4 Revealing Anecdotes about Steve Jobs
01. We limit how much tech our kids use
Apple may make the world’s most in-demand Christmas presents, but Steve Jobs was not a complete technology evangelist – he strictly limited the amount of time his children got to use tech.
Asked in 2010 if his own children loved the iPad, he said: “They haven’t used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”
Children in the Jobs house were required to sit down at dinner and talk with the family.
02. Everything must be elegant
The “PC board” or motherboard of a personal computer is typically a purely functional device, laid out in such a way as to save space and provide adequate cooling to the components mounted upon it.
Steve started critiquing the layout on a purely esthetic basis. “That part’s really pretty”, he proclaimed. “But look at the memory chips. That’s ugly. The lines are too close together”.
George Crow, our recently hired analog engineer, interrupted Steve. “Who cares what the PC board looks like? The only thing that’s important is how well that it works. Nobody is going to see the PC board.”
Steve responded strongly.
“I’m gonna see it! I want it to be as beautiful as possible, even if it’s inside the box. A great carpenter isn’t going to use lousy wood for the back of a cabinet, even though nobody’s going to see it.”
03. Lack of hygiene
When Steve Jobs worked at game-maker Atari, he was put on the night shift because of his lack of hygiene. His authorised biographer, Walter Isaacson recalled in his biography of Steve Jobs that …
employees didn’t want to work with him because he never bathed and would walk around the office in his bare feet.
Steve believed that the antimuco diet, that he was following, did not allow that he smelled and he did not accept different opinions. It has always been very firm in any of its belief , however crazy they may be. Sometimes it was ridiculous, but allowed him to invent the future.
04. On his sick bed, he wants one to redo the Oxygen Mask
Jobs’ perfectionism was actually sick. He discussed with his wife 15 days about the design and their respective qualities before choosing a washing machine. He run through 67 nurses who did not suit him.
When the doctor, while he was dying, put an oxygen mask on his face, he took off it and complained that the design was ugly.
He then asked that several models were made for one can choose one.