Why Was Steve Jobs So Eager to Have a Biography Written?

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was a busy guy. He worked like very few on earth are capable of down to his last few months. His work never stopped, and Apple was, and always will be, his baby.

Difficult, however, is often juggling your family life with your work life, especially when you are always, always on call.

Walter Isaacson, who was personally contacted by Jobs to write his biography spent a lot of time with him. It’s likely that they grew somewhat close over the course of the interviews. At the very least, they were probably on a first-name basis.

That’s why the following story, is a great one:

This is just one of the many experiences Isaacson had when interviewing Jobs (via MacRumors). It was near the end of his life, and Steve knew his time was coming to a close. Isaacson, in an attempt to shield his emotion from Steve, asked Mr. Jobs, who was a notoriously private person, why he had opened up so much to him.

Here’s the piece:

“A few weeks ago, I visited Jobs for the last time in his Palo Alto, Calif., home. He had moved to a downstairs bedroom because he was too weak to go up and down stairs. He was curled up in some pain, but his mind was still sharp and his humor vibrant. We talked about his childhood, and he gave me some pictures of his father and family to use in my biography. As a writer, I was used to being detached, but I was hit by a wave of sadness as I tried to say goodbye. In order to mask my emotion, I asked the one question that was still puzzling me: 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? “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.”

Steve Jobs’ biography is due October 24th, 2011.

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