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Steve Jobs probably wouldn't get hired today, says first boss

Some of our clients are people with a vision for starting their own business. Since we work with many entrepreneurs, we know that the lengthy process of making your dream a reality can be frustrating and discouraging.

Recently, we read an interview with Steve Jobs' first boss. We thought we might relate portions of it here as a reminder not to give up.

Jobs started working at Atari in the 1970s when he was 19. His boss at the time, Nolan Bushnell, recalled that Jobs' personality was so abrasive that he eventually told Jobs to work nights so that he wouldn't rub any more people the wrong way.

Bushnell said he did not just fire Jobs because he could "see something" in Jobs. Behind his iconoclasm and quirky nature was a visionary waiting to bloom.

Jobs, of course, went on to march to the beat of his own drummer at Apple, which he resurrected from a practically moribund state and made one of the world's wealthiest, most-respected companies.

Bushnell wrote a book that will be released soon about Jobs' innovative-if-hard-to-accept way of thinking. His position is that U.S. companies are too narrow-minded and conformist and that if we really want to innovate and change the business landscape, we need to be more open to new ideas.

We thought this might be a good thought for Bay Area entrepreneurs to keep in mind. If it seems like things are not going your way right now, remind yourself that maybe the world just is not ready for your idea -- yet.

Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel, "Steve Jobs' first boss: 'Very few companies would hire Steve, even today,'" Michael Liedtke, March 28, 2013

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