View Full Version : Exellence

01-06-2015, 10:34 PM
I just read an interesting blog post recently called The Steve Jobs Dilemma (http://jordanpearce.com/the-steve-jobs-dilemma/), and it says:

Steve Jobs was a brilliant man. There’s no question about it, he designed and created some of the most amazing and incredible “things” that we use and experience today... In order to create something amazing however, especially at a very large scale, you gotta work... with a team. Steve Jobs was notorious for being an asshole... the reason Steve was an asshole was because he was trying to get across a particular vision, an idea, and share it with the world.

In order to create excellence, a level of excellence must be put into it. The Asshole vibe came into play when people would NOT create at the level of excellence that he asked for, and it would drive him off the walls crazy.

How do you do it? How do you create a shared awareness with those working with you to create excellence? ...at this stage of the game, I don’t have time to be working with people who don’t see the vision.

I like this because it describes exactly how I've felt almost all my life. It doesn't have to concern an invention or some creative endeavor... it can be about how you want to live your life.

Another example is Stanley Kubrick... he always strived for excellence in his films, and like Steve Jobs he also had an asshole reputation.


Stefan Molyneux (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stefan_Molyneux), an atheist anarcho-capitalist, has created some controversy online when he stated that family relationships are voluntary, which they are in my opinion.

Sure, you say, if your parents moleste you then you should break away from them... but Mr Molyneux even says that if your parents thinks/believes in an (to you) important opinion then you should resign from your parents. This is horrific to most people, not to me. And it applies to friends as well.

An example (personally related to myself): If my parents/friends believe in taxation they can no longer be a part of my life. They can still pay taxes (I do), but they cannot like them or approve of them intellectually because then they believe I deserve to be arrested and shot.

What happens if I refuse to pay my taxes, and if I refuse to pay the fines for not paying my taxes? Well the police will come to my door. What if I refuse to be arrested? Well I will be brought to my knees with force, and if unlucky perhaps even with a gun.

In other words if my parents/friends like/approve of taxation then they also approve of ME being arrested and possibly shot. They approve of state sanctioned violence on my ass... in theory.

If a life is chosen to be lived in excellence according to certain standards... for instance like opposing all forms of fascism (like taxation - which is a forced obligation IMO) then why surround yourself with - for you/me - negative forces?


Important point: this thread is about allowing excellence in your life, the concept of rejecting family and friends based on core beliefs/truths and finally how to avoid being an asshole without compromising your standards.

If you want to debate/argue other points in this thread please go to one of these threads instead (or create a new one):

Debate on taxation go here: Distill your taxes (http://forum.alchemyforums.com/showthread.php?1932-Distill-your-taxes)
For anti-Apple related discussion go here: Apple's Broken Promises; rights, taxes and utopias (http://forum.alchemyforums.com/showthread.php?4187-Apple-s-Broken-Promises-rights-taxes-and-utopias)
For pro-Apple related discussion go here: Dreamer Ascends - RIP Steve Jobs (http://forum.alchemyforums.com/showthread.php?2394-A-Dreamer-Ascends-RIP-Steve-Jobs)