I nibbled a bit of Microsoft, and a byte of Apple.
Interview with Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at D7 (2007)
Q: “…personally come in every day to save it…?
A: “…that’s my life’s work…”
“Many people who experience traumas [like terrorism or war] don’t develop PTSD or other illnesses. So the question is, what keeps those people from getting sick? What creates resilience?
The psychological research suggests that personality is a major factor.
Resilience seems to be associated with mild manic symptoms, but you can’t develop resilience unless you’ve already experienced trauma.
Many of these leaders faced adversity in their childhood and adulthood, and that seemed to make them better able to handle crises. It’s like a vaccine.
You get exposed to a little bit of a bacteria then you can handle major infections and I think trauma and resilience and hyperthymic personality seem to follow a similar path.”
Think You Got What It Takes?
Leadership, “Madness,” and Empathic Power : Mockingbird
What makes the great ones?
Ask almost anyone anywhere, and you’ll get the same response: some form of personal exertion, “determination” or “perseverance” or “vision”.
Ask almost anyone, and you’ll receive a response rooted in the individual’s uncompromising leadership–they’ll speak of the necessary qualities which brought him/her to helm in a time when he/she was most needed.
Others might go so far as to say that this kind of leadership sits within us all, but is only activated when one realizes it, believes in oneself, and confidently makes the strides towards achievement.
This mythology speaks for presidents as much as social activists or stadium rockers. It is the “I will” and not the “Can I?” that brings one beyond one’s constraints…