What Steve Jobs Would Do

Tim Cook, as quoted by Bloomberg:

“Among his last advice he had for me, and for all of you, was to never ask what he would do. ‘Just do what’s right,’”

In the wake of the one-year anniversary of Steve Jobs's death, and the annual barrage of iPhone problems, the question of what Steve would do is louder than ever. The press has been having a field day speculating on whether he would have released Maps, or if he'd fire Tim Cook.

No one can say what Steve would do. Because much of the time, Steve didn't even know what he would do. And the people who think they know need to reacquaint themselves with his biography. (Amazon affiliate link that supports the site.)

Steve had a vision, but he never had a master plan. He was initially opposed to many of Apple's best ideas, and some of his own ideas were abysmal.

Steve Jobs wasn't a great leader because he was perfect. He was a great leader because he let others change his mind, and to recognize, no matter how privately, when he was wrong. In a time where public figures are expected to stick by their guns no matter what, it's good to remember that.

Take chances. Learn from your mistakes. Or as Steve would put it, "Stay hungry. Stay foolish."