Biography of Steve Jobs: Three Stories of Success, Incidents that Inspired Steve
Three Stories of Success
Apple Company’s founder, CEO and Chairman, Steve Jobs had always listened to his heart, done everything according to it and obtained such level in the world which others can only dream of. Steve had told 3 success stories of his life. He was telling the students present at the convocation of Stanford University on 12th June 2005. These stories aren’t just stories but the life-spells required for taking a common person on the peak of success. Anyone can touch the sky by reading them. Given below are Steve Job’s stories in his own words:
I had come to Reed College for my graduation but I left the college after 6 months. Although I remained here for another one month, later I left my studies. I had a goal for coming to Reed College. Decision for my graduation was taken before my birth. My biological mother was a young and unmarried college student and had decided to give me to someone else. She had a thought that the couple who adopts me should be a graduate and it was decided before I was born that an advocate couple would adopt me. But when I was born they refused to adopt me as they wanted to adopt a girl. After this, my present parents were on second number, who were asked at midnight if they want to adopt a boy.
They said yes but when my biological mother got to know that the couple weren’t graduate, she refused to sign on the adoption papers. Later, she agreed on a condition that my guardian parents would send me to college. To follow that condition, I went to college after 17 years but I deliberately chose an expensive college like Stanford and all the saved money of my parents started depleting. After 6 months, I started feeling that education had no real value and I didn’t know what I had to do in life and how would this college’s education help me in life. Here, I had finished all the saved money of my parents.
So, I decided to leave the college and kept the belief that everything would be alright. At that time, this decision seemed very scary but later this was counted among the good decisions of my life. After leaving the college, the constraints on me to attend the classes were removed. I had no room to live. I used to sleep on the floor of my friend’s room. For good food, I went to the Hare Krishna Temple by walking miles every Sunday. In those days, the best calligraphy education was given in Reed College. Posters in the college premises were beautifully calligraphed. I wished to learn calligraphy. As I no longer had to go for graduation classes, I entered the calligraphy classes.
Here, I learnt about various typefaces and felt that this art is more beautiful and attractive than any science. There was no chance of its use in my life but when I designed my first Macintosh computer after 10 years, I applied all of this knowledge in it. This was the first computer with so beautiful typography. Today, I feel if I hadn’t done this course, then multiple typefaces on Mac would not have been so beautiful. When I was in college, it was impossible to join these points by looking in the future. But after 10 years, when I look back, everything seems so clear that you can never join these points by looking in the future. You can only do so by looking at your past. So, you have to believe that whatever is happening today, in the future, this will link in your life through some way or the other.
I was lucky that I already had knowledge of whatever I had to do in life. I had begun the story of Apple at my garage and I was 20 years old then. We did much hard work and in the next 10 years, Apple started by 2 people only, became a company of 2 billion dollars and 4,000 workers. Then, we had made our best product Macintosh. Just one year prior to this, I had celebrated my 30th birthday and after this I resigned from the company.
You must be thinking that when I had started the company then how I could resign. But there is a story behind this. As Apple Company started expanding, its arrangement became more and more difficult. So, I kept a more intelligent person to run the company. For one year, everything went well but in the later years, disputes kept increasing regarding future plans and a fight took place in the end. After our fight, Board of Directors took his side and I came out of the company at 30 years of age. The one on which I had spent my everything, was gone now and this was extremely disappointing.
Even after some months, I couldn’t decide what to do. I thought I had disappointed the entrepreneurs of first generation. When I was given the wand, I dropped it. I met David Packard and Bob Naayas and tried to show them grief. I had failed completely. Once I even thought to escape to Silicon Valley but slowly I started realizing how things work. Now I liked everything what I hadn’t liked earlier. No change came in Apple during this. So, I decided to have a fresh start.
During the next 3 years. I started companies like ‘NEXT’ and ‘PIXAR’ and I fell in love with a beautiful woman, who later became my wife. Pixar made the very first computer animated film ‘Toy Story’ and today this is the world’s most successful animation studio. Further, due to an unusual incident, Apple bought NEXT and I again came in Apple. The technique which we had developed in Next had proved as the cornerstone for the second life of Apple. With this, my and Laurene Powell’s family expanded. I firmly believe that if I hadn’t resigned from Apple, then whatever is happening now would not have happened. This was a bad and bitter medicine but it was extremely important for the patient of that time. Sometimes, you have to stumble in life, but don’t lose hope.
I believe that the thing which had continuously kept
me operational was the love towards my work. You have to find out in your lives which work you love. This thing is as important for work as it is for love. Your work is something that fills a big void in your life. Thus any condition to do a great work is to love it. If you don’t know about it, then find it. In all matters related to the heart, you will get to know that when you find it. As time passes, your relation with it becomes better. So, don’t stop and continue searching for it.
