If you ever get a chance to hear Steve Wozniak speak, go!
Tuesday while I was visiting Florida, I got to hear Wozniak speak at University of Northern Florida. I loved how energetic and approachable he was. I knew he was one of the geniuses who created Apple Computer. But I learned a lot more:
- He is incredibly down to earth, which freed him to make life changes like dedicating himself to teaching 5th grade after making a fortune.
- He is the real deal when it comes to passion and following your bliss.
- He was able to deal with difficult personalities because he never argues. He doesn’t believe in it because most likely the other person just isn’t going to give up their stand. So he concentrates on doing his thing and not focusing on conflict.
- He’s quite forgetful when he’s caught up with an idea. At least three times he’d start talking and get excited and then ask “What was your question?”
- His only career goal was to be a software engineer. He likes making new things. He has no interest in management, power or finance. So you can be humble and succeed.
- Hewlett Packard (HP) rejected the idea of the Apple computer five times when Wozniak was working for them. Finally, he got the lawyers to release the idea, which they thought was crazy because consumers would never want a computer in their homes.
- They didn’t work out of a garage very much. They mainly worked in Steve’s home and did some shipping from the garage. They hired an ad agency and the agency decided to create a myth to launch the company.
Some of the same information is contained in the interview above, but not all.