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?


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Comment by Annie Zheng on January 8, 2014 at 9:14pm

 "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."

this quote made me lol 10/10 w.b. 

 I agree that Steve Jobs was a genius. But I think most of the causticness was unnecessary. Sometimes he'd just bully people for no reason. And like how he cheated Wozniak out of cash at the very beginning of their enterprise? Unnecessary. The way he pushed people relentlessly created beautiful things, but not all of that emotional abuse went into a better product. In the end, he could have balanced determination with some well-applied harshness. I don't think he needed the random emotional breakdowns, constantly swearing at other people, and making fun of their jobs/families/physical attributes/etc. 

Comment by Andrew Lundholm on January 8, 2014 at 9:16pm

People pioneering in fields often get credit for mining all new ideas.  For Jobs, he really focused on Graphical user interfaces.  I've programmed quite a bit in high school, and I've learned that when you have a goal of making something as realistic as possible graphically, called Skeuomorphism, you can design intuitive interfaces that are based on analogies from real life.  Having a window concept with visible buttons is in a way skeuomorphism.  Jobs took the realistic nature of GUI for his inspiration.

Comment by Arial Nieberding on January 8, 2014 at 9:39pm

So, I have not read this book (although after this intriguing blog post I think I might). However, what I have done is seen the movie Jobs. And with the knowledge that I have gained from that film, I would completely agree with your conclusions on Steve's personality. He was unrealistic, not skilled socially, and honestly, kind of a jerk (at least that's how Ashton Kutcher portrayed him). But he was a genius and has certainly left a legacy.  

Comment by Ema M on January 8, 2014 at 9:44pm
Your blog post definitely encouraged me to read this novel! I wasn't aware that Steve Jobs didn't have a usual success in business. His company grew, changing the way the world lives today. Without the technology created by Apple, how far would we be today? Jobs's extraordinary life is an inspiration, showing that anyone has a chance for ultimate success!


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