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Disney Leadership Book

But there is one more thing

Apple live event 2018
Tim had big shoes to fill. Still does.

 

But there is one more thing.

Show, don’t tell.

Use story to “show” what you are telling.

Facts and theories stick better when revealed through story.

i can tell you our son is a risk taker, or i can share with you, one more thing…

Writing this morning from Towson, Maryland in a Sheraton Hotel room adjacent to Goucher College. The reality of “nothing is guaranteed” was hyper-real yesterday as we attended the admissions info session and walked through campus on the student-led tour, for the fourth time in two years.

High School seniors across the United States are well-advised to apply to four to six colleges. At the very least, if you are deadset on one college, have a suitable second-choice as a backup.

Makes perfect sense.

Except…

Chapin has no backup.

He is applying for only one school, Goucher.

As parents, we are not insisting, as we probably should, that he have a backup plan, “just in case”.

A common inspirational saying for being fully committed is “burn the ships“, attributed to the 16th-century Spanish explorer, Hernan Cortes.

He may not get accepted into Goucher.

He may be faced with an opportunity in his future that will require him to be all in.

No matter what, the lesson he learns from his current approach will serve him well.

But only because he is all in now.

No theory.

No what-if.

Only all in.

Here’s to the crazy ones.

 

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Quotes

You have the power to revoke at any moment

Steve Jobs quote
Simple. profound. Almost always forgotten.

 

 

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.  — Marcus Aurelius

 

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Recommit

Knowing i’ll be dead soon helps me make the big decisions

Picking up where we left off yesterday…

 

 

Knowing i’ll be dead soon helps me make the big decisions in life – Steve Jobs

Ditto. – me

 

Our attitude toward death creates our attitude toward life.

Think about that for a minute and ask, “Am i afraid of death? Am i prepared to die? Am i living, right now and all day, like i mean it?”

 

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It's All We Have

Miss you guys

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.

Coincidence?

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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Entrepreneurship

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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