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  • Writer's pictureJosh Wymore

1+1: Steve Jobs on humility + Humbler Leadership audiobook

Updated: Dec 20, 2023

Hey there! Here’s one leadership idea and one resource I’ve found beneficial this week:

Black and white photo of Steve Jobs

1 idea: Steve Jobs on humility

While not necessarily known for his humble demeanor, Steve Jobs nevertheless had some great insight on humility:

"I grow little of the food I eat, and of the little I do grow I did not breed or perfect the seeds.

I do not make any of my own clothing.

I speak a language I did not invent or refine.

I did not discover the mathematics I use.

I am protected by freedoms and laws I did not conceive of or legislate, and do not enforce or adjudicate.

I am moved by music I did not create myself.

When I needed medical attention, I was helpless to help myself survive.

I did not invent the transistor, the microprocessor, object oriented programming, or most of the technology I work with.

I love and admire my species, living and dead, and am totally dependent on them for my life and well being." In short, regardless of how brilliant or successful we each might be, we are totally dependent on forces outside ourselves to survive. That's humbling!

1 resource: Humbler Leadership audiobook

Humbler Leadership is now officially available as an audiobook! (See the links below to access it on your favorite platform.)

Although I speak all the time, I've never done anything like recording an audiobook before. Some things I learned along the way:

  1. It takes way longer to record than you'd expect. I spent about 12 hours in the studio to produce 5 hours of audio. Editing took even longer than that.

  2. The human mouth makes a lot of strange and annoying sounds that you only notice when you're listening very closely to your own voice. Weird!

  3. If you have a favorite audiobook narrator, there's a reason why. Audiobook performance is a craft that professionals think deeply about. I had no idea how much nuance they put into their delivery until I watched some Masterclass videos (like this one).

Early listeners have said they enjoyed my style and that the book is easy to listen to. I hope you find it to be the same!


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