Monday, December 31, 2012
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
"Jobs had an almost willful lack of tact. It was more than just an inability to hide his opinions when others said something he thought dumb; it was a conscious readiness even a perverse eagerness, to put people down, humiliate them, show he was smarter."
Come December, though, I knew I'd be busy with holiday preparations so I didn't want to start anything too new or involved, so I picked this up again and kept right on going from where I'd left off.
Wow. What an incredibly focused and visionary guy Steve Jobs was. I wouldn't have lasted an hour in his company but I sure do appreciate his creativity and singleminded business sense. Towards the end of Walter Isaacson's wonderfully written biography I couldn't help rooting for Jobs as he leaves his nay-sayers in the dust. All these other big name tech companies missed the boat big time, said it couldn't be done, or spent too much time 'researching' and bickering. Meanwhile Jobs just went ahead and did whatever had to be done to make his dream happen. He was so busy handing companies like Sony their lunch back that he forgot how to be a nice guy. Oh well. Lucky for the rest of us.
The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
Amen to that.