Here is my overview of chapters 1-16 of the book “Steve Jobs”. Here are a few points I would like to talk about:
“Steve and I just sat on the sidewalk in front of Bill;s House for the longest time, just sharing storeis -mostly about pranks we’d pulled, and also what kind of electronics designs we’d done…they also shared a passion for music.
Woz and Jobs: John Wozniak and Jobs were the original two people to create Apple. What brought them together was having common interests. This reminds me of Carnegie that said to have genuine interests in people. They would not have made Apple if it were not finding trust in one another. This was created by liking each other on a personal level. Even the people who could be different can work together!
“He had a very inquiring mind that was enormously attractive. He refused to accept automatically received truths, and he wanted to examine everything himself”
Reed College and Jobs: This was really interesting to me because he did not follow the path of finishing college and find a job. He did not go to a lot of his classes, and he did not finish his education. The thing that made him different was that he was learning on his own. He did not do all the classes, but he was really learning and retaining information form the class. For some classes, you just learn the material and then forget it. Just like in Think Smart it is important to keep on learning.
He was interested not jsut in engineering, but also the business aspects. I told him “Pretened to be completely in control and people will assume you are”.
“He emphasized that you should never starta company with the goal of getting rich. Your goal should be making somethingyou believe in and making a company that will last”
Jobs and his mentors: Jobs had many mentors, and that is important to have when finding your leadership skills. Sometimes they give more technical advice, but also they help empower you to do great. You are influenced by the people you are around, so being around people like Nolan helped Jobs become the person he is. They helped instill in him that his first priority should not just be about making his money, and the priority is about building a stable company. This helped Jobs direct his goals, and that is why Apple was able to thrive through all these years.
“I have always liked Steve, but I have found it impossible to work for him…Jobs regularly miss appointments. This is so well-known as to be almost a running joke…
“He was very emotionally attuned, able to read people and know their psychological strengths and vulnerabilities…He intuitively knew when someone was faking it or truly knew something…It is a common trait in people whoa re charismatic and knows how to manipulate people.
“Let’s have a renegade feeling of our group. We can moves fast, We can get things done. Happy 28th Steve. The Journey is the Reward- The Pirates”
Leadership – There have been many accounts of how Jobs was as a leader. I think that he created a fast-moving environment, but he was not able to help everyone. He was creating some inconsistencies in what he expected to form his employees. He was not able to do it himself, and I think that created some tension with some employees. I think though he figured out that the people he vibed with were super successful. He was able to create a group identity of the Pirates, and they were able to find that common goal. He was able to make people feel the vision he wanted them to see. Thus they were motivated because they wanted to be a part of that vision.
The main points I got from this is that you get can get inspiration from everywhere, so keep on learning. He found his passion for constantly learning and trying new experiences. He got inspiration from his childhood and the people around him. It is good to surround yourself with good people and to find good mentors. He did have his faults; he would lie, he would belittle people, and he would not keep his word. The company still grew, and he would soon see that his passion (not always translated well) would be all worth it. It is good to be genuinely interested in people.
“The goal was never to beat the competition or to make a lot of money. It was to do the greatest thing possible, or even a little greater.
For the why, we were able to see that Jobs is a human. He had his struggles, and he had his experiences influence him in the choices he has made. We all have experienced things, and that has influenced on the things we have done. He had to deal with that while trying to build a company. You can see his ups and downs, and that gives authenticity to how he was as a person. He also knew his strengths, so he used that to help control his people. This could be a powerful part of his leadership, and he is still figuring out the perfect equation. It allows us to see that there will be obstacles on the road, but it can be done. He is just like us, and he just took chances on himself.