It would be interesting to know how and when Steve Jobs was first introduced to DiSC® Profiles, but from the quote below, it’s clear that he saw value in DiSC® Assessments. I found his insights interesting, and in light of his passing, I hope you do to.
A quote from Steve Jobs…
“So I am what you’d call a High I/D personality. According to the DISC personality Profile that means I am pretty out-going driven person. I also have very little S (nurturer) and Zero C (detail / analytical). According to this profile I should not over analyze things and for the most part I don’t do this hardly ever except in sports. Specifically golf.
I literally wear myself out over my golf game. I think about it constantly and it just creates a mess for me on the course. This was most recently evidenced last weekend when I went up to play a 3 day tournament in Michigan. I made it 16 holes and then decided to go do something else for the day / weekend. Pitiful I know. I just was playing horrible and not having any fun as a result.
As I was getting ready to come back home my Dad gave me the following quote and had me read it out loud in the car. It certainly puts things in perspective and it is my hope that I will be able to apply this line of thinking to my golf game.
I think I’ll enjoy it more. . . Enjoy. . .”
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear or embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be rapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.
Steve Jobs would would have been a top notch DiSC® Profile Facilitator or DiSC® Trainer. You can get DiSC® Training Certification here.