Steve Jobs’ 11 success principles.

In a recent interview with John Sculley, the former CEO of Apple, said that it was a big mistake making him the CEO back in 1985, because the board thought Steve Jobs was too young to be the CEO. Sculley still to this day admits that he had no idea about computers, and that he used Steve Job’s philosophy to carry on the company.

He also shared with us the success principles that Steve Jobs strives on for each and every product.

Here they are:
1. beautiful design;
2. customer experience;
3. no focus groups;
4. perfectionism;
5. vision;
6. minimalism;
7. hire the best;
8. sweat the details;
9. keep it small;
9. reject bad work;
10. perfection and
11. systems thinker.

After looking at this list and comparing each and every product that has come from the cupertino campus shows signs of these principles applied.

Number 3 stands out because leaders don’t ask the public what they want. They tell them.

Mobile Web Browsers

With all the explosion on Mobile Web and Applications. Theres’ several offerings that let you create mobile web. Some great things to keep in mind is how your application will look like in the several mobile browsers that are out there, such as Mobile Safari (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), Mobile Firefox (Android and others), Mobile Opera (Several platforms).

37 Signals goes into details on how to watch out for these issues and the solution of-course.

What they learned from building UI from 37Signals.com

Seasons of Change

The world experiences seasons through out the year, each hemisphere is basically alternating the seasonal changes at the same time and more often than not, there will be some locations where the seasons are fabulous. Some places the weather is very predictable and the forecast is right on the dot. Where as in other places the weather is extremely unpredictable. We as humans are so often comfortable with a known routine. It is something that enables us to lose the edge. An edge that enables the ability for the mind to be creative and makes it very easy to detect patterns and flourish with the availability of uncertainty. Life as we know it mimics what it explores in the nature.

As modern humans we tend to lose focus on the most important thing that nature teaches us. Change is the only Constant. We love to drive our cars, using the same route everyday, sitting through the same traffic, and impressively tackling the same issues day-in, day-out. We forget that to excel and achieve greatness we have to move on and challenge our minds, live on the edge and staying out of our comfort zones. Because the day we start getting comfortable in a position, in a routine well versed, we start to do the same things everyday, we start to feel that something missing. We can’t quite put a finger on that which is missing, but our gut knows that either something will happen or a big change is certainly around the corner.

In a very excellent book that I read a few months ago, it talked about Cheese, and the title of the book “Who Moved My Cheese?” It talks about an Amazing analogy of how to deal with change in the work-place and home-life. It has a very positive way of thinking about cheese that was moved.

So instead of getting comfortable, living on the edge and out of the comfort-zone is the best way to master your own-self.

Seasons bring the same experience as losing a comfortable spot in the sun, it might be very sunny and hot one day and stormy and gloomy the other, the rapid changes in weather also cause sinuses and allergies in humans. We look at the shrubs and the trees as they change colors and lose the leaves. A company can be regarded as the tree and the workers of the company can be regarded as the leaves which literally change every year. This makes it absolutely impossible to count the blessings on the tree to keep the same leaf around for longer period of time. Since the leaf can only provide so much photosynthesis.

The leaf does for the tree, which the tree cannot do for itself, and hence it hires several leaves. It trains them and teaches them what needs to be done. In this Life you want to pay yourself first by being at your best performance, and deliver the ultimate productivity that you can.

MUSE-tastic MUSE-perience

This Sunday was probably the most awesome in the longest while. I attended my very first Live performance in a concert setting. Yes I’ve attended other concerts which are know internationally like Junoon (but in my opinion it doesn’t count). The only one I can count is Nysnc in 99.

Thanks Khang for the awesome experience at Muse as I call it Museperience!!

Gain confidence as a speaker

The Mind is a wonderful thing. It starts to work the minute you are born, and never stops until you get up to speak in public. – John Mason Brown

More than on opinion survey has shown that speaking before a group is our number one lifetime fear. But although it may afflict you much like a disease, you can overcome stage fright.

Here are a few steps on how you can overcome this fear:

  • Accept podium anxiety as a motivating force that even the most talented performers experience.
  • Prepare so completely that your expert knowledge makes you feel invulnerable and unstoppable.
  • Study your audience so thoroughly that you are sure you know how to push their “hot buttons”
  • Rehearse your presentation from the very lectern in the very room where you’ll deliver it.