I found it gripping, and I am not usually much for reading about celebrities. I was fascinated by the many intersecting threads of the history of internet and computers, silicon valley, business, the person, the company. The complexity and contradictions of Jobs personality puzzled me. Because I am really terrible at paying attention to popular culture and famous people, most of the information was news to me.
Two weeks ago I found this hefty book for only $3 at the Mill Valley Friends of the Library Book Sale shelf while I was waiting for Dale to finish his speaking gig. Maybe having a kid who promotes Hacking Your Education , UnCollege and Thiel Fellows had something to do with it, but I was totally sucked in by this story of a dropout.
I also felt pulled in because of being so close in age to Jobs. He touches on so many similar cultural experiences, the music, the hippy and communal days, the idealism that has to find a way to live in the world and make a living.
And the mortality. He was only three years older than me and he’s already gone. Whenever I experience loss it makes me think about whether or not I am doing what matters. And if not, what I want to change.
I love this quote from the book from this complicated controversial person:
We try to use the talents we do have to express our deep feelings, to show our appreciation of all the contributions that came before us, and to add some thing to that flow. p. 570
No matter what you think of Jobs, he did use his talents to contribute to the flow. He also inspired many others, whether through mentoring, competition or ferocious feedback, to use their talents as well.
What are you reading this week?
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