A Lesson on Life, Fatherhood From Steve Jobs

Nick Bilton passes it along after the birth of his son
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2015 10:00 AM CDT
A Lesson on Life, Fatherhood From Steve Jobs
A 2005 file photo of Steve Jobs.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

The birth of his son has Nick Bilton thinking about the lessons he'd like to pass along, and he relays one in the New York Times courtesy of the example of Steve Jobs. It begins when Jobs had lunch with a mutual friend, and he twice sent back orange juice because it wasn't up to his fresh-squeezed, no-pulp standards. When the friend asked why Jobs was being so difficult, he responded that if their waitress was going to be a waitress, "then she should be the best." Prickliness aside, the lesson resonated with Bilton: "No matter what you do for a living, should you do the best work possible?"

He was reminded of it again years later as his mother was dying, and she requested a plate of her beloved shrimp from her death bed. Bilton raced out to get some. "Certainly, the men and women who worked at that little Thai restaurant in northern England didn’t know that when they went into work that evening, they would have the privilege of cooking someone’s last meal," he writes. But it proves Jobs' point, one Bilton intends to teach his son: No matter how small your job may seem, do it the best you can. "It can have a profound effect on someone else’s life; we just don’t often get to see how we’re touching them." Click for his full column. (More fatherhood stories.)

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