Jun 292013

Steve Jobs.
Walter Isaacson.
Google Books

I am listening to this audiobook in my car as I drive.

Two hours into the book I am amazed how much a child of the 60s Steve Jobs was. LSD, bare feet, long hair, even gurus and vegetarian. It will be interesting to watch him transform into the consummate businessman.

Thoughts while Reading

  • So smart that is unable to relate to others.
  • Manipulated his parents as a child and used those techniques to bully others when an adult.
  • Parents spoiled him, teaching him that rules don’t apply to him – – ‘Reality distortion field’ aka lived in denial (of reality), believing rules did not apply to him including handicap parking spots.
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

What was difference between his failures at Apple, Next, & Pixar that brought success later at Pixar and then Apple?

Book Info

Steve Jobs
by Walter Isaacson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: 10/24/2011
ISBN-10: 1451648537
ISBN-13: 978-1451648539
Started: 06/29/2013
Finished: 08/18/2013
Source: Mid-Columbia Library
Reason: New York Times #1 Best Seller
Format: audio CD

Publisher Synopsis

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.

Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.

Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.

Author Info
Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, has been chairman of CNN and the managing editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life and of Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter.

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