And we have settled for so long that our crazy, misfit, rebel spirit is afraid to ever come back to life.

Steve Jobs explains the Apple Store in 2008.

Find what you love to do.

Humble beginnings know no exceptions.

If you’ve never been in an Apple Store or if it’s been a long time, it’s come a long, inspiring way. It’s a story that would be cool to mirror personally – the transformation, etc.

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jeff noel Wonders If You Wonder Too, And Are You Getting The Message?

iPod, iPhone, iPad....

The beautiful thing about being a midlife entrepreneur is that you get to call the shots. This could ruin you or it could make you prosper. That’s the whole courage and vision thing we all lauded Steve Jobs with two months ago. jeff noel wonders if you are getting the message between the lines.

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Hate To Work?

“If you choose a job that you like you will never have to work another day in your life.” Confucius

Looks good on paper.  Yet, I know so many mid life professionals who are stuck in a career or job that no longer (or never did) feeds their passion.

In many ways, for a variety of reasons, I’ve been there myself.  It is not pleasant. But we have mortgages, bills to pay, mouths to feed, etc.  So we do it.  Day in, day out.

This is one of the big causes of a mid life crisis, along with others like illness, disease, divorce, empty nest syndrome, death, bankruptcy, infidelity.

This week will likely focus on career joy. And the best way to get it is to have a job where you get to do more than you have to do. Ya with me?