Steve Jobs: From a College Dropout to Writing the Future of Tech
Education seems to be very important.
It is quoted that “Education is the most powerful weapon which can cause you to change the world”. – Nelson Mandela.
But is it true?
Is it true that only education can make you successful?
Or having too many degrees in life will make you the richest and the most successful person?
Well, education is important, but not more than PASSION and LOVE for what you want to do.
Many people get enough degrees, just for the sake to have a stable life or to start over with a normal job.
But is this what you wanted?
Is this what you are passionate about?
Let's continue further, with a story of a man, who was not only passionate for his work but was also a dropout of college, he is none other than STEVE JOBS- THE MAN WHO REVOLUTIONIZED THE FUTURE OF TECH.
Being the co-founder and CEO of APPLE INC, Steve has changed the face of technology.
Steve Jobs says, “If you are working on something exciting that you care about, you don't have to be pushed, The Vision Pulls You.”
ABANDONED AND WELCOMED
Family is not bound to share the same blood if there is love between them, nothing else matters.
This is what happened with Steve.
His biological mother, Joanne Carole Schieble put him up of adoption when he born on 24th February 1955 in San Francisco.
She went through many couples who wanted to have him as their child. She wanted his child to have educated parents, as she was a graduate. Due to which she chose one couple, but at the last moment, they demanded of a girl.
Then came, Paul and Clara Jobs, who wanted a boy, and liked him.
But meeting to the requirements of his biological mother, they didn’t have the college education.
After the Jobs family, promised to have the college education, in front of the court, only then Joanne agreed for adoption.
And, thus this child became STEVE JOBS.
Paul and Clara Jobs fulfilled every necessity of being good parents.
They also provided him with proper education.
Steve learnt a lot of things from his parents.
He used to help his father building up a fence around their family home in Mountain View.
One of the major success philosophy he learnt from his father was by building a fence, where he said that “You’ve got to make the back of the fence that nobody will see, just as good looking as the front of the fence”.
This idea got stuck in the mind of Jobs.
PASSION WAS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EDUCATION
It is said that, if you desire to achieve something in life, which you love to do, and you are passionate about it, Success will follow you on its own.
Having degrees in certain fields doesn’t limit your ability to think and learn more, out of the box.
Steve, from childhood, was more into electronics. When he was 10, he befriended many engineers who lived in his neighbourhood.
Before he joined the school, his mother Clara taught him how to read.
Steve felt that due to this reason, he was kind of bored for the first few years and occupied himself by getting into troubles.
Monta Loma Elementary was the school he joined. In school, he became famous for playing off pranks.
However, his pranks got quite dangerous when he was in 3rd standard.
Due to which he was sent back to home many times.
But his parents never scolded him, as his father said to the school, that “If you can’t keep him interested, then it’s your fault”.
Jobs stated, that when he was in 4th grade, his teacher, Imogene Hill helped, in turning him around as she would say "I want you to finish this workbook, and if you do so, I will give you 5 bucks".
This was something which kindled the passion in Steve for learning new things.
According to him, she only cared for him in the class, as she saw something in him.
Learning is a part of life, as in every step you are learning something new, so one should not limit himself from learning.
And, this what kept Steve going on.
Following the year 1968, when he was 12, he was given a summer job at Hewlett- Packard in Santa Clara.
He was surprised, as he had just called them for some spare parts for building a frequency counter.
But they ended up giving up a job as well.
According to Steve, He was in Heaven.
With the help of his father, Steve was able to get his first car, Nash Metropolitan.
Later, as time passed, he grew up and enrolled himself in REED COLLEGE.
He wanted to study Physics, Literature and Poetry.
After 6 months passed, Steve got bored with the classes. He couldn’t see the value of spending his parent’s savings on this college.
Steve was not into taking the required classes, but he liked being at the college.
He had no idea what he wanted to do in his life, and also he had no idea how college would help him to figure this out. And, therefore he decided to Drop out.
But this was not a jolly ride.
He didn't have a dorm room, so he used to sleep on the floor of his friend's room.
He used to return the coke bottles for 5 cents to buy food.
Not only this,
he used to walk 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal at the Hare Krishna Temple.
Steve quoted in Stanford University that “It was pretty scary at that time, but looking back at it, this was the best decision he ever made”.
By dropping out, he stopped taking the required classes which didn't interest him, but instead, he began dropping in, on those classes that interest him.
And thus, he joined a course on Calligraphy.
He says, that “if he had never dropped in that calligraphy class, the personal computers might not have the typography that they do now”.
