What Steve Jobs Taught Me. Get to the Music in 3 Clicks.

by Diane Horn on April 23, 2012

You may have read that Steve Jobs was driven by his desire to design products that would be

  • Elegant ( in design and use)
  • Intuitive to the user ( therefore not needing an operational manual)
  • Introduce the consumer to something they didn’t even know they needed and thereby
  • Changing the world as we knew it

When Steve was shown early prototypes for the IPod they all contained On/Off switches.  A reasonable idea, right?  Nope!  It was unnecessary.  The product should turn itself off when not in use.  What about getting to the music?  No need to complicate that either.  A wheel would work just fine.

Steve insisted it should only take 3 clicks to get to the music.

Ok, here’s where my lesson comes in.

If you can get to the music or “good stuff” on an IPod in just 3 clicks why is it so hard to show the “good stuff” in ourselves?  Is it necessary for us to have an On/Off switch and come with a user manual so others could understand us?

What if we were all just 3 clicks away from getting to our own essence or music?  Wouldn’t life be simpler? Wouldn’t interactions with others be easier? Wouldn’t self acceptance also be easier?

I think pets operate on the 3 click principle.

If I did the following 3 things my dogs would show me unconditional love ( and that’s really “good stuff”)

  • Food
  • Exercise
  • Affection

I have been thinking about how I can apply the 3 click rule to myself.   Here are some questions I’m asking myself.

  • How can I figure out what my “good stuff” is?
  • How can I share it with others?
  • How can I simplify my life, add elegance to it and and change the world.

Thank you Steve!

Please let me know what you think and share your ideas.

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