“One of Steve Jobs’ closest friends and business allies has said the former Apple boss’s own self-belief and mindset led him to put off having his cancer treated,” BBC News reports.
“Avie Tevanian said Mr Jobs had a ‘reality distortion field’ – a force of will that helped him get people to achieve the impossible,” The Beeb reports. “That same belief system caused him to refuse conventional treatment for his cancer in the critical early stages after diagnosis.”
“He decided instead to explore alternative therapies and go on a special diet,” The Beeb reports. “Mr Tevanian said: “Steve was an unconventional person and when it came to treating his illness he was very happy to use non-traditional methods. I think he truly thought that through some unconventional means he could cure himself.'”
The Beeb reports, “‘Being Steve, it was easy for him to find people who would agree that it was worth a try. Many of us around him, myself included, his wife and other people were saying: ‘Steve, you know, maybe you should just have some surgery here and get it over with,” said Mr Tevanian, who was chief technology officer at Apple until 2006 and a long-standing friend of Mr Jobs – even organising his stag party.”
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MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote back on October 20th, “What’s done is done. Hopefully the revelation will help save other people’s lives.”
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “dab2” for the heads up.]
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