Steve Jobs on hiring “Truly Gifted” people

Steve Jobs on hiring “Truly Gifted” people


Which I? Didn’t know how to explain it then but I thought a lot about it since if you most things in life The Dynamic range between average and the best is it most two to one all right like if you go to New York City [and] you get an average taxi cab driver versus the best taxi cab driver you know you’re probably gonna get to your destination with the best taxi cab maybe 30% faster you know in an automobile. [what’s] the difference between an average and the best maybe how 20%? The best Cd player and an average CD player I don’t 20% so 2 to 1 is a big Big Dynamic range in most of Life in software and it used to be the case in hardware to The difference between average and the best is 50 to 1 maybe a hundred to one Easy ok I’ve very few things in [life] [for] like this But what I was lucky enough to spend my life in is like this and so I’ve built a Lot of my success off Finding these truly gifted people and not settling for B and C players But really going for the a players, and I found something [I] found that when you get Enough a players together when you go to through the incredible work to find you know five of these eight players they really like working with each other because they’ve never had a chance to do that before and They don’t want to work with B and C players and so it becomes self policing and they only want to hire more a players and so you build up these pockets of a players and it propagates and That’s what the Mac team was like. They were all a players and these were extraordinarily talented people, so But there are also people who now say that they don’t have the energy anymore to work for you Mm-hmm, sure [oh] I think if you talk to a lot of people on the Mac team they will tell you It was the hardest they’ve ever worked in their life Some of them will tell you it was you know the happiest they’ve ever been in their life But ank all of them will tell you [that] [is] certainly one of the most intense than cherish experiences They will ever have in their life yeah, they do it, so You know it’s uh some of those things you are not sustainable [for] [some] people