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The problem I have with this analysis is that there's an implied justification for being a dick as long as you're successful in the end. Too many people have taken this as the lesson of Steve Jobs.

Who's trying to justify their dickishness with the example of Steve Jobs?


I meet people all the time that think that stepping into his shoes is just a matter of being a total douche to everybody.


I've worked for people who have cited him as an excuse for bad decisions and obnoxious handling of other people.

Fake Steve Jobs's are a plague. They assume that they've already got the vision and creativity (often they don't, but every narcissist thinks that of himself) so the only thing they need to do in order to have that level of success (and admiration) is copy the bad parts of his personality... which is, quite frankly, ridiculous.

What they don't seem to realize is that Steve Jobs emerged in one time and environment that no longer exist. The opportunities that were available to a 20-year-old in 1975 in Northern California don't exist anymore. They're somewhere, but real opportunities are never visible (as such) at the time, so there's a huge amount of luck involved.


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