Do You Want to Change the World?

Declare it.

If you really want to change the world, you must do it publicly.

Your closest friends may laugh.  Your family will think you’re crazy.  Your team members might roll their eyes.

Trust me.

Many will call you crazy, but along the way you’ll attract fellow Warriors who are waiting to follow someone with a vision.

People are waiting for you.

Let them know.

 

I want to change the world and after Steve Jobs died, this video brought tears to my eyes.  He narrated it.

I want so badly to use my one life for something really big.  That might make me crazy.

So be it.

Have a crazy night,

Aaron@Biebert

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Warrior Down: Steve Jobs Has Died

I’ve been there.

Down in the dumps. Fired by the board. Doubting. Aching. Wondering.

Can I do it? Can I make it…

One of my inspirations was the story of a college dropout who started a company in his garage that grew so big it became the most valuable company on Earth. Along the way, he was fired from his own company, started two more, and eventually was asked to come back to his old company and save the day.

He was a warrior among warriors. He never stopped fighting.

Today he lost his battle with Pancreatic Cancer, a disease that claims 95% of its victims within five years. He fought for seven.

Along the way he accomplished amazing things.

When he was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in 2004 he was successfully running both Apple and Pixar. Barron’s declared that Steve Jobs was “without a doubt” the most valuable CEO in the world. Fortune magazine named him the Smartest CEO on Earth.

You know the story…iPods, iPhones, iPads, and Macs. It was modern magic.

It was inspiring.

In some of my darkest moments in business, his story has reminded me of what is possible when you don’t give up doing the work you love.  His story reminds us to press on.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Born & Adopted (1955)
  • Drops out of Reed College after one semester (1972)
  • Jobs, Wozniak, and Wayne start Apple (1976)
  • Power struggle leads to his forced exit from Apple (1984), so he starts NeXT (competitor)
  • Creates Pixar Animation Studios (1986)
  • Serves as executive producer of the first computer animated movie “Toy Story” (1995)
  • Apple buys NeXT, Steve returns as CEO of Apple after 13 years (1997)
  • Pancreatic Cancer attempts a hostile takeover (2004)
  • Steve remains as CEO of Pixar until merger with the Walt Disney Company (2006)
  • Jobs undergoes a Liver transplant (2009)
  • Apple becomes the world #2 most valuable company and Barron’s declares that Steve Jobs is “without a doubt” the most valuable CEO in the world. (2011)

Thanks for the inspiration Steve. While any human life has it’s faults, few are as inspiring as yours.

The 8pm Warrior sky is a little darker tonight.

Aaron@Biebert

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Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire!

The world is moving too fast to waste time proving that your instincts are right.

If you’ve had success, go with your gut!

It’s always true that where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Unfortunately, some people require proof of the fire when we can all smell the smoke.

It’s not smart.

Whether it’s Triberr, Klout, or the next big thing, great leaders and entrepreneurs trust their instincts and move full speed ahead.

That’s what Steve Jobs did, and we all know how that turned out.

Don’t wait for the fire.  It will be too late!

Have a great night!

Aaron@Biebert

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Steve Jobs: A Profile in Failure and Courage

It is my pleasure to introduce you to this week’s 8pm Warrior of the Week.  He is a college dropout.  He was fired from a company he started in his garage and now he’s fighting the worst kind of cancer.

We’ve all heard of Steve Jobs.  Like him or not, there’s very few people who would disagree that he’s inspiring, creative, and brilliant.

He is also a true 8pm Warrior.

In 2004 he was successfully running both Apple and Pixar (now he sits on Disney’s board) while fighting for his life against Pancreatic Cancer, a disease that claims 95% of victims within 5 years.

That was 7 years ago.

Now Apple is the #2 most valuable company in the world and Barron’s recently declared that Steve Jobs was “without a doubt” the most valuable CEO in the world.  Fortune magazine named him the Smartest CEO in the world.

Success!

However, I think many people (primarily young Warriors) forget about what always preceded his success:  failure.

1) He couldn’t find success in college, so he started a company.

2) He was fired from that company, so he started two more.

3) Some of his products were disasters, so developed new ones such as Macs, Computer Animation, iPods, iPhones, and iPads.

4) Now, his ventures and products are wildly successful, but he has one battle he may not win, Pancreatic Cancer.

Yet, he will no doubt fight on.

Before one of the brightest business stars in history passes from this earth, I wanted to personally recognize him, his struggles, and the 8pm Warrior story we can all learn from.  In some of my darkest moments in business, his story has reminded me of what is possible when you don’t give up doing the work you love.  His story reminds us to press on.

Here’s a timeline:

  • Born & Adopted (1955)
  • Drops out of Reed College after one semester (1972)
  • Jobs, Wozniak, and Wayne start Apple (1976)
  • Power struggle leads to his forced exit from Apple (1984), so he starts NeXT (competitor)
  • Creates Pixar Animation Studios (1986)
  • Serves as executive producer of the first computer animated movie “Toy Story” (1995)
  • Apple buys NeXT, Steve returns as CEO of Apple after 13 years (1997)
  • Pancreatic Cancer attempts a hostile takeover (2004)
  • Steve remains as CEO of Pixar until merger with the Walt Disney Company (2006)
  • Jobs undergoes a Liver transplant (2009)
  • Apple becomes the world #2 most valuable company and Barron’s declares that Steve Jobs is “without a doubt” the most valuable CEO in the world. (2011)

Thanks for the inspiration Steve.

Aaron@Biebert

More good reading about Steve Jobs:

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Ode to Joy

The power of joy is often underestimated.

Take a minute to look at the successful masterpieces created by 8pm Warriors doing work that makes them happy.  Examples are everywhere:

Look to Southwest Airlines and the fun they have.  Not only did they build the most profitable airline in the world, but they have fun doing it.

Joy is contagious.  Joy is free.

Leaders, to build joy in your service organization or department, you need to find people that enjoy the type of work you do.  Then stay out of their way.  Once you match up talented people with work they love, gone is the need to micromanage or push productivity.  Joy will take care of the rest.

The bottom line is that people work hard and are successful at challenges they enjoy…something to think about the next time you don’t like your job (or the results you’re getting).

Have a joyful night,

Aaron@Biebert