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Dreams of the World: Empowering and Inspiring Entrepreneurs With Former Apple Evangelist, Guy Kawasaki

Dreams of the World: One Dream a Time. This post is the latest in the series Dreams of the World, which profiles interesting people Kike meets during his travels.

Guy Kawasaki

Dreams of the World: Empowering and Inspiring Entrepreneurs With Former Apple Ambassador, Guy Kawasaki. Photograph courtesy Guy Kawasaki.

¨My dream is to empower people. with my writing, my speaking, and my advice to small companies,¨said Guy Kawasaki, Silicon Valley author, investor, business advisor, and Macintosh Division employees who evangelized Macintosh to developers.

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1954, he never had heroes when growing up. His mother taught him how to be tough. ¨Life is waking up in the morning, and grinding it out,¨ said Kawasaki. Still, he learned big lessons from others. ¨I learned from Marty Gruber how to sell. It’s not about selling a commodity or the features of a product but to sell the benefits. Marty was the president of the jewelry company that I worked at from 1979 to 1983.¨

¨Al Eisenstat was my Godfather at Apple. He showed me how corporate politics works—to not burn your bridges and to be nice to everyone,¨ said Kawasaki. ¨ Al was the general counsel of Apple. He protected me during the Jobs-Sculley-Gassée-Campbell wars that took place at Apple.¨

When I asked about a funny moment, Kawasaki said ¨I was stopped at a traffic light. There was a car next to me with young women. They were staring at me. I thought that they must have know who I was. I rolled down the window, and one asked me, “Are you Jackie Chan?¨

The moments of his life he will never forget are connected with his children. Two are his biological children, and two were adopted from Guatemala.
 One of his passions in life, along with his family and his wife, is hockey. ¨ This sport has a combination of ballet, war, and mathematics,¨ explained Kawasaki.

¨One of the biggest lessons in my career,¨ said Kawasaki, ¨is understanding that the best product does not necessarily win.¨ After attending Stanford, he went to law school at UC Davis, where he lasted two weeks before realizing that he hated law school. In 1977, he enrolled in the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he received his MBA.

 

Four things Guy Kawasaki learned from Steve Jobs:


  • People cannot describe their needs.
  • Design counts.
  • You get best results when you give people big goals.
  • Most experts are clueless.

 

Four things about Guy Kawasaki people might not know about him:


  • He considers himself an introvert.
  • He doesn’t care about food and music.
  • He loves photography.
  • He believes the secret to his success is the willingness to grind out work.

 

Four life lessons you should know according to Kawasaki:

  • Never ask people to do something you would not do.
  • It’s better to be lucky than smart.
  • Always default to yes.
  • Drop everything when your boss asks you to do something

 

Biggest mistakes people do in social media according to Kawasaki:

  • Listening to the experts.
  • Not posting frequently enough.
  • Posting crap that doesn´t add to people´s lives.

 

Three things beginners should know when entering the social-media world according to Kawasaki: 

  • Every post should have a video or a picture.
  • Do not listen to the experts—experiment and try things, instead,
  • Repeat your posts because people live in different time zones on different schedules.

 

Three books everyone should read according to Kawasaki:

If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit

Uncommon Genius: How Great Ideas are Born

Influence: Science and Practice (5th Edition)

 

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Additional Readings:

Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging, and Outmarketing Your Competition

APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book

Selling the Dream

How to Drive Your Competition Crazy: Creating Disruption for Fun and Profit

The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything

What the Plus!: Google+ for the Rest of Us

Word of Mouth Marketing: How Smart Companies Get People Talking

Rules For Revolutionaries: The Capitalist Manifesto for Creating and Marketing New Products and Services

Your Network Is Your Net Worth: Unlock the Hidden Power of Connections for Wealth, Success, and Happiness in the Digital Age

Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging, and Outmarketing Your Competition

Comments

  1. Nita Winter
    Marin City CA
    November 6, 2013, 12:23 pm

    Thank you for sharing this information.
    Helped us decide to make the hour drive to hear him speak tomorrow night at a Commonwealth event at the Lafayette Library, CA.

    He is doing a DIY Publishing 101 talk which is very interesting to us as we are working on an environmental educational coffee table book: “Impressions of Spring: A Voice for Wildflowers of the West” on Our Public Lands.”
    View a working protoype of it at http://www.blurb.com/books/1853275 without the provocative essays.

    Thanks for the insight that he loves photography.