He gave up Christianity at age 13 when he saw starving children on the cover of Life magazine. (AP) * He was returning from an apple farm on one of his fruitarian diets when he chose the name of his company (AP) * He told John Sculley (the former Pepsi exec who ousted Jobs) that if he hadn't started Apple (AAPL) he might have been a poet in Paris (Huffington Post) *He told Barack Obama he was headed for a one-term presidency (Huffington Post) *He offered to create Obama's ad campaign but became annoyed because Obama's strategist David Axelrod wasn't sufficiently deferential (HuffPo) *Gates was fascinated with Jobs but found him "fundamentally odd" and "weirdly flawed as a human being" (HuffPo)
Oddly, Mooney didn't include this nugget:
He [Jobs] came to regret having delayed surgery when his cancer was first diagnosed -- turning instead to fruit juices, acupuncture and herbal cures, some of which he found on the Internet.
Anyway, Mooney goes on to write:
I've been thinking a lot about Apple's success, and the Jobs phenomenon, from the perspective of the study of human personality. And I'm willing to bet that Jobs was a person who would have scored very high on the trait Openness to Experience"“fractious, rebellious, innovative, intellectual, unconventional, determined to change the world and be noticed.