Let’s Stop Worshipping Steve Jobs and People like Him

We have to get better at separating fact from fiction

George J. Ziogas



In death, we have a habit of lionizing people even beyond the point we did when they walked among the living. Right now, the likes of Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are being dragged all over the internet for their narcissistic behavior.

While one consistently damages the reputation of his brand by spouting nonsense on social media, the other is standing by while his platform allows disinformation all over the world. Some of that disinformation has led to literal bloodshed, in multiple countries.

Unfortunately, when either one of these men passes away, we will rewrite history to celebrate them in a way they likely don’t deserve. Of course, right now, there are plenty of people who worship them despite the chaos they’ve created in the world.

That’s precisely what we’ve done with Steve Jobs. Well, to an extent.

Being Steve Jobs

There’s a lot to get excited about. The biological son of an immigrant and adopted at birth, Jobs rose to prominence after starting his business in a garage. It sounds like one of those ‘American Dream’ stories.

The reality of Jobs, though, is that he was a bad boss, a terrible father to his firstborn, and a difficult boss to work for. It would be remiss of us not to highlight how, despite his close relationship with Steve Wozniak, he still cut him out of the profit earned from Pong, with Wozniak doing the work and Jobs lying about how much profit was involved so he could pocket the majority of it himself.

Or, how he refused to give Apple shares to the earliest employees, or the highly inappropriate questions he would ask interview candidates.

The people around him enabled his behavior because he was a misunderstood genius. No, he wasn’t. For all his genius, he wasn’t misunderstood, he was just a jerk. For Jobs, his sole focus was on the job at hand, feelings didn’t enter the equation for him so he didn’t particularly care about anyone else or what they might have been thinking or going through. It was about the end-product. Something great for end-users and consumers, but not so great for the people around him.



George J. Ziogas

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