The life story of Steve Jobs – an inspiration for everyone. Image Courtesy – Flippen Group
Steve Jobs was the world’s largest entrepreneur and successful businessman; simultaneously he was the Co-Founder of Apple. Steve Jobs was also one of the world’s top-grade Motivational Speakers. He has been an all-time inspiration to the people. Despite so many difficulties in his life, he never lost his tenacity and lived up to his goals.
The early life of Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs was born in California on February 26, 1955. The struggle began as soon as he was born. His mother was not married then, so his mother refused to keep him with her.
Steve was then adopted by his mother and later adopted by Paul and Carla Jobs, who lived in California. Both of them belonged to the middle class and their financial condition was not so good; still, they admitted Steve in a good elementary school named Monta Loma. Steve Jobs’ parents wanted a better upbringing of Steve, so they met all of the needs of Steve.
The Monta Loma school community was a vibrant young community in the early 1960s. Steve was very intelligent and love to make things like an engineer from his childhood. Very often he could be found building many electrical kits like crystal set radios.
After completion of the school, his parents admitted him at Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, which was the most expensive college at that time. His parents had to work hard day and night due to expensive college fees, yet they were not able to collect the fees.
Seeing his parents in distress, Steve started selling Coldrinks. As he had no money to eat, he would walk 7 miles to a Hare Krishna temple and eat free food there. In spite of doing all this, he could not afford to deposit his college fees and hence he decided to leave this college.
After leaving college, Steve thought of pushing the business plan that has been already running in his mind. Steve started doing technical work with a college friend named Stephen Gary Wozniak. Steve came to India with his Reid College friends in 1919 for spiritual enlightenment. Then he went to the ashram to meet Neem Karoli Baba, but after going there he came to know that he had died a year earlier. Steve then decided to meet Harikan Baba and he began to live according to Indian traditional customs. He shaved off his head and started wearing Indian clothes.
Spending a few days in India, he moved to the US again and in 1976 he built the Macintosh operating system in his father’s garage. Steve wanted to build Apple Computer to sell the operating system. But due to the lack of money, he could not start this work. Later he received funding from engineer Mike Markkula and Intel and began work on his project.
Steve started the company named ‘Apple’ at the age of 20 years in 1919. Mike Scott was recruited as Chief Executive Officer of Apple in 1978. Due to the hard work of Steve and his friend Wozniak, the company which started from a small garage became a company of $2 billion and 4 thousand employees.
But Steve could not achieve this feat for a long time. During a 1985 board meeting, Apple’s board decided to remove Jobs from all of his roles except as president. In this meeting, Steve Jobs was appointed head of the Macintosh division and removed from his duties.
Apple’s popularity started to decline after Steve was removed from the company. Steve was removed from such a company which Steve had built with his hard work and dedication.
But, Steve did not give up after being fired from the company and within a few years, he founded a new company, Next Ink, which was aimed at making software. The Next Ink gradually started to achieve good results, but by then Apple was drowning in a huge loss. Apple’s director then proposed Steve to join again. In the year 1969, Steven accepted this proposal and joined Apple again and he was then made the Chief executive officer.
When Steve Jobs came back into the company, Apple used to make 250 products. But after Steve’s arrival, they started making only 10 products because in his opinion the quality of the product should be better than the quantity of the product.
Steve and the company focused their attention on making 10 products. In 1979, they launched the I-Pad in the market, which became very popular. After that, the company did not look back and started making computers, laptops, smartphones. After this great achievement, the company reached a good level. The credit goes to Steve Jobs who worked hard for the success of this company.
Award to Steve Jobs
Due to their hard work, Apple Company was given the title of ‘Machine of the Year’ in the year 1972.
Some of the awards he received are given below:
1985 – He received National Medal of Technology with Steve Wozniak.
1987 – He has been conferred with Jefferson Award for Public Service.
1989 – He received Entrepreneur of the Decade award by the Inc. Magazine.
2007 – Steve Jobs was being described as the “most powerful person in business” by Fortune Magazine. He was admitted into the California Hall of Fame situated at the California Museum for History, Women and the Arts.
2012 – He was conferred with the Grammy Trustees Award. The award was given to them who influence the music industry, the area that is independent of performance.
2013 – This year he received the award as a “legend of Disney”.
Death of Steve Jobs In 2003, Apple’s founder Steve Jobs was diagnosed with cancer. Jobs did not pay much attention to himself and continued to work for the company’s growth, so he could not even get his treatment. He died due to cancer on October 5 2011. But even today, he is an inspiration to all of us and he is still alive in the heart of the people.