Feb 21, 12
Read in December, 2011
Most of the people who achieve great wealth in the US these days seem to do so by managing others’ wealth, not by actually creating a product or by adding value to our lives. These are nearly useless members of society, in my view; the industrial barons of the 19th century are a far more interesting lot. So I could not resist this biography of a real 21st century rainmaker. Steve Jobs was more interested in his products than in wealth itself, and he never let up in his drive to bring those products to life. What creates such people? It’s a fascinating question.
This is no doubt not the final biography of Steve Jobs. The perspective of time will persuade others to look back on his life, and I frankly have little concern for whether or not Steve Jobs was a good guy in private life. It’s the visionary mind that is a glorious thing to behold, and I was fully engrossed from beginning to end.