What Walter Isaacson’s book Steve Jobs really taught me is that the path to success is extremely varied. I used to think that Steve Jobs was just like all those other businessmen who went to college, got good grades, the usual deal but rather clad in a black turtleneck and blue jeans as opposed to a suit and tie. I could not have been more wrong.
When I think of Apple, I think Steve Jobs. He is often thanked for his genius and his talent, but he truly isn’t the sole reason that technology has advanced so far. He’s the face of Apple, but without Steve Wozniak and other Apple employees, there would be nothing. Without Steve Jobs, Apple might not be the giant it is today, but he is not responsible for every single idea that he is credited for.
A few months back, I was researching Timothy Cook, the new CEO of Apple and I learned that after his appointment, Apple has been donating millions of dollars to charities. There’s lots more room for philanthropy but I thought this was a great start because as outlined in this book, I learned that Jobs did not care much for philanthropy especially in the early stages of Apple.
What really surprised me is his whole spiritual journey and his emotional side. He always cries when he’s angry or upset; it’s pretty hilarious. I had to stop myself from laughing during silent reading but he does it so often. It was even harder to suppress laughter when he insults other people. His carries it over into his management style which is very unique (in a bad way?) but I find it entertaining and amusing because I’m merely reading about it rather than experiencing it.
Isaacson brings up a lot Jobs’s “reality distortion field” and how it worked. It’s a term exclusively
created for Jobs by his colleagues but I have met people that do this before and it's quite interesting. Basically, he chose to ignore certain details of a situation or pretend that something isn’t happening when in reality it is. This caused a lot of frustration for his workers but there are many times which the “reality distortion field” drove Apple to achieve higher standards because of Jobs’s “impossible” goals.
Despite all the things I learned, Steve Jobs was a genius. He invested himself into his products and drove for the highest quality. The computer fonts that we use today were inspired by Jobs’s college calligraphy class. The colored screen you’re reading this on, the window format, the neat colors and lines, all envisioned by him. Apple may not seem all that fantastic and different from other companies, but Apple was a splash of creativity and color in a world of dark screen with green pixels.
What do you believe Steve Jobs brought to the world?