Steve Jobs Wanted His Children To Know Him

This deepens my sadness about Steve Jobs. Walter Isaacson explains why Steve Jobs allowed a biography to be written about him:

Steve Jobs, in pain and too weak to climb stairs a few weeks before his death, wanted his children to understand why he wasn?t always there for them, according to the author of his highly anticipated biography.

?I wanted my kids to know me,? Jobs was quoted as saying by Pulitzer Prize nominee Walter Isaacson, when he asked the Apple Inc. co-founder why he authorized a tell-all biography after living a private, almost ascetic life.

?I wasn?t always there for them, and I wanted them to know why and to understand what I did,? Jobs told Isaacson in their final interview at Jobs? home in Palo Alto, Calif.

Isaacson said he visited Jobs for the last time a few weeks ago and found him curled up in some pain in a downstairs bedroom. Jobs had moved there because he was too weak to go up and down stairs, ?but his mind was still sharp and his humor vibrant,? Isaacson wrote in an essay on that will be published in the magazine?s Oct. 17 edition?

(HT: Denny Burk)

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  1. […] “Steve Jobs Wanted His Children to Know Him” – Stephen Altrogge notes a quote from the recently deceased CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs, which paints a sad picture of his leadership as a father. Let this be a reminder for us to not invest ourselves too much outside of our family (even for what seem to be the noblest of purposes) and leave our children and spouse as strangers. […]

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