Monday, October 24, 2011

Overcoming Success

"Jobs shared what he saw to be his major mistake during those tumultuous years: Letting a desire for profitability outweigh passion."

Catharine Smith, "What Steve Jobs Learned from his Biggest Failure," Huffington Post, October 23, 2011

By passion Jobs is talking about product -- design and technology on behalf of users. What does this kind of mistake look like in the social sector. Expansion, funding, or leadership recognition equates to profitability. A commitment to mission or social justice equates with passion. Lesson: Stick to core values. Of course, success helps.


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