Steve Jobs was widely known to be highly volatile, opinionated, egotistical, and sometimes, downright mean. But for all his flaws, he was a visionary genius who was set to “make a dent in the Universe,” and he did just that.
This book does a great job of capturing Jobs, blemishes and all, and sharing him with the rest of the world who never had a chance to meet him. One of my major regrets in life is that I’ll never have that chance, even though part of me is a little afraid he’d think I was “complete sh**.”
I learned three valuable lessons from this book. First, don’t be afraid to ask for what you want, even if you have to ask a dozen times or a hundred times, and stand in the waiting room until you get an answer. Second, don’t be afraid to speak your mind, even if your opinion is really unpopular. And finally, it’s ok to change your mind in light of new evidence, even though some will say you’re flip-flopping or can’t make a decision.
When I was in corporate America years ago, I had a tendency to speak my mind. That tendency was eventually beat out of me following several apology letters and reprimands. Even though everyone agreed with what I said, and agreed it needed to be said, it wasn’t appropriate to say it.
If I would have had this book back then, I would have known to ask myself this one, very important question: What would Steve Jobs do?
The answer? Rather than being silenced, he would have started his own company and put them out of business. The message? Never let anyone tell you not to do or say what you know is right. Stand up for your beliefs and if those around you can’t handle them, surround yourself with different people.
If you read this book for what it is… A life recount of an egomaniacal, socially challenged, brilliant innovator, you’re going to get a lot out of it. If you read it in judgement of an imperfect man, you’ve missed the point.