Why Steve Jobs Wanted an Official Biography Written About Him (It's for His Kids)

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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."

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With all the things Jobs did in his life, it's nice to see his heart was in the right place at the end. [Time via Poynter]

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You know another way your kids could find out about you? Spend time with them and talk to them.

I'm saying this without knowing anything about his personal life aside from "Lisa" being born some time in the 80s. But still, that's not why you need an autobiography. It is because you are a narcissist (not insulting him here, just saying it) who wants everyone to know about him.

The kids excuse is lame and trite.