Steve Jobs-The Man who is known for beating failures,learning from failures and staying motivated despite of all odds. People who do not know his history will never believe that he was a college dropout.
Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco,California on Feb 24,1955 to a unwed mother who went out to offer him for adoption to his new parents. Jobs grew up in the San Francisco Bey Area.
Steve joined Reed college in 1972, his parents had to invest good amount of money to send him to the college,but he was not interested in the type of education that he was getting at the college, the lectures bored him and he could not connect himself from the learning,He had no idea what he was going to do in life and how the college education was going to help him find the purpose of life.He thought he was just spending the hard earn money of his parents.
Finally he decided to dropout from the college. He was confident that he will be able to work out his life’s purpose by himself.In his own words “looking back it was one of the best decisions that I had ever taken.”
During his early days after drooping out from college Jobs did not had any living room,so he slept on the floor of his friends room.He used to collect and return coke bottles for $ 0.05 deposit to buy food with.He used to walk 7 miles every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the “Hare Krishna Temple”.He loved and enjoined the food.He was really fascinated by the temple , he stumbled into by following his curiosity and intuitions turned out to be priceless later on.
At that time the Reed college offered the world’s best Calligraphy instruction.As jobs was dropped out of the college , so he did not had to attend the regular classes,he decided to join the calligraphy classes and learn the art.He learnt about Serif and San Serif typefaces and varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, he also learnt about what makes great typography great.
Stev Jobs felt that this art was beautiful,historical,artistically Subtle in a way that science could not capture and that was really fascinating for him.
10 years later when Steve jobs was designing the first Macintosh computer,all his learnings came back and he designed it all into the Mac.This was the first computer with beautiful typography. Steve realized that if he had not dropped out of the regular college and dropped in the Calligraphy course following his passion then Mac would have never been loaded with multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced front ends.
While being at college it was impossible for Jobs to connect the dots – He believed that “You can not connect the dots looking forward but you can connect the dots looking backward”.
We have to trust that the dots will connect some where in future .We have to trust in our gut feeling, destiny,life and karma, because this will give us the confidence to follow our heart,even if it leads us to leave the well paid work path and that will make all the difference.
At the age of 20, Steve Jobs was lucky to find what he loved to do in life, Along with his partner Woz he started Apple in his parent’s garage . They worked hard and in 10 years grew Apple from just the two member team working in a garage to a 2 billion dollar company with over 4000 employees.
It was just a year passed when Steve Jobs and Woz had realized their finest creation, the Macintosh . Steve Jobs had turned 30 years of age when he was fired from Apple.
The question is how can someone be fired from the company that he himself started ?
– In words of Steve jobs-
” As Apple grew I hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, all went well for the first year,but then our vision of future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did the Board of Directors sided with . So at 30 I was out from the company I started ,and,Very Publicly Out.”
This incidence led loose Jobs focus of his entire adult life,he thought every thing was finished.This was really devastating . At this point of time Jobs was not able to figure out,what to do for the next few months.He felt that he had let down the previous generations of entrepreneurs. He considered himself to be a public failure and even thought to run out of the valley.
But, still somewhere in deep heart he still kept loving what he did.The events at Apple did not changed him even a bit.
Jobs decided to start over,It was not seen at that point of time ,but, getting fired from Apple was the best thing that Could have ever happened in his life. He was suddenly relieved from the heaviness of being successful and he felt very light ,just like a beginner who was less sure about everything.Now he was free to enter one of the most creative periods of his life.
During the next five years he started a company named “Next” and another company “Pixar”.During this period , Jobs felled in love with an amazing women and married her.
Pixar went on to create the World’s first computer animated feature film, Toy Story,and that went out to be the most successful animation Studio in the world.
Later on Apple bought Next, and Jobs returned back to Apple.
In words of Steve Jobs, “I am pretty sure none of these would have not happened if I haven’t been fired from Apple” According to Jobs it was like an awful tasting medicine, but the patient needed it to get well.
Steve Jobs has given great philosophy regarding death –
At the age of 17 Jobs had read one Quote that – “If you live each day as if it was your last day,Someday you’ll must certainly be right.” This quote had such a great impact on his life that every morning he will not forget to look into the mirror and ask himself “If today were my last day of the life,would I want to do what I am about to do today?” and whenever the answer has been “NO” for many days in a row, he will decide that he needs to change something.
One day Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. His doctor advised him to go home and get his affairs in order, this was the doctor’s code for him to prepare to die. Jobs lived with that diagnosis for the whole day and later in the evening he underwent biopsy. The result of the biopsy stated that Jobs having a very rare tumor that could be treated by surgery. He underwent the surgery and got well.
Thus he escaped death nearly…………..
According To Steve Jobs- :
“No one wants to die,even people who wants to go to heaven ,don’t want to die to get there, and yet death is a destination that we all share.No one has ever escaped it . Death is very likely the single best invention of life.It is life’s change agent,.It clears out the old to make way for the new.”
“Our time is limited, so we cannot wast it living someone’s else’s life.We should not be trapped by dogma,which is living with the result of other people’s thinking.”
“don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice.Most importantly we need to have the courage to follow our heart and intentions,they some how already know what we truly want to become.” Everything else is secondary…………………….