“It’s better to be a pirate than to join the Navy”. This quote was made by, and perfectly summarizes a man, whose unconventional genius and refusal to conform, to the status quo gave the world, one of the most iconic creations that we have today.
We’ll be examining the life and times of Steve Jobs today. Steven Paul Jobs was born on February 24, 1955, by Joanne Schieble, who gave him up soon after for adoption. After a brief struggle, Steve was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs. From a tender age, it became obvious that, Steve was a very special and academically gifted child, often described as being the smartest person in the room. When he was ten, Steve had forged a strong passion for electronics, and already established strong relationships with all the engineers, in his neighborhood. Growing up, he loved the humanities, but also appreciated electronics. One day, however, he came across a quote made by Edwin Land of Polaroid, whom he idolized about the importance of being able to combine the humanities, and electronics. There and then, Steve decided that was what he wanted to do.
Jobs and Wozniak long time friend and partner, Steve Wozniak founded Apple Computer Company, and invented the first Apple computer primarily out of a desire, to create something different from the mainstream computers available then. This tendency to break glass ceilings, and come up with something different would later become one of the, cornerstones of Jobs’ philosophies. The first and second Apple computers were huge successes, bringing significant wealth and acclaim, to Steve Jobs and the Apple Computer Company. Jobs later began making plans for the development of a Macintosh computer, promising that the computer would be unlike anything else ever seen. The Macintosh initially did well, but sales tanked shortly after. Before long, Steve Jobs was forced to leave Apple, the company he had founded.
Determined to try again, Steve Jobs founded NeXT Inc. with 7million dollars. Soon after, he was running out of money, and without a product in the pipeline. However, this was his u-reka Moment. Steve Jobs used his time at NeXT, to come up with several innovative and technologically advanced products, that soon established him again as a force to reckon with.
Jobs came back to Apple, after Apple bought, and took over NeXT. He went from strength to strength from there, starting with the introduction of the innovatively designed iMac. He was also instrumental in the creation of iTunes, iPod, iPad, and the ultra-successful and famous iPhone. Jobs was described as a marketing genius, and played a major role in the establishment of Apple’s reputation, as a luxury brand due to his keen perfectionist nature, and eye for creative detail.
From humble beginnings, to the pinnacle of computing and technology in general, Steve Jobs’ journey is a fascinating tale of triumph over adversity. His story motivates people to stay true to their dreams, and never give up, no matter how tough things get.