When I was 15, I had read a statement – ‘If you live everyday of your life as your last day, then one day you will definitely be proved right’ and this had affected me. In the 33 years of my life, I have every day seen myself in the mirror and asked if this is my last day, then will I do each and everything which I have to do and when the answer was a ‘no’ for many days, I realized that I need to change something. I made ‘death’ as the most important tool while taking the biggest decisions of my life as all hopes, pride, fear of failure and consternation end in front of death and what is left is important.
I believe that if you realize that you are going to die, then all your fears of losing anything end. Similarly, when you are already nude then there is no reason for your not listening to your heart. About a year ago from today, I got to know that I have cancer. The tests were done at 7:30 in the morning in which it was clearly shown that there is a tumour in my pancreas. I didn’t even know what is pancreas. Doctors told me that my cancer is incurable, its treatment is impossible and I am just a guest of 3-6 months. Doctors advised me to go home and settle my house, i.e. I should get ready to die. They also asked me to do all those works which I had decided to complete in the next 10 years, so that my family faces least problems, i.e. I should bid good bye to everyone. Whole day passed in these testings and I returned in the evening. Doctors said that this is a cancer which can be treated through surgery. My surgery took place and fortunately I am fit and fine and in front of you.
I had never gone so close to death before this, and I hope will not go for some decades now. After seeing all this, now I can say with a firm belief that death is an ideal situation. No one wants to die. Even those who want to go to heaven, do not want to die, still death is a destination where you have to go. No one is spared from it and this should happen because probably death is the biggest invention of life. Only death changes life and removes the old and opens new path. You may be now young but not for all time. You too will become old after some time and you will have to cross this path. This is a truth, your time is limited. So, do not waste it by living someone else’s life. Do not involve in useless thoughts and never live your life according to others. Do not let your inner voice suppress under the noise of other people’s thoughts. Your heart already knows what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary. A wonderful publication named The Whole Earth Catalogue used to be there when I was young. A man named Stuart Brand had published it, who wasn’t much far from there. In my generation, this catalogue was read like Bible. Stuart had made it quite vivid by giving it a poetic form. There were no computers at that time. The whole inventory was made with the help of Tanken machine, scissors and polaroid camera. It was somewhat like Google has been made in the form of a book, that too 35 years before Google. That catalogue was an ideal, filled with good things and great thoughts. Stuart and its team published many editions of it. When its last edition was published, a village was shown on its cover page and below it was written:
“Stay hungry, stay foolish”. This was probably their farewell and last message. I have always wished for it and now when you all are passing from here, I hope from you also to “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish”.
This means, never think you have achieved everything and known everything. Always, stay hungry for education and remain foolish for knowledge.
LIfeline of Steve Jobs
1955 Born on 24th Feb.
1972 Went to Reed College, but left after 6 months.
1976 Along with high school friend Wozniak, started Apple Company in a garage.
1977 Established the company along with a group of investors.
1980 Apple Company went to stock market and started their shares.
1985 Resigned from the company due to ongoing disputes with the CEO – John Sculley.
1986 Established ‘Next’ Company.
1996 Apple sequestrated ‘NEXT’.
1997 Steve came back to Apple, which was facing loss.
1998 Apple Company started gaining profit.
2000 Became the CEO of Apple.
20001 iPad was launched for sale.
2004 Surgery took place due to cancer in the pancreas.
2007 Apple gave i-phone in the market.
2009 Steve came back after liver transplantation.
2011 iPad II launched on 2nd March.
Resigned from the post of CEO on 24th August. He left this world on 5th Oct.
Incidents that Inspired Steve
Sometimes certain incidents occur in such a way that they settle in a person’s mind in an indelible manner and the person does something new on being inspired from them. Even in Steve’s childhood, certain incidents occurred that left an impression on him and decided the outline of his future. Such kinds of incidents are mentioned here.
Once, Steve Jobs had gone to his ancestral village along with his mother and father. There, he had his ancestral dairy farm. Steve didn’t like village life but Steve saw a cow giving birth to a calf in that dairy farm. Calf started running after a few hours of its birth. Steve got serious on seeing his activeness. He thought that a human child never gets active so fast. A person has to learn before doing anything. Steve thought that there is an engine in the animal’s body which becomes active on brain command. Steve later named this action as computer’s hardware and software and a revolutionary machine like computer was made.
