Instead of resolutions for 2012, let’s reach for inspiration. While I find people fascinating, and always can find something inspirational about everyone I know, there is one person that has always struck a cord with me personally and that was Steve Jobs. He has always understood the value of a team and he always sought to surround himself with talent.
Recently, I watched an interview he gave on 60 minutes; I was pleasantly surprised to hear that he was greatly influenced and inspired by the Beatles and Bob Dylan. Steve Jobs was quoted as saying, “My model for business is The Beatles: They were four guys that kept each other’s negative tendencies in check; they balanced each other. And the total was greater than the sum of the parts. Great things in business are never done by one person, they are done by a team of people.” Steve Jobs was inspired everyday by a song from either Bob Dylan or the Beatles!
Keep in mind that Steve Jobs kept at it, he never gave up, and was always an innovator when it came to building a team. I look forward to continuing to build and develop the teams comprising my personal and business life. As we roll into 2012, we continue to build our teams and find the sum of our parts in business and our personal lives. I challenge all of you to reach out and look for inspiration.
Therefore, my song for the beginning of 2012 is “I get by with a little help from my friends” by the Beatles:
“Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song
And I’ll try not to sing out of key
Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends”
What song is going to inspire you in 2012 and why?