Steve Jobs was known for his bold vision, but that kind of success doesn't come without taking any risks.

Jobs co-founded Apple and brought the company back to life after he briefly left, saving it from crashing. That meant making hard choices and going with decisions he wasn't sure were going to work out.

Jobs' history at Apple is full of them, and Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli document them well in their new book "Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader." 

He went with his gut and hired John Sculley.

Jobs made plenty of hiring decisions that didn't work out, but his big bet on John Sculley might have been the riskiest. Jobs convinced Scully to come to Apple in 1983 and believed he would be the right Fortune 500 executive to help him lead the company. But, despite Scully's experience at PepsiCo, it turns out there were a lot of things Scully didn't understand about Apple's business, as Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli write in their book. It didn't end well. 



Then he tried to get Sculley fired when things didn't work out. Ultimately, that move backfired on Jobs.

When Jobs' relationship with Sculley didn't turn out like he had imagined, he planned to get him fired. He told his closest confidants that he intended to oust Sculley over Memorial Day weekend while Sculley was in China. But Jean-Louis Gassee, Apple's director of European  operations at the time, ratted on Jobs. The whole board turned against him.



He created a commercial for the Mac that was so controversial that it only aired once.

Apple's "1984" commercial may be one of the most famous ads in history. Jobs didn't even let Apple's board see the ad until the day before the Super Bowl in 1984, and they were horrified, according to Schlender and Tetzeli's book. They even sold one of their ad blocks so that the commercial only appeared once. 



He priced the original Macintosh pretty high even though it wasn't very powerful.

Although the first Mac received rave reviews and was brilliantly engineered, it was underpowered. "In fact, the original Mac did just about everything at a glacial pace," Scheldner and Tetzeli write. But that didn't stop Apple from pricing it at $1,995, which is part of the reason sales for the first Mac weren't too great. 




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