Steve Jobs and his obsession with perfection

Steve Jobs, maybe the visionary, the genius, the innovator and the perfectionist as most people describe or the callous, cold-hearted moron to some. But, he sure had his morals that he believed in. If you have read Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (I suggest you do if you haven’t yet), you will understand, how the man strived for perfection in everything.

steve jobs

Image: Flickr

There is a small portion in the book Steve Jobs, where the author explains an incident that took place in the hospital when he was sick. The below instance from the book clearly portrays how much Jobs cared about perfect things.

“Despite all the coddling, Jobs at times almost went crazy. He chafed at not being in control, and he sometimes hallucinated or became angry. Even when he was barely conscious, his strong personality came through. At one point the pulmonologist tried to put a mask over his face when he was deeply sedated. Jobs
ripped it off and mumbled that he hated the design and refused to wear it. Though barely able to speak, he ordered them to bring five different options for the mask and he would pick a design he liked. The doctors looked at Powell, puzzled. She was finally able to distract him so they could put on the mask. He also hated the oxygen monitor they put on his finger. He told them it was ugly and too complex. He suggested ways it could be designed more simply. “He was very attuned to every nuance of the environment and objects around him, and that drained him,” Powell recalled.”

Steve Jobs strived and craved for perfection unlike anyone else. While he may not be the perfect human who ever lived, he definitely has created products which just work, if not perfect. As people say, no one or nothing ever will be perfect. But, it is as close as one can get. And Steve Jobs and his products were the closest, perhaps.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this:
Skip to toolbar