Both of the Steve Jobs biographies I read, Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson and Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, were written by people who knew Steve Jobs personally. But there are a couple of small points that I think they overlooked….
I’ve read quite a bit of information about becoming an entrepreneur. Not that I’ve been able to put much of it into practice, but I’ve done a lot of research. Enough that while I was reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, and Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, I was surprised to notice when Jobs’ success occurred not because he followed what is often given as common advice, but when he deviated from it….
Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli points out that Job’s success in his second career at Apple depended not only on what he learned from the failures of NeXT and the successes of Pixar, but on him evolving personally, learning how to manage his weaknesses and fine tune his strengths. I went over some of his strengths in a previous post. So what were his characteristics that hampered him, especially earlier in his career? What were Steve Jobs’ weaknesses as a leader?…
According to Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, these were some characteristics of Steve Jobs that made him successful. I also read, Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, the official biography, but because Becoming Steve focused more on his career and less on his personal life, it was easier to keep track of his characteristics in Becoming Steve. Some of these were characteristics that he was lacking – or weren’t well developed – the first time he was at Apple and led, all or in part, to his dismissal from the company. Some of these characteristics intersect with the ones that I went over before, the characteristics of Steve Jobs that are the opposite of what traditional education teaches.…
How did Steve Jobs, a college dropout, go on to found a computer company, get kicked out, help steer the success of Pixar, and make his way back to Apple and phenomenal success? Since he was a college dropout, it wasn’t from something he learned in college. In fact, he wasn’t much of a student in high school either. His opinion was that schools just made students memorize stuff, rather than teaching them interesting information. What were the entrepreneur skills Steve Jobs didn’t learn in school?…
A brief history of computers – the role of Steve Jobs and the Mac vs. PC wars
What skills are necessary to have a successful career? Time and time again I’ve read that the jobs of the future are jobs that don’t even exist; that today’s students will have to be tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. My reading of World Class Learners and Outliers led me to be curious to learn more about the career of Steve Jobs. So I followed those two books by reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, the official biography. Some months later this was the choice for my book club. Instead of rereading Steve Jobs, I decided to gain an alternate perspective by reading Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli. Following is a comparison of the two books, Becoming Steve Jobs vs. Steve Jobs the official biography….
My dissatisfaction with the current overbearing schedule for students in high school, has led me to do quite a bit of reading. (To see my reading list for books about success and education, click here.) One of the first books I read was Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcom Gladwell.
In the first half, Gladwell showed how the success of Outliers can be tied to luck, to timing, to “Opportunity.”
In the second half, Gladwell showed how the success of Outliers is also affected by where you come from and your culture, “Legacy.”
In my third post, I looked at my own conclusions from Outliers about what you needed to do to be successful. Hint: It has nothing to do with being a straight-A student.)
But the book is about what makes people an outlying success, like Steve Jobs. What factors does Gladwell think it takes to be an outlying success? Obsession….
My dissatisfaction with the current overbearing schedule for students in high school has led me to do quite a bit of reading. (To see my reading list about success and education, click here.) One of the first books I read was Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcom Gladwell. It had been on my reading list for awhile for completely unrelated reasons, so when it was recommended to me as a follow up to World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students by Yong Zhao, I moved it to the top. Among other things, World Class Learners used Steve Jobs, an Outlier, as an example of a successful entrepreneur so much that I was curious to see an analysis of his success….
In this series of posts, I’ve been exploring the ideas in How Children Succeed, that suggest that doing well in school won’t lead to success. As a final note, in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough spent a lot of time defining success as disadvantaged students graduating from college. However, his book shows that –
College isn’t needed for success.
Let me follow this by immediately saying that we’ve decided that our kids will go to college, which I might cover in another post, but for now I’m just going to go over the evidence that shows that is isn’t necessary for success….