Why it’s always difficult to analyze Steve Jobs in an unbiased way? People have praised him for being the most astute businessman of our era, but they have also criticized him for being selfish and greedy. One thing is for sure, his real face will always be a secret.
The passion for perfection was intricately wired in his brain. It was not just the part of his professional life, but also affected his family life. Jobs, before being married, lived with the bare minimum stuffs. He just had a mattress, a table, and chairs. It may sound unbelievable.
He never purchased many essential things as he needed those things to be perfect—and unfortunately he was never able to decide what it meant to him. Things did not change for him even after the marriage. He always argued with his wife, “What is the purpose of a sofa?”
Jobs observed that European washing machines used less water and detergent than the American ones, but they also took twice the time in completing the washing cycle. He discussed this on the dinner table for two weeks every day.
Steve jobs mind wiring was extremely complex. He had an uncanny ability to find out your weak points, and he would leave no chance to make you feel small. His girlfriends had the first taste of his messy mind—he made them pregnant and later denied that the child was his.
He used to return food thrice in the restaurant. He used to compulsively reposition the piano in his home.
At the death bed, he chose three nurses out of 67 to serve him in the hospital. He always cringed on the design of the oxygen monitor while admitted in the hospital. Jobs never wore any machine whose design he did not like. He never hesitated to snatch credits of others.
Jonathan Ive, the designer of iMac, the iPod, and the iPhone, tells, “He will go through a process of looking at my ideas and say, ‘That’s no good. That’s not very good. I like that one.’ And later I will be sitting in the audience and he will be talking about it as if it was his idea.”
The great accomplishment of Jobs’s life is how effectively he put his idiosyncrasies—his petulance, his narcissism, and his rudeness—in the service of perfection.