Steve Jobs was one of those thinkers who dive deep into their products and focus on their path even on a vacation. Tony Fadell, the inventor of the iPhone and the iPod, revealed on a recent episode of "The Tim Ferriss Show," that the Apple boss even used to bombard Apple staff with his new ideas even when he was off the clock. Fadell said:
Steve would be on vacation and he would be pondering [...] the next product, the next direction for Apple, new technologies. He used that vacation as a time to expand his thinking and get outside of Apple's day-to-day.
Fadell says Jobs' vacation was tough for many employees as he would distract them from work with conversations about what the company should do next:
He would start thinking about, 'Oh, let’s go buy a music company' or 'Should we go and do this kind of product?' 'What technology would it take to achieve this?'. You would be like Google to him.
After leaving Apple, Fadell joined Google, but Jobs' habits would still follow him. For instance, he admitted that Jobs' advice to spend a couple of hours away from his desk per day improved not only his productivity, but also his personal wellbeing.
There’s a way to do it – to be high-performing, do amazing things, but to also give yourself the right amount per day, as well as per year, of time off and time to think.
Steve Jobs founded Apple on April 1, 1976. On October 5, 2011, he died of respiratory arrest related to the tumor at age 56.
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