“The only people who change the world are those crazy enough to think they can”
Two of the greatests products of this century were founded by two singular charactors, just crazy enough. Loved hated, revered, controversial and shockingly similar, Steve Jobs and Johan Cruyff changed the world.
Apple computers and Barcelona (total football) soccer are the two of the greatest products of this and last century. The two influential figures that shaped them bear striking similarities:
What lessons do they teach us about building the next great thing? Their own quotes point to common themes:
1)Build a solid strategy on decision making
"Before I make a mistake, I see it coming and then don’t make it.
"Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.
2) Strive for Simplicity
"Playing football is very simple, but playing simple football is the hardest thing."
""Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple."
3) Don’t be afraid to Lead the way
"I am convinced that you have to do it like I do. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be doing it this way"
“People don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”
4) Stand by your vision
“Live and die by your own ideas”
“Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions... have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."
5) Take a circumspect worldview
“Every advantage has its disadvantage"
"There are downsides to everything; there are unintended consequences to everything."
6) Embrace the unknown