Fearless Genius

I couldn’t resist to read one more time the book “Fearless Genius” by Doug Mendez! You WOULD change the world forever!

“The heaviness of being successful,” Steve Jobs said of his prodigal-son time after being forced out of Apple, “was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.” Excerpt From: Doug Menuez. “Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985-2000.”

If you are willing to take a risk, but never did that, you better read this book NOW! Remember, one or two seconds of moment compared to 3 years of burden to release a new computer and furthermore, to create a new market – is nothing to left unknown, unless YOU creating it. Observers have always been there.

“I paid particular attention to any outward sign of stress. Showing vulnerability was in contrast to the public image projected by tech companies: a polished veneer of extreme competence, which their powerful PR teams displayed even if facing imminent failure.” Excerpt From: Doug Menuez. “Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985-2000.”

Today’s Social Media is doing the functional work as PR managers of late 80’s. People are getting used to be familiar with what is “public image”, and “vulnerability” is better be avoided among countless of filters caught in those 1-2 seconds.

Just think about this: “The sacrifice required to invent new technology was great and not understood by the outside world. Marriages dissolved, mothers raised babies in the labs they never left, engineers went insane, and one young programmer I knew committed suicide. Some went to jail for fraud. Millions of dollars were lost and billions gained, and failure was as much a part of the process as the staggering success that is more commonly associated with Silicon Valley.” Excerpt From: Doug Menuez. “Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985-2000.” 

“ Why is having a mission important? Because money is not enough motivation for most people to walk through fire when things get tough. It’s about what is worth doing with your life and what you are willing to gamble to accomplish your dreams. This is the intangible human spirit, a creative force that can’t be quantified in the business plan but that might just be the one element every successful breakthrough technology has to have.” Excerpt From: Doug Menuez. “Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985-2000.”

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