“You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something” – Steve Jobs.
TWO STEVES FOUNDED THEIR APPLE
You must be wondering that, who is the other Steve mentioned here, apart from Steve Jobs?
Another Steve mentioned here is, Steve Wozniak.
He, along with Jobs is the co-founder of Apple.
He also developed Apple 1 and Apple 2.
Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak met through a friend.
Wozniak says, “It was 1971 when a friend said, you should meet Steve Jobs because he likes electronics and he also plays pranks.
So he introduced us. We both loved electronics and the way we used to hook up digital chips”.
Wozniak and Steve used to do a lot of pranks together.
And, with having the same interest in electronics they became the closest friends.
Inspired by the article in Esquire in 1972, (Esquire is an American’s men magazine)and the story of Ron Rosenbaum's "Secrets to the little box", which describes how the hackers' have found ways to make long-distance calls, inspired Wozniak to do something like that.
And, yet he made THE BLUE BOX.
You must be wondering what a Blue Box is.
Well, a blue box was a small device used to hijack the old analog phone systems for free calls. It worked by producing certain tones that were used in the telephone system to switch long-distance calls. Once you made a long-distance call, you could use the box to enter operator mode, then use it to route your call as you wanted and to wherever you wanted, all for free.
To build this, they sneaked into Stanford's University's library for some technical support from books.
Later they bought all the required parts. He made improvements to the device, by being in his dorm.
Initially, they used a blue box just to make prank calls. But later, Jobs came up with an idea, that they could build more and sell these. And, thus they started selling it for $150.
Steve said, that “If it hadn't been the blue boxes, there wouldn't have been an apple, as Woz and I learned how to work together, how to solve technical problems and actually put something into production”.
Later, in 1973, Wozniak designed his version of the classic video game Pong.
After finishing it, Wozniak gave the board to Jobs, who then took the game down to Atari Inc.
Nolan Bushnell, the CEO of Atari, found something in Jobs. He said that "Steve was pricky, that's why I liked him". That's the reason why he gave him a job as a technician for $5 per hour. Everyone in that office considered him as a ‘hippie' and wanted him out of the company. But as Nolan was impressed with him, he got to stay.
In 1974, Steve was eager to make more money. Along with that, he wanted to fill some hole, which he was trying to fill. And, for that, he came to India. He came to India, to find enlightenment through ascetic experience, deprivation and simplicity.
He used to meditate and study Zen Buddhism, Hinduism. He spent around 7-8 months In Kainchi Dham Ashram in Nainital, Uttarakhand.
While coming back to his normal life, Steve had figured that he has found a way for enlightenment.
Later, in 1976, Wozniak was developing something, which they didn't know, have a life-changing impact.
He developed a computer in the garage of Jobs Los Alto's home. This product was called APPLE 1. Jobs was so impressed with this product that he suggested to sell it.
Wozniak said that “Every time I decided to build something great, Steve would always find a way to sell it”.
And, hence they decided to build a company of their own.
With $1300 saving, design of the product, and a mind-set of a plan, they were ready to take up this challenge.
“Two best friends starting their own company”.
Why the name APPLE?
The name Apple was decided after Jobs returned from the All One Farm commune in Oregon and told Wozniak about his time spent in the farm's apple orchard.
Also, the word, APPLE, signalled friendliness and simplicity.
As APPLE 1 became famous among people, Wozniak developed APPLE II in 1977.
They both introduced this product at the West Coast Computer Faire.
It was the first consumer product sold by and was one of the first highly successful mass-produced microcomputer products.
Success was reaching its height.
With this success, he says that “We are here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise, why else be here?”
And, with that confidence, Jobs worth became over $1 million in 1978 when he was just 23 years old.
This didn’t stop here.
As this grew to over $250 million by the time he was 25.
He was also one of the youngest "people ever to make the Forbes list of the nation's richest people.
APPLE became a company, which was continuously seeing success.
“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night and saying we’ve done wonderful, that’s what matters to me”. – Steve Jobs.
‘JOBS’ FELL OUT OF THE APPLE TREE
Steve Jobs, was now, no more a random personality working in a garage, but now he became the face of a technological revolution.
With the continuation of APPLE’s success, Steve met John Scully, who was the CEO of Pepsi.
Steve considered him as the perfect person, to be hired for being the CEO of APPLE. He tried to convince him a lot. He said, “‘you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?”
And, with this, John Scully was the new CEO of APPLE in 1983.
