One week before the first Macintosh computer was supposed to ship, Steve Jobs’ engineers told him they were running behind and could not make the deadline. On a very uncomfortable conference call, the engineers explained that they would need an additional two weeks’ work before it was ready.
Jobs responded calmly, explaining to the engineers that if they could make it in two weeks, they could surely make it in one. There was no real difference in the timeframe, and, more importantly, they’d come this far and done such good work, there was no way they would not ship January 16th, the original ship date.
Jobs’ expectations and insistence continually pushed his engineers past what they thought was possible. The engineers rallied and made their deadline.
Early in life, Steve came to find that reality was a collection of falsely hemmed-in rules and compromises that people had been taught as children. Through continued practice, Jobs came to develop a much more aggressive idea of what was or wasn’t possible. To him, the combination of vision and work ethic could make much of life malleable.