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Steve Jobs on career lessons learned

Steve Jobs, one of the greatest visionaries in tech, faced a few devastating career setbacks of his own. In this interview, he talks about one.

Steve Jobs, arguably America's most successful chief executive, has died at the age of 56. He is being referred to as tech's greatest visionary and one of the most charismatic, brilliant and energetic people in the world. So it's ironic that Jobs was once forced out of Apple, the company he co-founded in 1976 with his high-school friend Steve Wozniak. But as we all know, 12 years later, he was asked to come back. I think Jobs' life and career offers some valuable lessons for those tech pros out there who have been let go from their jobs and who can't seem to find a way to bounce back.

In this partial video from a 2003 interview he did with 60 Minutes, Jobs talks about his own situation and how he felt about going back to Apple. (He also answers the dreaded "What's your biggest strength/weakness?" question with his customary poise.)

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

4 comments
Englebert
Englebert

...he founded must have hurt terribly. And by someone he himself recruited, must have compounded that hurt. Yet he bounced back, taking his beloved Apple to incredible heights. Steve Jobs and Apple. What a story.

skykeys
skykeys

I am disappointed that the "come on" title of the article is in no way indicitive of the sparse information that Jobs talks about in that very short piece. It's an example of "all sizzle and no substance". As compared to Apple and Steve Jobs, which are/were about "sizzle that matched the substance". R.I.P. Steve Jobs.

sermic
sermic

Sure, there are arrogant people all around us all of the time. Even we can be arrogant or appear arrogant to others, especially in IT. However, I think this is only one small example of challenges people face in life (work or personal). It doesn't really say anything about one's career choices except for his being fired and rehired later.

mmmmpsi
mmmmpsi

I couldn't agree more, this is very lackluster. I get a lot of email in a day and am selective in which articles and links I choose to go to. I was very excited to get some inside information on lessons learned to put towards my life and career and this is garbage.