The author suggests that entrepreneurs, like Jobs, aren’t worth being idolized.
In 50 years will you remember Steve Jobs? According to Malcolm Gladwell, author of “The Tipping Point,” no one will.
In a recent talk at the Toronto Public Library’s Appel Salon, Gladwell said that Jobs, the late Apple co-founder, will likely be forgotten for his contributions to the technology industry. The author suggests that entrepreneurs, like Jobs, aren’t worth being idolized.
Gladwell does, however, think that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will be remembered, but for his philanthropy not entrepreneurship.
.. “[W]e need to be clear when we venerate entrepreneurs what we are venerating,” said Gladwell. “They are not moral leaders. If they were moral leaders they wouldn’t be great businessmen. So when a businessman is a great moral leader, it is because they have maintained their conscience separately from their operations.”