He added, "I even thought about running away from Silicon Valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me. I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. And so I decided to start over. The day after Labor Day, , Jobs dialed up a former colleague and together they launched a new computer company, NeXT. Jobs also launched Pixar Animation Studios. He still had a chip on his shoulder. He made a point of learning how to be a great businessman.
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The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter into one of the most creative periods of my life," he said. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did.
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In short, in , the 30 year old Steve Jobs lacked both the emotional maturity and business discipline necessary to successfully run a company like Apple. He could certainly have contributed great ideas on the product side — and Apple's struggles over the next decade showed how badly the company needed these ideas.
But once the power to dictate Apple's decisions and direction was stripped from him, Steve was no longer happy at the company. This would have been vastly easier said than done.
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In fact, after reading Isaacson's stories about Jobs' behavior in those days, it seems unlikely that anyone could have effectively managed Jobs. A decade later, when Steve Jobs returned to Apple, he had matured emotionally and acquired the management skills and leadership discipline that he had lacked at age And he had kept some of the innate skills and traits that allowed him to inspire teams to produce such excellent products.
That combination, we all now know, was unbeatable: In Steve's last 13 years at the company, Apple accomplished more than anyone could ever had dreamed of on the product side. It also became the world's most profitable and valuable company. And Steve's leadership was critical to both. Those who find Steve Jobs' accomplishments as inspiring as I do might view the reality of his departure from Apple in as a criticism — a knock on Steve's much-deserved legend. But it isn't a knock. It actually makes Steve's story even more inspiring.
Steve wasn't born with those skills.