Serious: not joking or trifling; being in earnest
Here’s a simple truth about Steve Jobs. He took things very seriously.
Every task; every word; every presentation; every-thing. Though he made his presentations fun, you got the distinct impression that they were very important to him. He took them seriously.
Where did this come from? Where did this trait, and this practice, come from?
I have read the first couple of chapters of the new Steve Jobs book by Walter Isaacson. (I hope to present my synopsis at the January First Friday Book Synopsis). This paragraph grabbed me. When he was six or seven years old, he told a girl who lived across the street that he was adopted.
“So, does that mean your real parents didn’t want you?” “Lightning bolts went off in my head, according to Jobs. “I remember running into the house, crying. And my parents said, ‘No, you have to understand.’ They were very serious and looked me straight in the eye. They said, “We specifically picked you out.’ Both of my parents said that and repeated it slowly for me. And they put an emphasis on every word in that sentence.” (emphasis added).
We will spend a lot of time, and read a lot of pages, trying to figure out what made Steve Jobs Steve Jobs. But there is little doubt as to what he was. He was a serious, curious, creative one-of-a-kind multi-hit wonder. I’ve long thought that curious and creative were the critical traits. I think “serious” might be the trait I had not yet grasped, or seen… It might be the true foundation for all the other traits. (But, I’ve got a lot more to read…).