Tom Freston: Who inspires you?

Question: Who inspires you?

Tom Freston: Well there’s people that I admire. I don’t know as I never . . . You know I would say, you know, I look at people who just do such an amazing job on a consistent level and just turn them out. I mean they would be your superstar performers in our world. Steve Jobs at Apple to me has always been an inspiration because he is able to keep to sort of iconoclastic and unique culture at Apple outside of the mainstream, or at least appearing as such. And just to be able to continually innovate on such a deep level; on a design level; on a, you know, sort of functionality basis with the various products that they put out. And moving it, then again, into retail. The Apple story is a great story. You look at the giants of the creative world like, you know, the Steven Spielbergs who continually connect with whatever they produce, touch, direct. You know those are obvious, for me, idols of inspiration.

Recorded On: 7/6/07

The story of Apple.

To boost your self-esteem, write about chapters of your life

If you're lacking confidence and feel like you could benefit from an ego boost, try writing your life story.

Personal Growth

In truth, so much of what happens to us in life is random – we are pawns at the mercy of Lady Luck. To take ownership of our experiences and exert a feeling of control over our future, we tell stories about ourselves that weave meaning and continuity into our personal identity.

Keep reading Show less

Active ingredient in Roundup found in 95% of studied beers and wines

The controversial herbicide is everywhere, apparently.

Surprising Science
  • U.S. PIRG tested 20 beers and wines, including organics, and found Roundup's active ingredient in almost all of them.
  • A jury on August 2018 awarded a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma victim $289 million in Roundup damages.
  • Bayer/Monsanto says Roundup is totally safe. Others disagree.
Keep reading Show less

Ashes of cat named Pikachu to be launched into space

A space memorial company plans to launch the ashes of "Pikachu," a well-loved Tabby, into space.

GoFundMe/Steve Munt
Culture & Religion
  • Steve Munt, Pikachu's owner, created a GoFundMe page to raise money for the mission.
  • If all goes according to plan, Pikachu will be the second cat to enter space, the first being a French feline named Felicette.
  • It might seem frivolous, but the cat-lovers commenting on Munt's GoFundMe page would likely disagree.
Keep reading Show less