This exchange from a Q&A session Steve Jobs held at WWDC 1997 is a classic. You’ve probably seen it before. But it’s one of those clips that never gets old, and is always worth revisiting. Jobs’s whole response is gold, and, in hindsight, he lays out that the sort of thinking that has guided Apple in the 18 years since. Consider this bit:
“Some mistakes will be made along the way. That’s good. Because at
least some decisions are being made along the way. We’ll find the
mistakes, we’ll fix them! I think what we need to do is support
The way to build a great anything — a product, a company, a book, a blog, an app, a service, a movie, anything — is not to obsess over not making mistakes. That leads to paralysis. Try to avoid mistakes, sure. But recognize that you’ll inevitably make some, and create a culture and work ethic where mistakes get identified and fixed.
Update: Elon Musk: “Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.”
★ Thursday, 30 July 2015