101 “Reasons” why Apple is No. 1

Again, I’m a little behind; I’ve been wanting to write this article for over a month… but better late than never. 🙂

The March cover of Fast Company advertised this title, “+101 Reasons Apple Is No. 1” (the actual title of the article is, “Apple: For Dominating the business landscape, in 101 ways”). I was all excited to go in and look at what they were calling “reasons” and shred them apart. 🙂

Unfortunately (fortunately? : ) they beat me to the punch. The “reasons” why Apple is number one is a list of over successful companies that use Apple products:

1. Hyundai for making the iPad standard in its new Equus 2. Flipboard for streamlining social media on the iPad into your new favorite magazine 3. Zumobi for building a network of media-brand apps, such as NBC’s Today show… 7. Foursquare for being the mayor of iPhone check-ins… 9. Dropbox for hooking 30% of its users via its mobile cloud-storage app… 22. Evernote for the 51% of of 6 million hoarders who access their digital lives from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

The list goes on and on, 100 companies in all, all listed in a fold-out 4 page-width illustrated poster (I’m thinking about putting it on my wall : ).

Brilliant. 🙂

I like it; I think those are good reasons. Our mantra is that success is built on, in fact predicated by, making other companies successful. It only makes sense then that Apple is so successful, because they have played a part in making so many other companies successful. Genius. 🙂

Now I just have to figure out how to get in on those seeds… 🙂

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9 Responses to 101 “Reasons” why Apple is No. 1

  1. Peter Axtell says:

    Question: I am a real estate agent. We are all “independent” contractors working in an office. Meaning we are all in “competition” with each other for business. I’ve often gone on listing appointments competing “against” other agents in my office for listings. How do I make the other agents be successful?
    Keep writing!

    • ericbrinkman says:

      dear Peter, “competition” can be a good thing in the sense that it makes everybody better–Geshe Michael always talks about the healthy competition between Sera Mey and Sera Jey for example, or between himself and Art Engle. Compete with others to see who can come up with the best ways to help the customer–who can offer the best service, who can get them the best deal. But in your mind rejoice in their success and if they come out ahead you have to be happy for them, and if you see someone struggling, you have to think how you can help them–tips, advice, maybe explain emptiness and seeds… 🙂

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  3. Peter Axtell says:

    Dear Eric,
    What a great answer. How many times to we knuckleheads have to hear these truths….I know….Geshe Michael says thousands of times…have to run now and rejoice in other’s success…Thanks, Peter

  4. Eric you are truly brilliant. You have now given me more reason to rejoice in using my Macbook (typing on it now in fact). iPhone4 (using it as a personal hotspot now), and iPad (well I’ll use it later I promise).

    I just also wonder how is it that Apple products are so reliable as compared to the average PC. Steve Jobs must be extremely careful to be ever reliable.

    So like Peter I have to get on the rejoice wagon and build up some good Karma.



  5. Holger says:

    Dearest Eric,

    .. not to forget the app store business model.. Apple has created wealth and prosperity for 80.000 app. developer!! The have developed and deployed 350.000 apps counting for over 10 Billion Downloads, a several Billion Dollar Market of which Apple gets 30%, 70% goes to the app developer… More than 1.000 millionaires so far…
    Sounds like a karmic booster business model to me 😉

    all the best – please keep on with this impressive blog!!

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