His view redefined the personal computing, music, animation, cell phone and mobile computing industries, to name just a few.
What was the basis for Jobs' extraordinary leadership and accomplishments? He had no college degree, let alone an MBA. What drove Steve Jobs what got him up every day and compelled him to keep going, even in difficult times was passion. He believed that passion was the most important ingredient for success, and it was Apple's core value from the beginning.
He is reported as once having said, "Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me.
Going to bed at night saying, 'I've done something wonderful... that's what matters.'"
I think passion is an often overlooked characteristic of great leaders, and yet the greatest leaders always have it. You might be a creative genius like Steve Jobs, a marketing guru, a numbers expert or a technological whiz, but to really achieve success, you have to love what you do and be passionate about it. Passion is the driver that keeps you moving forward and keeps you on course. He explained how he channeled that passion in his Stanford commencement speech,
"For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would…