16 Examples of Steve Jobs Being a Jerk

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    Oct 27, 2011 3:10 PM GMT
    http://www.businessinsider.com/steve-jobs-jerk-2011-10

    Interesting article, which sheds a different light on Jobs. I'm not saying I necessarily agree with this assessment of Jobs however. Like all people, I guess he had his good and maybe his not-so-good points. I've known a few people during my Syntex years who were early Apple employees - and I never heard anything negative about Jobs or Woz from any of them. Most of them talked instead about how much stock they received, and how they bought houses with some of the terrific money they made. My Dad said one of his employees at Lockheed in the early days was the father of Woz. Mr. Wozniak (senior) was granted permission to take some old or no longer used IBM equipment home for his son, who was working on building a computer in his garage. Mr. Wozniak told other employees he couldn't get his cars in the garage because of all the stuff his son had collected.
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    Oct 27, 2011 3:51 PM GMT
    Too soon? icon_wink.gif
  • JP85257

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    Oct 27, 2011 3:52 PM GMT
    He was a middle-aged CEO.
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    Oct 27, 2011 3:52 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidhttp://www.businessinsider.com/steve-jobs-jerk-2011-10


    and I guess you must be Jesus.
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    Oct 27, 2011 4:04 PM GMT
    In software I work with a lot of socially awkward, but really smart innovating people. At times I wonder where the hell did these people learn social skills and how to interact with others... Then I realize that they don't know how! They never learned because they spent their entire lives behind a computer monitor locked up in their rooms all day not interacting with the real world. Steve Jobs I think is the same. He had the computer smarts, but no social common world smarts. Which is a dangerous combination for people running huge companies. I don't think he should be called a jerk, just a social retard.
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    Oct 27, 2011 4:06 PM GMT
    He's dead. So, he's not a jerk anymore.

    Besides, wouldn't the world be best served by remembering the good things that people do, and to not focus on the shortcomings and other pettiness?

    I'm sure Einstein, nor Da Vinci, nor Picasso were perfect.

    Genius usually carries quirks.

    I've been a jerk in my life, and I know it. I also know that I've done one or two things that have been kind and generous. When I'm dead (and I will be eventually), I hope people forgive and remember how I made positive contributions to the world, and not my jerky shortcomings.

    I only know of One who may judge, who is without imperfection. And, it is my belief that I will face that One when I die. I will leave judgement to that One in hopes that other souls that have gone before me might speak up in my defense.
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    Oct 27, 2011 4:10 PM GMT
    Wow, the older lady at Whole Foods making the smoothie story was not cool. I don't give a damn who you are, but being rude to people in the customer service arena (especially food) makes you an asshole.

    I was at Denny's a year or two back in San Antonio (post-drinking grease desires). This older black preacher was berating the shit out of his server. The server was young and around 20 if that. The server kept a smile on his face, and continued doing an excellent job. I left the server a tip (of course the preacher guy didn't leave a tip).
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    Oct 27, 2011 4:14 PM GMT
    Trail_Runner said....a social retard.

    Technology occupations: the social equivalent of a short bus.
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    Oct 27, 2011 4:20 PM GMT
    everyone in the world has the capability of being a jerk at some point. The man was responsible for some pretty amazing stuff... the things he fought thru out his life... he's dead... why do people feel justified in tarnishing the memories, of people after they have died....
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    Oct 27, 2011 4:21 PM GMT
    4 Reasons For Not Caring Steve Jobs Was A Jerk...


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  • SoDakGuy

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    Oct 27, 2011 4:22 PM GMT
    And I bet there are 16 examples in each of our lives where we've all been jerks. icon_twisted.gif
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    Oct 27, 2011 4:23 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said4 Reasons For Not Caring Steve Jobs Was A Jerk...


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    I agree. People of talent, vision & genius are often difficult personally. So were Edison, Einstein, and countless others. We judge them by their accomplishments, not by their human frailties.
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    Oct 27, 2011 4:25 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said4 Reasons For Not Caring Steve Jobs Was A Jerk...
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    One action, one message which, in my mind, redeems the man for life.
    Listen to his story, and for those who think he was a jerk, think about this message
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    Oct 27, 2011 4:27 PM GMT
    The man was incredibly important to humankind; I think most people cannot even comprehend how important Steve Jobs was.

    When you think of Steve Jobs, think what the world would be without the personal computer. There is not one area on the planet that I am aware of that wasn't impacted in some way, however small, by Steve Jobs or his genius. He was incredibly important in the big scheme of things. There are many people on this planet that have not heard of Jesus Christ, but there are few who have not been directly impacted by a personal computer. That's not an anti-Christian comment. It's a fact.

