I think that Steve Jobs was brilliant. I think that he was an amazing risk taker, but I also think heroes are overrated.
I think that he had an amazing company, he had amazing people, and he also made mistakes. I mean I think deciding that the optical disk was the only way you’re going to be able to pop to your next killed that thing. And he did that despite a lot of people telling him it was a bad idea. I think he learned over a long period through failures that he had. And I think it’s important to listen to and think about Steve Jobs in the context in which the design is important and all that.
There are a lot of lessons to learn, but it’s also important not to overvalue or overrate heroes. I think we always look for heroes. I think it’s really important to have a community. I think it’s really important to have openness and diversity and I think in general, you know, I think leadership and heroes are overrated. So that would be my cautionary – and again, at a high level, it’s very easy to say things, but when you try to apply them, it becomes a little bit more complicated.
In Their Own Words is recorded in Big Think's studio.
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