Being the new CEO, Scully noted that Steve had an insatiable curiosity and obsession to change the world. He had very strong motives to do so.
Over the next few years, Apple shipped new computers featuring innovative graphical user interfaces, such as the original Macintosh in 1984.
Apple's marketing commercials for its products received widespread critical acclaim.
However, the high price tag of its products and limited software titles caused problems, as did power struggles between executives at the company.
Steve Jobs and John Scully, bean to have some struggles in confronting their opinions. As they both started to have different ideologies for company.
Scully believed that ‘Steve was hurting Apple’, as the sales started contracting. And, thus, the board of directors also sided with Scully.
And thus, Jobs was pushed out of his ‘own’ company, and thus he left Apple in 1985.
With this, in an interview, Steve said, “I hired the wrong guy, Scully destroyed everything that I have built for the past 10 years”.
He felt, that he had let down the generations of entrepreneurs.
And thus, he became a public failure….
JOBS, BACKING UP THE GAME
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet. Keep looking, don’t settle”. – Steve Jobs.
The turn of events might have bowed him down for a bit, but it didn't let him fall out of his love for his work.
Something which kept him going on was his love for what he did.
And, thus he decided to start fresh.
He says that "the heaviness of being successful was now replaced with the lightness of being a beginner again”.
Following his resignation from Apple in 1985, Jobs found NeXT Inc.
This was another computer and software company. It unveiled its product, the NeXT Computer in 1988.
In 1986, Jobs bought PIXAR, earlier known as the Graphics Group from Lucasfilm for $5 million.
PIXAR saw uncomplicated highs. The 1st film produced by Pixar, with its Disney partnership, was a TOY STORY. In this movie, Jobs was credited as an executive producer.
With amazing and successful years, he had gotten after getting away from Apple, Jobs also managed to find the love of his life.
He got married to Laurene Powell, in 1991.
Looking back at the event, Steve said “All these wonderful things would've not happened if he wouldn't have been fired from Apple. It was an awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it”.
In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought neXT in 1996, for $400 million. And, thus Steve Jobs returned to APPLE with NeXTSTEP technology.
Under his guidance, Apple regained its sales significantly, with the introduction of iMac and other new products.
Thus, the business once grew like blossoms.
On May 19th, 2001, APPLE opened its 1st official retail stores in Virginia and California.
And, by October of the same year, APPLE debuted the iPod, a digital audio player.
This product was 1st sold on November 10th, 2001.
It was phenomenally successful with over 100 million units sold in 6 years.
Later in 2003, came Apple's iTunes store. It offered online music downloads for $0.99cents. iTunes store became the market leader in online music services with over 5 billion downloads until June 2008.
In 2007, in an event, Jobs anointed APPLE COMPUTER INC would be now known as, APPLE INC.
This event also saw the announcement of iPhone on Apple TV. The company was able to sell 273 sin iPhone units, during the first 30 hours of sales.
iPhone is considered as the ‘Game-Changer’ for the Apple Industry.
END OF THE ROOT WHICH BEARED THE ‘APPLE’ FRUIT
Steve read a quote when he 17, which had a great impact on him, it was “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right”.
This quote made an impression on his mind. Since then, he everyday looked into the mirror and asked himself, that ‘if today was the last day, would I want to do? What I am about to do today?” Whenever the answer was no, he knew he had to change something.
Steve was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004. He was scanned, and tumours were found in his pancreas. At that time, he didn't know what pancreas was.
He fought like a warrior for 7 years with the diagnosis of cancer.
Dealing with surgeries, coping up with his health mentally and physically, having a liver transplant, so much pain he had undergone with, but still, he inspired many.
Battling with this health issue, on August 24th 2011, Steve announced his resignation as the APPLE CEO, he stated to the board that,
“I’ve always said if there ever came a day, when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as the Apple CEO, I would be the 1st to let you know, but unfortunately, that day has come”.
Remembering that you are going to die, is the best way to avoid the trap of thinking that you have something to lose.
With this note, on October 5th 2011, STEVE JOBS died at his Palo Alto house in California.
STEVE JOBS, was not only a compelling public speaker but also a person who managed to sell his products gracefully.
He knew what the customer wanted before they even knew themselves.
He was Artistic, Technical, and Business Minded.
He is the one who nobody will ever forget.
He sowed Apple, which is continuing to bear fruits, till now.
He believed that “people who are crazy enough to think, that they can change the world, are the ones who do”.
And with this,
STEVE JOBS LEGACY WILL REMAIN IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER…
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