6 interesting Steve Jobs facts

Most people have probably heard of Steve Jobs. He was an innovator, a leader, a marketing genius, and he serves as a model for many wishing to become entrepreneurs. However, there are many things not very known about Steve Jobs, and this article will list some of them:

1. He was a risk-taker

When Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started Apple, they were both pretty sure they’ll fail. After all, Apple was just an idea at the time, one of the many startups struggling to stay afloat. In fact, Wozniak was sure they won’t even get back the money they had invested. Jobs’ answer says it all: “Yeah, we’ll lose our money, but at least we will be able to say we had a company.

2. He valued experience more than education

Steve Jobs was not a good student. He had a GPA of 2.65/4. He didn’t enjoy school much and he dropped out of college after only one semester. However, he did assist some of the classes that interested him for the next 18 months afterwards. He considered that education was important, but that it kept you from gaining practical experience.

3. He did not care much for charitable projects

Steve Jobs cancelled Apple’s charity programs because they weren’t profitable. Of course, they never become profitable, so they were never restarted.

4. He understood the importance of ownership

Steve Jobs had his team’s signatures inscribed on a plate of metal which was then placed inside each Macintosh computer they sold.

5. He paid very close attention to details

Steve Jobs had a team design packaging that would cause excitement to people while opening it. That included people who would open boxes over and over and note the emotional responses they got.

6. He had a 1$ salary for over 10 years

Of course, he wasn’t solely relying on his CEO salary. He owned Apple stocks and a great deal of Disney shares from since he had sold Pixar, plus he would also rent his private jet. Furthermore, his low salary as a CEO meant he paid less to the government in taxes for dividends from his stocks.




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What Is Conflict Resolution?

It’s impossible for any one of us to say that they were never involved in a conflict. Conflicts are a part of our lives, as well as part of any organization’s life. Conflicts appear when we have two or more parties whose interests, values or goals are very different, or when said parties compete for the same thing. We can encounter, at different scales, personal, emotional, financial, or political conflicts. One thing we need to remember is that conflicts are not always bad. Conflicts can bring improvement and gains if they are addressed and managed properly.

Conflict resolution represents the process through which a conflict is resolved in an amiable manner, and through which the goals and interests of all parties involved are at least partially met. This is done by treating conflict as a situation of crisis. However, one that can be solved through dialogue and negotiation, or better said by focusing on finding a solution to which the parties can agree, and by improving the relations between the parties involved in the conflict.

Negotiation implies that probably neither party will have their demands fully met. However, the gains will most likely surpass what you would get without sitting down and negotiating. Furthermore, by negotiating you get the chance to better understand the other person’s point of view, and use that information to prevent future conflicts. This will help build trust and improve your relationship with the other party. This is important for three reasons: the first is that you will turn a potential enemy into a friend and perhaps an ally; the second is that fewer conflicts mean you will save resources (time, money, energy) which you can invest in things you actually enjoy doing or in expanding your operations; the third is that better relations with those around you represent an invaluable resource which you can use for mutual support and gain.

Basically, what you need to remember is that conflict resolution refers to finding the best possible solution for all the parties involved. It’s based on mutual respect, dialogue, and negotiation. Although the process might not always result in the best solution or complete satisfaction on both sides, it’s worth investing resources in order to minimize the damage in an otherwise costly conflict.


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How to prevent conflicts in the workplace

Conflicts are bound to arise in any situation in which there are two or more people involved. The workplace is no exception, especially given the collaborative or competitive nature of most of the tasks which work usually involves. This is why we need to accept the normality of conflict and learn ways in which we can resolve them quickly and efficiently. It’s vital that both parties understand the need to solve the conflict in a mutually satisfactory manner, and put effort into actually doing so. This is why we hope the following information will be of help to you or your friends in defusing conflicts:

1. Prevent and deal with conflicts quickly

Like with any other problem, prevention is the solution. Understanding, identifying and addressing potential conflicts in a decisive manner means you’ll have fewer conflicts to deal with. If a conflict cannot be prevented for any reason, the best course of action is to confront the other person as soon as possible, in an assertive manner, in order to find a solution to the problem before the conflict becomes more severe.

2. Change your perspective

All people want something from a situation, and often a conflict is reached because they feel they can’t get what they wish. This is why it’s useful to help people achieve their goals – that goes for conflict resolution too. Try to find a solution which helps both of you reach your objectives.

3. Choose your battles

Often people get in a conflict for the sake of conflict, not because the end result matters to them. Before jumping in, consider if the conflict is worth the emotional resources and time you are going to likely waste.

4. See the opportunities behind the conflicts

Every conflict is a learning opportunity. Different points of view can lead to innovation if the parties are stimulated to collaborate instead of compete. Conflicts are also a great way to improve your standing with the other party – because by finding a mutually beneficial solution you show your respect for the other person’s point of view.



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6 Inspiring Bill Gates Facts

Bill Gates is considered to be the richest man in the world. His fortune amounts at over $70 billion, which is more than the GDP of over 100 countries. He makes $250 a minute, which means he’ll make about $20.000 by the time you’ve finished reading this article. Surely there is much to learn from such a successful man, placed by Forbes in the top 100 most powerful people in the world. Here are some interesting Bill Gates facts that speak volumes:

1. As a child, Gates studied at one of the few schools in the US with a computer terminal. He fell in love with programming instantly and often skipped other classes in order to improve his programming skills. He still graduated with a score of 1590 out of 1600, which probably means he didn’t find school to be very challenging.

2. He continued his studies at Harvard, which he dropped out of before getting his degree. He promised his dad however that he’ll get a degree, and so he did – in 2007 he received a Harvard honorary degree.

3. During his years at Harvard he told his professors that he would earn his first million before he would be 30. He did better than that: at 31 he was a billionaire.

4.  He is a perfectionist. During the first years of Microsoft, Bill Gates personally checked whether the software codes were accurate.

5. He’s not infallible. He made a number of inaccurate predictions, such as the fact that PCs will never need more than 640 KB of memory.

6. He likes to give back to the communities…around the Globe. His foundation has donated over $28 billion in charity, which is why he was knighted in 2005 by Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain. In 2010, he pledged to donate over half his fortune to charity, but he will probably donate much more – his children will only inherit $10 million each.


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