“The tendency it creates to evaluate people as a means to an end, rather than an end in themselves. If you compared me to my identical twin brother, and heard how carefully he analyzes whether he might have hurt anyone’s feelings in a meeting at the EPA, you’d see how the pressure to hit $100M in less than seven years changes someone.”
— Glenn Kelman answering ‘What do you like least about being an entrepreneur/CEO?’ and other questions. I agree with him completely on the answer above and am grateful that he was able to articulate it.
Interview with Steve Jobs in 1985. His answer is so interesting when viewed with the knowledge of the past 25 years. Next time things don’t go my way I will reference this interview and know that the end of the story is not yet written.
Q. How did you react when you heard the board’s decision? These were people that you knew and worked with for a long time.
A. Oh, yeah. I mean in my wildest imagination, I couldn’t have come up with such a wild ending to all of this. I had hoped that my life would take on the quality of an interesting tapestry where I would have weaved in and out of Apple: I would have been there a period of time, and maybe I would have gone off and done something else to contribute, but connected with Apple, and then maybe come back and stay for a lengthy time period and then go off and do something else. But it’s just not going to work out that way. So I had 10 of the best years of my life, you know. And I don’t regret much of anything.”
A video about a sons love for his father.