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The 'hero/asshole roller coaster' is a widely accepted description of what it could be like working for Jobs.

On the other hand, there are plenty of people who worked for him for decades, and people who worked for him, left, and then returned.

I suspect part of it was learning how to deal with Jobs and his tantrums, part of it was being talented enough to spend more time as a 'hero' than an 'asshole', part of it was feeling that Jobs was trying to achieve something significant and thus the expected effort was worthwhile, and part of it was finding ways to stay out of Jobs' sight when necessary.

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