Steve Jobs had unwavering confidence.
I finally finished reading/listening to Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs. There are so many things I have learned from reading about the life of the Apple founder and CEO.
One thing, though, stands out: his confidence.
Jobs was able to focus on a clear goal with a specific vision for what a product should do and look like. He didn’t doubt himself or the direction they were going. When someone convinced him to change his mind, it would be as though he never disagreed in the first place.
That confidence was so strong that he was able to get team members at Apple to do things they never thought possible of themselves. Elon Musk has a similar ability to do this today in Tesla and SpaceX.
Isaacson refers to it by the name Jobs’s colleagues used to call it: “reality distortion field.” But I think we could simply call it unwavering confidence.
People want to be led by someone who knows where they are going. If they see doubt, then they slow down and doubt themselves, too.
Jobs was determined and focused. His confidence was contagious.