Sunday, November 13, 2011

Self Awareness, Steve Jobs etc

People put steve jobs quotes in their twitter, facebook, and blogs. Yes, the ones who put scene on how they admire his ability to 'fight' the status quo, 'think differently', live life in his own terms and rebel against the tide to get his way

These people are the status quo that steve jobs had to fight against. Almost all of them who profess to be inspired by steve jobs and display his quotes are exactly the people who would push back and suffocate someone who thinks differently. They are the tide who will negatively brand a person trying to swim against the tide. Steve Job's life was more interesting and his legacy exists because of the fact that he had to fight the sort of people who put up his quotes after he died. If these people lived in 80s and 90s and met steve jobs in a professional setting - they would be the kind who would strongly oppose his ideas and plans.

I am reminded of people who complain that no one responds to the emails they sent but in-turn they never reply to emails they get. They imagine that a self-professed 'I am inspired by Steve Jobs' quote automatically bestows upon them a cause worth rebelling for. While in reality what they fall in the category of those who block the minority few who actually have ideas.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

so he created them to fight them?

Hawkeye said...

wow!

Anonymous said...

The Jobs fan-boys that you refer to arent the stuck up types, but the ones who want to rebel, but cant and end up fantasizing about doing a 'Jobs' in their air-conditioned 4x4 cubicles amidst their everyday mundane corporate drudgery.

Kaber Vasuki said...

Rebellion is over-rated. Conformity is the new rebellion.

madrasi said...

who didn't respond to your email? en endha koa-veri?

Vijayan Sundaram said...

there was one more important person who died almost in the same week as Steve Jobs... people give a damn about him although he contributed to Humanity more than Mr. Steve.... Mr. Wilson Greatbatch who has a few major inventions to his credit, including "the first practical implantable pacemaker,".

Anonymous said...

Haha, wonder how many of these guys rebelled against the tide and got a Zune.

sreekrishnan said...

As Sivaji Ganesan says in Devar magan "indha kaati mirandi payalga kootathula ..."

SS said...

I agree in that many Desis have gone overboard, the Steve Jobs quotes were relatively inspiring for a couple of days after his death. Now, they seem cliched and tired.

However, you seem to be making some blanket assumptions about people, a tad, don't you think? Either that, or you must really hate someone (who also happens to be a Steve Jobs fan).

Hawkeye said...

no, its not against any one in particular.

just a social commentary on why people think that they are inspired by a rebel when they have nothing to rebel for.

And on why Steve jobs never inspires people to think they could be an obstacle to someone crusading with a different idea.

i am intrigued by default settings in the brain that cause people to first have a flattering opinion of themselves before moving on to less flattering opinions

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sreekrishnan said...

i wouldnt really comment on this but there are distinctions that need to be made. The generalization was troubling. There are 2 sets of people - 1, the ones you mentioned - who would happily quote him, happy to have known details about him so that they have the best time on Social network sites and allow his ideas to contradict their ways - citing the same contradiction he stood for.
2, Set of people who were truly inspired by him, understand the ideas he stood for - appreciate it truly because they never had that flow of thought [you need some time to get that flow of thought in your head out of experience which he provides readily].

Sometimes you wander thoughtless - pretty much like standing in a desert not knowing the basics you strive for - the route you should take. Thats when some one inspires you. They become your basics. Your basis on ideas.

If you got the point, then you would think on the values, the rules or the flow of ideas he stood for and not his decisions.

As it in his Bio by Walter Isacsson, he says the primary reason for Disney's problem was people thought how would Walt think and not the basics he stood for. Steve didnt want apple to think how Steve thought, for he was against Dogma. You would not want to think how Steve thought, but instead think based on what Steve taught/inspired.
.. dont think like him.

So in the end, there are always 2 sets of people. The one who got it and the one who stopped short of getting it.

Alan Smithee said...

At one of my former employers, the newly promoted director was pained that nobody in the management team understood concepts of management. He proposed to start a book club. Almost all the suggestions were along the lines of "break all rules", "how innovators succeed" and so on. Um, shouldn't you know what the "box" is to think outside of it? Or, if you were an innovator, you'd not be here, because you'd have dropped out of college and developed facebook in your teens. 35+ year guy still living on a monthly paycheck is better off learning and playing by the rules.

Alan Smithee said...

sreekrishnanv, I'd rather not have this argument with you now. I had given you the mac example before and what % of PC market it garners. Today's apparent mac resurgence is due to the decreasing need for interoperability between computers as the internet levels that out and PCs are anyway used only for consuming media. MS Office is still the king when it comes to productivity tools. While we both seem to agree that Steve Jobs is a great manager, where we diverge is how great he is and how much of the future he was able to predict.

sreekrishnan said...

Alan, agreed on where we diverge but i dont think he was a great "manager" in the traditional sense either. All indications seem to point that he had people work for what he thought was great. 'his' ideas were implemented by people who can.

MBA teaches you the opposite. And this is precisely why we disagree on the other.

And to clarify my rant, i just took exception of the generalization of "Inspired by Jobsian formula" people ..

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I agree with the author on the basis that by simply quoting Steve Jobs' quotes we can't claim to have acquired similar characteristics.In fact one must demonstrate those skills before sharing them on any platform.

Hawkeye said...

No you don't need to display any characteristic before you post.

tifosikrishna said...

Few more pages to go before I finish reading his biography and it was amply clear in the first few pages itself that Jobs just couldn't have tolerated a person like me... I was telling my friends that he would have fired me on day ONE, if I had ever got a chance to work for him... and I am no REBEL. But I am awed by his genius and quirky nature and often bug friends(in spite of one of them asking me the same question that you have posed in your post) with his anecdotes...

I am really inspired by Jobs and want to follow some of his principles. But emotions as ephemeral they are, in no time, I tend to do things that are exactly opposite to the favorite Jobs quote that I posted in FB to peter uttufy with my friends..

Is this something I should be ashamed about? Yes & No.
Yes, because, practice what you preach is a virtue that I obviously don't follow.

No, because I have been like this always and so are many of us (to varying degree) and I have kind of got used to it and don't think it is any different with SJ quotes.


Dichotomy between thought and action (underlying point of your post) is prevalent in all of us and there's nothing new to it. I wonder whether you have done your introspection while posting something on vishishtadvaita philosophy and thought about whether you follow it to a T before sharing it with us??

Hawkeye said...

tifsofkrishna,

this is not about 'qualification' to post something on FB. I have militant views against the concept of 'qualification'. you dont need any qualification to say anything - as long as what you are stating something that is factual.

this post was never about that.

tifosikrishna said...

@hawk... not getting you... i thought your ire was against the Common man (more aptly Compliant) masquerading as REBEL by quoting Steve's post, which again is nothing but "sollaradhu onnu... seiyaaraadhu onnu".

Can you please elaborate?

Victor Guerra said...

Hawkeye,
No matter how sharply you criticize people and their thoughts, I like the way you write and your guts to express your thoughts. As a reader, I don't mind whether you are right or wrong but I enjoy reading your perspective of looking at things. This Steve Jobs thingie is such a wonderful interpretation and can't agree more.
Be this way and do write more.