Steve Jobs Was Once A Nobody Too

Inside Steve’s Brain by Leander Kahney

Jobs’s birth parents had made attending college a condition of his adoption, but he dropped out of Reed College in Oregon after the first semester, although he continued to unofficially attend classes in subjects that interested him, like calligraphy. Penniless, he recycled Coke bottles, slept on friends’ floors, and ate for free at the local Hare Krishna temple. He experimented with an all-apple diet, which he thought might allow him to stop bathing. It didn’t.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

How many of those who encountered him in those days would have pronounced him anything other than a loser or a nutjob?

Things change.

(I can’t wait to read the “official” biography of Jobs in a year or two. I really want to see if he goes into the emotional depth of those pre-Apple days.)

2 responses to “Steve Jobs Was Once A Nobody Too

  1. I had no idea about this. Massive street cred for Steve Jobs. If that’s covered in depth in the bio, he’ll be a hero to many. We need more like Jobs, no college, crazy as a barn owl on acid, but got rich regardless!

  2. In “What the Dormouse Said,” Jobs states that his experimentation with acid makes it difficult for other people to fully understand him because of the experiences he had with it. I’m not sure I agree with that. I don’t think it’s necessary to ingest a substance to experience all of the cosmos.