Book Notes: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Book Notes: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Book Notes: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Isaacson was able to perfectly represent Job’s personality and give it a vivid approach. This included his perception of how people were classified and his self-conception as a humanist and the artist he was. This obsession caused him to put off his family while dealing with his cancer at the same time. It’s quite ironic considering that his condition, empathy, and aggression coexisted hand in hand.

The biography illustrates Jobs’s ties with Apple and its various innovative products. The move between his professional and personal life is quite fluid and offers an explanation of how Jobs used each aspect to shape the other. Surprisingly, the book focuses on Jobs as a person and a human being. This includes assessing the factors that were responsible for making him an extraordinary individual and a visionary at the same time. To better understand this idea, it is best to review the ten most remarkable bits about Jobs’s personality.

  1. Considering the fact that dichotomous is almost similar to bipolar disorder, Jobs had a weird way of reacting to situations, people, and things alike. It could either be his best facet or the worst. His behavior could drive him to produce excellent work or create volatile bursts of emotions.
  2. Jobs had a gift rarely found in people. His ability to remain focused and avoiding what he didn’t want was largely credited for his ability to make the most of his time. Although this ability empowered him at first, it crippled him in some aspects of his life. Not only did he ignore his family, he also delayed his own treatment after being diagnosed with cancer.
  3. He considered consumer engineering an integral part of his designs. He went to such an extent claiming that it is a part of humanity itself. This included aspects like visual designs and music, which Apple has been focusing on over the years.
  4. He was a perfectionist with life and approached his business in the same way. He continuously insisted on having full control throughout the product development life cycle. He can be considered as a tinkerer rather than an inventor. His obsession with designs and functionality led him to refine the look and feel of the product while it was being developed.  This tinkering is the primary reason why he made the unimaginable possible and mass marketable at the same time.
  5. An interesting fact about Jobs was his uncanny ability to bend people and organizations to his will using his reality distortion field.
  6. It is true that Jobs was harsh when it came to making judgments. This included details related to the products Apple was developing. It goes without saying that he was rude to his workers and strangers as well. Although he was considered hard to work with, a lot of employees stated that they learned a lot from working with him.
  7. Jobs also suffered from an eating disorder along with other psychological issues. These factors made it more difficult for his cancer to be treated effectively. He constantly resisted treatment for depression as he believed that it would render his personality invisible.
  8. His creative genius allowed him to transform many major industries through his products.
  9. Jobs was a tell-it-like-it-is type of guy, urging Isaacson to write his biography and gave him the freedom to write without being biased.
  10. The biography concludes with Jobs’s last words and ends with paragraphs that reflect on his life, work, and his experience as a pioneer in the modern world.

 

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