Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Oct 2012 22:41 UTC
Apple "Regarding the speech, it is amazing to hear Steve Jobs talk about some things that were not fully realized until only a handful of years ago. This talks shows us just how incredibly ahead of his time he was. I've listened to the entirety of the recording a few times now and have taken extensive notes, of which I will further elaborate on in future blog postings." This 1983 speech by Jobs is not as visionary as it seems. It's virtually identical to Alan Kay's mind-blowing Dynabook vision... From 1968. Kay even describes multitouch (p. 8) and Siri (p. 6). Not entirely coincidentally, Kay joined Apple in 1984. Look people, Steve Jobs was an incredibly talented individual that left a real imprint on the world - you don't need to make him larger than he was.
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Jobs knew how to make things happen...
by galvanash on Thu 4th Oct 2012 01:01 UTC
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That was his primary skill. People called him a "visionary". That is an accurate label I guess, but it's meaning tends to be lost on most people.

Visionaries don't invent things or create things. They take small ideas they believe in (their's or other's) and run as far as they can with them. They play things out, see where it leads, get things done, make things happen. Their value is not in the idea itself, but their ability to mold it into their vision of what it could be. Any idea they feel is worth pursuing they pursue as if it is the most profound idea in the history of man - the goal being to convince everyone else to see it the way they do...

I think people do gloss over the fact that someone like Jobs cannot do what he does without being surrounded by some very talented people... At the same time though, he was always the guy in the spotlight, so he tends to get most of the credit. He was very good at that part too, the showmanship aspect of selling the general public on his vision.

I don't begrudge the accolades he gets. You absolutely need people like Jobs to turn ideas into successful products. He was lucky in many ways because he had enough money and was surrounded by enough talent that most of the time he could execute pretty damn well on his vision.

Anyway, visionary is just as good of a label as any I guess. Ive seen people call him a "salesman", but that just doesn't cut it. Salesman just sell things, it requires skill but not faith... Jobs made his own koolaid, and drank it regularly - no one can say he didn't believe in what he was doing. He may not have invented much of anything, but he sure knew how to run with an idea.

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