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One of the world’s most famous CEO’s, Steve Jobs has literally changed the world. Steve Jobs is co-founder of Apple computer and has transformed personal computers and music consumption. Jobs also co-founded and served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios. His visionary work has changed the way we see technology today. Jobs brought Apple from plummeting losses to profitability by 1998. Most of Jobs’s life has been kept private to the world — wife and family, illegitimate daughter, father who gave him up for adoption, long lost sister — until he began exposing his personal life in the years following up to his death. A biography, written by Walter Isaacson, chronicles Steve Jobs’s life as an adopted child, father and business man.
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In 2003, Steve Jobs was diagnosed with cancer (pancreas neuroendocrine tumor). Months after the diagnosis, he called biographer Walter Isaacson and invited Isaacson to write about him. Jobs decided to open up about everything from his feelings about being adopted to his yet-unfulfilled plan to revolutionize television sets. The handpicked biographer, followed Jobs through his greatest battles with cancer, on through to the months before his death. Shortly before Steve Jobs died, he told Walter that through this book “I wanted my kids to know me.” According to Steve Jobs biography book, “I wasn’t always there for them, and I wanted them to know why and to understand what I did.”
Walter interviewed more than 100 people in the biography on Steve Jobs, including Jobs’s friends, family, co-workers and competitors. In more than 40 interviews with Steve, Walter wrote about detailed accounts of Jobs’s transformative innovations with the Apple II, the Mac, the iPod and the iPhone. He also delves into Steve Jobs leadership, youth, his battle with cancer, his relationship with his biological parents, and his straightforward feelings about his competitor’s mediocre abilities.
Clara and Paul Jobs, a working class couple from Mountain View, California adopted Steve Jobs at birth. The family sought after a child to adopt when they were unable to have children of their own. Steve Jobs’s biological father said they had no choice but to put the baby up for adoption because, “his girlfriend’s family objected to their relationship.” Both his biological parents, Joanne Carol Schieble and “John” Jandali Abdulfattah were university students, and they were unmarried at the time. Unbeknownst to Jobs, his biological parents would marry, have a second child in 1957, and divorce in 1962. Later in Jobs’s life, he met his sister, Mona Simpson.
A defining moment came when Jobs was a young child, a friend from across the street told him that adoption meant he was unwanted. He was devastated and ran back to his parents, who then assured him that he was specifically chosen. Life became a bit easier for him, “From then on, I realized that I was not – just abandoned. I was chosen. I was special,” said Jobs. He always knew he was adopted and it had a profound impact on him. Ciara and Paul (Steve Jobs’s adopted parents) later adopted a daughter, Patty. Paul made a living as a mechanic and carpenter and taught his son electronics. His father demonstrated how to take electronic items apart and put them back together. Steve Jobs developed an interest in technical tinkering, but the interest in engineering was well hidden. “He (Jobs) really wasn’t interested in getting his hands dirty. He never really cared too much about mechanical things,” said Paul.
Steve Jobs grew up in Silicon Valley and was later swept away by the excitement over technology while in high school. When Jobs was growing up, a neighbor down the street worked as an engineer for Hewlett Packard. The neighbor put out a carbon microphone out front of his home for the kids to play with. Jobs gained an interest in how ones voice could be amplified. He showed his father the device and a debate over technology began; ultimately, resulting in developing his interest in technology. Inspired by the device, Jobs began to get to know his neighbor and developed a greater appreciation and understanding of technology.
Jobs was considered a prankster and his fourth-grade teacher remembers having to bribe him to study. Jobs’s intelligence was beyond his peers and he tested so well that administrators encouraged his parents to allow them to skip two grades and enter into high school. His parents quickly declined and let him skip only one grade. In high school, Steve Jobs met his neighbor Bill Fernandez, the two shared similar interests in electronics. Bill introduced Steve Jobs (age of 16 years old) to Steve Wozniak (age of 21 years old) in 1971. That year Wozniak invented the Apple I computer. Wozniak showed it to Jobs, who suggested that they sell it.
In 1974, Jobs took a job working in Los Gatos, California as a technician at Atari, Inc. Jobs was assigned to create a circuit board for the arcade game “Breakout”. Steve Jobs worked with Wozniak on the design. The two men joined in partnership in 1976 when they formed their own business “Apple Computer Company” (In a remembrance of a happy summer spent picking apples for work). Amongst their first line of products was circuit boards. Jobs, Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne worked together and sold the computer system in the garage of Job’s parents house. They received funding from Mike Markkula, Intel product-marketing manager and engineer.
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In 1983, Jobs lured John Scully to serve as Apple’s CEO. Power struggles between the two began; resulting in, Scully removing Jobs from his managerial duties as head of the Macintosh division. In a 2005 commencement speech Steve Jobs gave at Stanford University he stated, “the heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life. I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple.”
After leaving Apple, Steve Jobs began NeXT computer. The NeXT computer was used by Tim Berners-Lee on August 6, 1991 to publish the world’s first website on the World Wide Web. The development took about one year and it wasn’t until 1993, when the web’s browser Mosaic was released that allowed the web to get off the ground. Jobs told reporters, “Interpersonal computing is going to revolutionize human communications and groupwork.” In 1997, NeXT joined Apple and used NeXT Computers software “WebObjects” (released in 1996), a framework for web application development to build and run the Apple Store, MobileMe services, and the iTunes Store. Apple computer bought NeXT for $427 million. This deal brought Jobs back to the company he co-founded. Appealing designs and powerful branding have proved to work successfully in sales strategies. Many who have worked with Jobs, have dubbed him as a demanding perfectionist; this mentality has proven to only help the company achieve great results.
During the 2005 Harvard speech, Jobs opened up about three stories of his life’s success, failures and drew from some of the most pivotal point in his life. He urged graduates to pursue their dreams and to see life’s setbacks as opportunities — including death itself. Jobs said during his commencement speech, “No one wants to die, even people who want to go to Heaven don’t want to die to get there, and yet, death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life.” Jobs quoted, “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” He encouraged the graduating class to pursue their dreams and not let deterrents stand in the way of their success.
In August of 2011, Steve Jobs resigned as the CEO of Apple. He choose to stay as company chairman of the board during his health battle. Jobs regretted waiting nine months to have an operation to remove cancer from his pancreas, he said “I didn’t want my body to be opened. I didn’t want to be violated in any way.” Biographer Walter Isaacson commented that, “I think that he kind of felt that if you ignored something, if you don’t want something to exist, you can have magical thinking. It’d worked for him in the past. He regretted it.” It was too late, the delay allowed the cancer to spread to surrounding tissues, resulting in Steve’s death. On October 5, 2011, Steve died of respiratory arrest related to his metastatic tumor.
His death was announced by Apple Board of Directors, in a statement which read:
“We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.
His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.”
Steve Jobs has been widely referred to as “legendary”, a “visionary”, a “futurist”, and many have described him as being the “Father of the Digital Revolution”, a “design perfectionist”, and a “master of innovation.”
Adoption is a great option and has proved to have helped Jobs’s life. He has shown that demanding great potential from yourself (and others), can prove to help you achieve greatness. Despite not being with his biological parents, it worked in his favor when the right family was found to adopt him. The love he got from them, gave him the comfort and support he needed to make it to the top. Sometimes it’s the way we view things that can set us back. Jobs choose to view his adoption as a special gift; therefore, it helped him not be bitter. Steve Jobs has shown what it takes to rise above and become victorious!
You too can live victoriously!
Notes & References:
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12. Pepitone, Julianne (October 6, 2011). “Steve Jobs: The homepage tributes” (Web). CNN. Archived from the original on July 10, 2012.
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