Monday, October 1, 2012

Book Review: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

I don't typically read biographies. I don't really read non-fiction unless it is about triathlon or fitness. I have wanted to read this book for quite some time now and finally decided to give it a try.

I started reading last week. I became so intrigued by this man that I had to do read this entire book this weekend. I was not able to focus on anything else and when I was not reading I was not motivated to do anything but find a way to read more. I have not been this way about a book in a long time. Actually, I should say I have not been this way about a person in a long time.

I found the story of Steve to be fascinating. I am not going to evaluate him in terms of a person because who am I to judge? We will never fully understand another person and simply reading a book does not give me "Expert" level knowledge on a person. I have a hard time knowing who I am most days.

With that being said, I believe that there is much that can be learned from his life. There are all sorts of thoughts out there about trying to copy him to be successful like he was and other thoughts about doing the opposite because he was so ruthless. In the end we can only be ourselves. I think that is the important take away from it all.

One quote that stood out to me in the book was 

“We probably only have the opportunity to do a few things really great and do them well.”

This is what I am going to take away from his life. There simply is not enough time in the day or in our lives to do all things we want to do and do them well. Instead we must focus on what is really important to us whether that is family, job, inventing new ideas, art, etc. Steve did just that. He poured his life into his ideas and would stop at nothing to see them come to life. This desire has to have a balance and therefore other things suffered in his life along the way.

This was a great story that allowed the public to get a glimpse about what goes on in the business world, in the mind of creative people, and to a world (Apple) that was so closed off until the unveiling of a product.

I highly recommend this read. IT gave me plenty of ideas to think about and allowed to take away some key thoughts that I can apply to myself and my life. This is a well written biography.
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