Steve Jobs could look at two seemingly indistinguishable avocados and declare one heavenly and the other inedible. He refused to put a license plate on his car. Early at Apple, he even used to relax by soaking his feet in the toilet.
These are only a few of the many eccentric facts I learned about Jobs through his biography by Walter Isaacson. Like many of you, Jobs is a personal hero of mine. I was fascinated, inspired, and enraged throughout the book. Steve could be both a kind and a cruel man. A genius visionary and an ignorant fool.
Take for example his initial reaction to having cancer. For nine months Jobs categorically refused his doctors' advice to have surgery to remove the tumor. Instead he was the victim of his own Reality Distortion Field, believing it was better to use alternative medical solutions. His advisors told him, "Cancer doesn't work like that. You need surgery”.
We can never know for sure, but there is cause to believe that Steve didn't have to die so young. Had he been a bit more humble he would have elected for the surgery immediately. Who knows what the world would be like today if he were still at Apple's helm.
Then again, had he been a bit more humble, could he have revolutionized no fewer than three industries in his five short decades?
The trouble with Steve Jobs is that he yelled at his employees, cried to his bosses, stole from his best friend, denied his firstborn- and yet was one of the best leaders this world has ever seen.
By Elizabeth Joy Smith