Study Shows That If You Hate Steve Jobs, Then You Secretly Hate Yourself

Derick David

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Confucius says,

“If you hate a person, then you’re defeated by them”

Part of the popular dislike can be attributed to sheer ignorance, and the other part could be due to the pop fashion of iconoclasm. Those who may profess their dislike will no doubt ignore the fact that Steve Jobs, almost on his own, revolutionized six industries that have been widely regarded as the most powerful combination of creativity, technology, and liberal arts.

Products ranging from personal computers, animated films, music services, phones, tablets, and digital publishing. The world as we know it has an indelible mark in his contributions.

Hatred is a language by the small-minded people who want to appear like they have something to say about technology, while they’re just repeating the same misinformed information and plain assumptions over again. Their Apple hatred is the one thing they all can agree on and it makes them feel nice, comfortable, and warm inside.

The truth is, this act doesn’t make the people who hate any better and it just renders them more toxic when it comes to character and personality.

The sad truth is that if you succeed, most people will hate you, even if they don’t say so.

The bystander effect is what happens when other people see you chasing the dream while they’re letting their dream fade and die. I’m inclined to believe that people who hate on other people’s successes actually hate themselves more.

People hate you because you are wealthy or healthy and because the average person knows they need to be wealthier and healthier. People who always look down on those who are superior to them are inferior. They can’t accept the truth that someone has achieved greater milestones in life than them.

People will always have reasons to hate Steve Jobs. If they can’t find one, they will invent one. Just look at Donald Trump! They despise the fact that he often gets credited for things that other people have done by the media and the fact that Jobs really was an ***hole to most of the people he dealt and worked with during his career.

For example, people constantly talk about how Jobs was one of the most innovative minds of our time, and most people credit him for inventing the iPad, iPod, iPhone, and the iMac. While, in reality, the original concepts for those products came from someone else.

Well, I’d like to say Jobs’ made those products more personal, more usable, and more marketable in an order of magnitude that people actually want to buy them. In a way, he did the original creators a big favor.

Steve Jobs has no doubt made bad decisions, but on top of that, he also made great decisions and achieved incredible results.

Jobs’ early years at Apple weren’t particularly exciting. When he took effective control of the company in 1997, annual revenue was $ 9 billion and by 2001 it had dropped to $ 5 billion. Out of necessity, he laid off large numbers of people, cut the product line, and hired a few designers to build a series of low-end computers with mediocre performance but fun to own.

Apple also designed a laptop that looked like a toilet seat. The engineers then came up with a series of high-end systems that helped the company maintain its base of traditional graphic artists. The walls around the apple garden have been repaired, but for four years all Jobs could accomplish was help Apple hold about 4% of the PC market and remain a lovely but slightly odd rarity on the market.

The difference is that you are taking steps to make it happen, while the average person is consumed with fear, envy, and frustration.

The general public and the media, disregard the fact that Jobs wasn’t a coder nor an engineer, and had a very basic understanding of circuity. He wasn’t an artist and the ideas for most of Apple’s products came from someone else. Instead of giving recognition to guys like Tony Fadell or Andy Hertzfeld, we over glorify Jobs and shower him with undeserved praise for his so-called “inventions”.

Some people are good cogs in the machine and some are good at seeing the bigger picture. Steve Jobs made things happen using his vision and imagination and he gathered talent and resources to transform it into a reality. Can the engineers do that? Probably not.

Despite all of these, Jobs deserves every all the credit for running Apple, and for turning it into the company that it is today. The genius doesn’t only revolve around the hard dirty work, but also on leadership, strategy, and creativity.

Pablo Picasso even once said,

“Good artists borrow, great artists steal.

Does that mean it’s okay to steal? It depends on your purpose or your mission. The ability to steal is an artform itself that allows you to think outside the box. If you have a goal to achieve, sometimes you have to do what means necessary to achieve it.

How did Jobs do it? What has changed?

The reason he has developed a bad reputation is that he has often behaved cruelly, aggressively, and irresponsibly towards his employees. Numerous incidents of his behavior have been documented. These are just facts and if you want people to write nice things about you, don’t be a bully to those who are weaker than you.

Especially in public and around other people. There are no doubt Jobs was like that, however, it’s not a strong reason to show hatred towards him. Why you should anyway? Instead, we should look deeper into his motivations and reasons for why he did such.

Once you look and think you’ll understand that he’s doing it because he wanted to make Apple successful badly. Which he managed to do successfully as we are now seeing the results of what he planted.

Popular hate can be attributed to sheer ignorance and due to the pop fashion of iconoclasm

Genes have undeniable quirks. It is their idiosyncrasy that sets them apart in their thoughts and vision. This is rare and easily misunderstood. In Steve’s case, this led to his teammates, rivals, friends, and fans to express despair and anger. His personality and his products were deeply intertwined. One cannot selectively appreciate one without appreciating the other.

We know that every human being who has done something great has followers and enemies. Even Gandhi and the Pope have haters! The reason for the hatred may be partly due to envy. Jobs changed the way he did business. He created a company that is one of the largest and most valuable in human history and not many people can do that. Jobs personally, wasn’t great, he was terrible, but he expected a lot from his employees.


People who express hatred towards Steve Jobs fail to see the bigger picture, so they hate someone who has done greater things than them. They fail the understanding of the true beauty of genius and a leader. People also hate him because many people and aspiring entrepreneurs, after making him their role models, are of the opinion that cruelty and megalomania are the key attributes for running multi-billion dollar companies.

What they don’t realize is the fact that simply emulating Steve doesn’t do things. And that you can also run a billion-dollar business by keeping your cool and having a proper work ethic, like Tim Cook.

Every human being who has done great is hated by many and he who hasn’t, is loved.

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