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Wisdom from Wozniak

Guy Kawasaki has posted a review of an interesting new book, Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days. I don’t know that I normally would plan to read a book on startup companies, but Guy’s enthusiasm certainly has me sold.

Guy’s review cites one quote in particular that inspired me:

“All the best things I did at Apple came from (a) not having money, and (b) not having done it before, ever.”—Steve Wozniak, Apple

Think about all of the discussions we have in the association community about either not having enough resources or not having enough information to implement Great Idea X. What if we looked at our lack of resources as a strength instead of a weakness? Could we come up with ideas as great as some of the things that have come out of Apple (I ask, while protectively clutching my iPod)?



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Thanks to Guy for always writing such interesting and engaging posts! I always enjoy what he has to say--even though I'm not a big hockey fan ...

I wonder if "good deeds", and worthy achievements are less about 1) available resources; 2) having done it before or not, and more about individual vision, initiative and commitment. I don't know Steve Wozniak, but from what I know about him and Apple, it strikes me that he has all of these qualities, enabling him to overcome most obstacles.

I wonder if the role of a "founder" isn't a strong contributor to innovation, achievement, and overcoming great odds? Do you suppose that if more of our volunteers and staff had the self-image of being a "founder" that all of our organizations would be much more (successful) results oriented?

I wonder how we could empower more folks to think of themselves as "founders". Hmmm.

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