    I'd rather think of Steve Jobs as one of the most important men who ever lived, and I believe that history will paint him that way. He may have had some socially awkward moments, but he still impacted the world more than anyone else in my lifetime, and maybe for many centuries past.
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    Oct 27, 2011 4:32 PM GMT
    I finished the recent biography and while he appeared to be a real asshole, constantly putting the competition/ his own employee's down I came away with a real respect for him as an innovator.

    If he was an asshole in any way it was usually for the betterment of his company. He was obsessed with perfection and didn't suffer fools lightly because he really cared about his work.

    I think his unique outlook on life really helped him to become the success story we all know about.

    Besides, like another poster said, look at any of the people at the top of their game and you will quickly find out that they are all real bastards in certain areas.
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    Oct 27, 2011 4:38 PM GMT
    I have run into alot of jerks over the past - even some of them were on here. I have never owned a Mac computer, I-Pod, I-Phone or I-Pad and I really don't think I ever will. They are nice for people who need to keep up with things from minute to minute but I can wait till I get home to contact people. Electronics has taken over sometimes in the wrong place and the wrong time ---- in line ordering a hamburger and fries or in the checkout line.
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    Oct 27, 2011 5:05 PM GMT
    Focusing on the negatives makes one a very, very, single looking for Mr. Right sort of guy.
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    Oct 27, 2011 5:09 PM GMT
    Rude article
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    Oct 27, 2011 5:11 PM GMT
    make no mistake, you get to the top by clawing your way there... and if you have to push a few icon_twisted.gif dead bodies out of the way, in the process... so be it!!!
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    Oct 27, 2011 5:13 PM GMT
    I'm a jerk to a lot of people...I hope when I die I get an article written about me, icon_confused.gif
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    Oct 27, 2011 5:34 PM GMT
    My Policy has always been that Dying isn't a get out of Jail Free card. Not saying talk shit about a person who can't defend themselves, but good people die and so do bad ones. It makes sense he'd be kind of an egomaniac, and a control freak. And there certainly are those types of people who BLOW UP LIKE HIROSHIMA for 5 minutes then 5 minutes later they've forgotten all about it. Those factors MIXED with the socially awkward computer nerd... a recipe for disaster honestly, but sometimes disasters go incredibly right.. and in this case it worked out, however awful he may have been..
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    Oct 27, 2011 5:37 PM GMT
    Nice guys finish last... Steve Jobs finished first.

    Sent from one of his computers. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 27, 2011 5:45 PM GMT
    Bottomline: A genius mind of the likes of Steve Jobs just simply has little tolerance for the seemingly incompetence of underlings who do not have the same vision and commitment to perfection that he had. This is not uncommon. He did not get where he got by being Mr. Nice Guy. Let's not forget the doors that were slammed in HIS face in the early days of Apple. He had a vision, and he wasn't going to be stopped by anybody until it was realized. Good for him. His efforts and commitment to excellence changed the world. Few people leave this earth with that distinction.
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    Oct 27, 2011 5:47 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidBottomline: A genius mind of the likes of Steve Jobs just simply has little tolerance for the seemingly incompetence of underlings who do not have the same vision and commitment to perfection that he had. This is not uncommon. He did not get where he got by being Mr. Nice Guy. Let's not forget the doors that were slammed in HIS face in the early days of Apple. He had a vision, and he wasn't going to be stopped by anybody until it was realized. Good for him. His efforts and commitment to excellence changed the world. Few people leave this earth with that distinction.


    I completely agree.
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    Oct 27, 2011 6:54 PM GMT
    Steve Jobs was a well documented asshole. He had a vision and was wildly successful, and has had and will continue to have an effect on Generation C, as we move towards an increasingly digitalized life. That doesn't excuse one's social behavior. If you're a dick, and you've made some great accomplishment, that makes you a dick, not a poor misunderstood genius.

    There are plenty of other geniuses out there that weren't assholes to people. And plenty of people that bring about REAL change, not just expensive trinkets that are the epitomy of #firstworldproblems. Why do we not give the same worship to the inventor of the passive drip IV line, which will undoubtedly medicine in rural or disaster situations?

    But still, Jobs did a great job selling an idea and culture to the populous. Just like the popular Jersey Shore, the Real Housewives series, the Swiffer, and North Face fleeces have transformed our lives, nobody could really imagine life without them, making them the apex of our century's genius [/sarcasm]