Steve was naughty during his school days. One of his friends, Ferentino, was very naughty too. Both did mischiefs together. Teachers were tired of them. As a result, one of the teachers, Emojen Hill started keeping an eye on Steve. One day she called him and very lovingly gave him a maths assignment booklet. She said, “Steve, you can take this home.” She showed a lollypop packet and said, “If you solve these questions then not only this packet, you will also get 5$ for spending” She also said, “I know you will solve them.” After 2 days, Steve returned that booklet to his teacher in which most of the questions were correct. After a few months, Steve didn’t require bribe. His mischiefs ended, his interest towards studies increased. Teacher’s inspiration worked. Actually teacher had seen there is something special in Steve. There was just a need to encourage him. Later Steve accepted that if his teacher had not handled him, then probably he would have been in jail.
The colony where Steve Jobs lived in his childhood was built by Ichlar. This builder had built around 11,000 homes in the California division from 1950 to 1970. These houses were very beautiful, inexpensive and had all facilities. Ichlar had made these houses on getting inspired from thinking of a social reformer who had dreamt of providing inexpensive houses to the society. Ichlar had fulfilled his dream. Steve was greatly impressed due to the design, beauty and availability of these houses at low cost.
So, Steve also dreamt of making a company in the future. He thought he will make such products which will be unique in design unrivalled in beauty and will be so simple and inexpensive that every section of the society will be able to buy them. In the later years, establishment of Apple was the result of this dream.
Steves father had started Steves internship from childhood itself. Steve’s father worked by buying and selling old cars but he changed the design and parts of those cars and made them valuable. He was adept in designing. He saw things in a subtle way. He properly arranged even those parts which normally remained covered. Steve had learnt the lesson of craftsmanship and designing from his father. Steves father had kept some tools on a table in his garage and made it in the form of a cabin. He used to say, “Steve, this is your workshop.” Later, Steve started Apple Company in this workshop and designed his products in a way that no one could match them.
Steves Jobs in the Eyes of People
Steve Jobs could only see 56th springs of his life. He suffered from cancer. Thus, he left this world on 5th Oct, 2011. The news of his death spread like fire in a forest. Everyone said something or the other for him. Presented here are the outpourings of certain individuals:
- People like Steve Jobs can only change this world. —Damitri Medvedev, President of Russia
- Steve Jobs was one of the greatest personalities of modern world. He changed the way of living. —Ratan Tata, Indian Industrialist
- He was really an inventor. He taught us the new way of communicating and contacting one other. —Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister of India
- There have been very few people in this world who have marked an impression like Steve. Its effect will remain on the coming generations as well. I am one of those fortunate persons who got the opportunity to work with Steve. —Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft
- Steve Jobs is one of those great American inventors who had the ability of thinking differently and had a belief that they can change the world and who had the ability to fulfil his dream. What can be the biggest tribute to Steve’s success that this, as a big portion of the world got the news of his death through some or the other gadget developed by him. —Barack Obama, former President of America
- Steve Jobs was a great person of remarkable achievements and wonderful talent. He had the talent of expressing in a few words how we should think. —Larry Page, Founder Of Google
- Steve Jobs was my friend. The things he made have the ability to change the world. I will also feel his absence. —Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook
- Steve Jobs will always be remembered for his remarkable contribution in the world of technology. H e set the history of technology by bringing revolutionary changes and brought this world together. —Anna Hazare, Social Servant, India
- Steve Jobs believed in the values of excellence, innovation and making people happy. I thank God for making him. —Anand Mahindra, Industrialist, India
Steve Jobs at a Glance
Name: Steve Paul Jobs
Famous name: Steve Jobs
Birth: 24th Feb. 1955
Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, America
Biological Father: Abdul Fattah Jandali
Biological Mother: Joanne Schieble
Guardian Father: Paul Jobs
Guardian Mother: Clara Jobs
Address: Palo Alto, California, America
Wife: Laurene Powell
Son: Reed Paul Jobs
Daughters: Eve Jobs Iren Jobs Lisa Brennan
Sisters: Mona Simpson VeddiJobs
Death: 5th Oct., 2011
Religion: Buddhism (Converted)
- In the year 1982, Time Magazine had given the title.
- ‘Machine of the year’ to the Apple computer made by him.
- Got the ‘National Medal of Technology’ of America in 1985.
- In 2007, Fortune magazine gave the title of ‘Most Powerful Man’ in industry.
- Forbes magazine chose him as ‘The person of the year’.
- Got the Grammy award of music industry.
And in the End…
There are certain people in the world who do not like to fail at any turn in life. They don’t walk on others’ path but on the path made by them. They show the world that there is nothing difficult. Seen in black T-Shirt and jeans, Steve Jobs was a son of an unmarried mother. A college dropout, Steve created havoc in this world of technology. It was Steve only who started from a garage and made one of the successful companies Apple’ and changed the world of personal computers, music and mobile. He is not with us today but there are very few people in this world who could match him. Bringing revolutionary changes through technology, Steve became an ideal for the coming generation.