Steve Jobs on Design, Life, and Inspiration – Full 60 Minutes Interview with Walter Isaacson

As you may know, Walter Isaacson was interviewed on 60 Minutes last night about his three dozen interviews with Steve Jobs prior to his death. The book, Steve Jobs, comes out today. Below is the full interview split into various parts. My thoughts below, enjoy!

Part 1:

Part 2:

The Steve Jobs Family photo album:

What did Steve Jobs say about his rivals?:


I found two particular inspiring points from this interview:

  • On being ‘chosen’ – Steve mentioned that he believes he was ‘chosen’. Whether it was due to his foster parents telling him this when he was young or for other reasons, I believe this mentality contributed largely to Steve’s success and confidence. It’s amazing how infectious confidence and belief in oneself can be when it comes to achieving goals.
  • Painting the backside of the fence – Isaacson mentioned that when Steve was a child, his foster dad had taught him to not only paint the front of the fence where people can see it — but to also be sure to paint the back of the fence. This was to be true to oneself in completing the entire job as opposed to doing a half-ass job. This principle is particularly evident in Apple products – beautiful internal engineering with impeccable exterior appeal. Or you can think of it as a song with deep, meaningful lyrics as well as a beautiful melody and beat.

In addition to these two points, there’s much more to absorb from these videos (and I’m sure from the book as well). These are just two inspiring points that hit home for me. I think we can all try to live life with confidence as if we were ‘chosen’ and to be sure to also paint the back of the fence in business or in personal life. Thank you Steve for all your contributions to this world.

What other lessons did you gain from the interview? Share!

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