What would Steve Jobs do?

An attendee uses his Blackberry device in front of the Research In Motion booth at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Just read in the June 4th issue of Bloomberg Businessweek that Research In Motion, the maker of BlackBerry, has hired JP Morgan Chase and RBC Capital Markets to help evaluate strategic options. My first reaction was: really? Is that what Steve Jobs would do?

Many years ago I worked under the wing of a very mature and very successful entrepreneur, who once told me that he never  seeks advice about future decisions from his banker or his accountant. He went on to say that both professions are basically similar to historiansprofessionals who excel in creating narratives that sort of explain what already happened, not what could happen.

My 2¢:
We are what we imagine ourselves to be. It’s easy to forget that.
Could a ‘historian’ help you imagine your new self?

Your dreams are the fuel that will move you forward.
Your dreams are the vein of gold that will lead you to whatever you want to call prosperity.
But don’t take my word for it. Here’s part of Steve Job’s now famous commencement speech at Stanford University: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”