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They'll remember the genius


There's been a lot of really amazing tributes to Steve Jobs the past few days. This one by Eric Schmidt had a nice point -

What I remember thinking at the time is that you shouldn’t take a job unless you know how to win. I had no clue how to do what he did. When somebody tells you they’re going to do something and you say, “I don’t understand how you’re going to do that,” and they succeed? That is the ultimate humbling experience. My interactions with Steve were always like that. He was always ahead of me. When he started working on tablets, I said nobody really likes tablets. The tablets that existed were just not very good. Steve said: “No, we can build one.” One of the things about Steve is, he was always in the realm of possibility. There was a set of assumptions that Steve would make that were never crazy. They were just ahead of me.

We think of Steve Jobs now as the visionary he was. In 300 years, when people study this era, they'll all recognize his genius right away.

Most of them - our great-great-grandchilden, they won't realize how Jobs's vision was misunderstood, questions, derided, mocked for so long before he broke through. They'll remember the genius, they won't remember the struggle.

167. Empathy is Hard

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Jonah pulled the gauze from his elbow wound. Strands of cotton were left behind on the pink flesh, slightly covered with a greenish ointment. “That’s not too bad,” said Arlene. “How about I throw you off a speeding motorcycle, and we’ll see how that goes?” Jonah felt like he was levitating. The painkillers were kicking in. Arlene’s indifference was irritating and he spiked her flask with Vicodin when he sent her to find the nurse. She came back with a sandwich. “Grilled chicken and cheese will go great with my energy drink.” Jonah was on the ceiling, out of earshot.

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