When Steve Jobs official biography was announced, everyone wondered why the notoriously private Steve Jobs would let Walter Isaacson, the author, interview him over 40 times, let Isaacson talk to family and friends and pretty much have unprecedented access to Jobs' entire life. Turns out Jobs had a very personal reason.
Isaacson saw him a few weeks before Jobs passed and finally asked him that very question, "Why had he been so eager, during close to 50 interviews and conversations over the course of two years, to open up so much for a book when he was usually so private? Steve Jobs responded:
"I wanted my kids to know me," he said. "I wasn't always there for them, and I wanted them to know why and to understand what I did."