I never worried about money. I grew up in a middle class family, so I never thought I would starve. And I learned at Atari that I could be an okay engineer.
I was voluntarily poor when I was in college and India, and I lived a pretty simple life when I was working. So I went from fairly poor, which was wonderful, because I didn't have to worry about money, to being incredibly rich, when I also didn't have to worry about money.
I watched people at Apple who made a lot of money and felt they had to live differently. Some of them bought a Rolls-Royce and various houses, each with a house manager and then someone to manage the house manager. Their wives got plastic surgery and turned into these bizarre people. This was not how I wanted to live. It's crazy. I made a promise to myself that I'm not going to let this money ruin my life.
Time decided they were going to make me Man of the Year, and I was twenty-seven, so I actually cared about stuff like that. I thought it was pretty cool. They sent out Mike Moritz to write a story. We're the same age, and I had been very successful, and I could tell he was jealous. So the editors in New York get this story and say, "We can't make this guy Man of the Year." That really hurt. But it was a good lesson. It taught me to never get too excited about things like that, since the media is a circus anyway.
Raskin said, "He's a dreadful manager. I've always liked Steve but I've found it impossible to work for him. Jobs regularly misses appointments. He acts without thinking and with bad judgment. He doesn't give credit where due. Very often, when told of a new idea, he'll immediately attack it and say that it is worthless, and tell you that it was a waste of time to work on it. But if the idea is a good one he will soon be telling people about it as though it was his own.
I became an instant fan of Steve Jobs by reading it without using any Apple product in my life. Now, I want to use iPhone purchased through my income.
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