Originally Posted by SolipsismX
Yes and no. There are so many ways to interpret a "one of a kind" comment. Is Steve Jobs one of a kind? Sure, just as we are all as there are two lives no matter how seemingly similar that are exactly the same.
People do come up short not realizing they are one of a kind too.
However there are surely plenty of others out there that have the right kind of intelligence and ability to focus that helped make Jobs such a brilliant business man. There are also plenty of others out there that have the right kind of mindset that helped make Jobs such a brilliant business man I'm sure there are a lot more than a few. The latter sentence focuses on nurture and the former on nature.
People only need to open their eyes, there is nothing unique about Steves intelligence. Not everybody used their intelligence to build a company like Apple, but intelligence isn't measured by the size of the company you build.
On thing I never see get considered is how important a role luck plays in our historical heroes. Perhaps we want to feel like we have complete control over your destiny in life. I know I was taught as a child that I can be anything when i grow up. I know it's simplistic statement but I can see how it could be devastating for a child that has a certain desire that can never get fulfilled.
Luck has little to do with success. When you look at successful companies locally you often see one man driving that success. The importance of that individual driver can not be underestimated, one often sees such companies go into rapid decline after that driving force is removed.
Frankly this is where a lot of concern over Apple was expressed when Steve passed. It is a really big question, will the new leadership have a vision that is capable of sustaining the company.
For better or worse I doubt more of the world's children are taught that lie as most are born into poverty, live in poverty, and die in poverty. When you're primary focus in life is to find safety, shelter and/or food you don't have little to no time for self-actualization. It's quite possible that the most brilliant minds this planet has ever seen have never been realized because they neve had the opportunity. Bad luck all around.
I fail to see what poverty has to do with anything discussed here. Many a wealthy person has failed to make a success of himself. Given a big enough trust fund you can fail repeatedly. Being successful is more about having the tools to navigate the social world and the ability to realize concepts that end up valued by the general population.
I wonder what Steve's life would have been life had be born in another state or country? I think the opportunity for the first consumer PC company would have been lost.
Apple the company wasn't alone back then. In fact one could say they didn't even have the best product at the start. Further in the early years Apples success was driven as much by Viscalc as by consummers. That one app pulled Apple ahead of many of the other consummer directed computer companies back then.
Your statements here make me wonder if you where even around in the early days or if you even read BYTE magazine back then.
If he had been raised by his biological parents with his biological sister? I think it's possible that his drive to change the world would have been mitigated had his upbringing been less rocky. All we can do is speculate and people can claim that there is no starving child in some impoverished nation that outthink Einstein, and they might be right, but the odds are certainly not in their favour.
I really don't know where you are getting all of this crap. Successful people come from all sorts of backgrounds. More so many people with extraordinary minds came from backwater countries often from meager means.
Deleted your useless new age pyramid.