Inspiration from Steve Jobs
Estimated Lesson Time: 3 minutes
Steve Jobs (1955–2011) was the co-founder of Apple Computer Corporation who became a multi-millionaire before the age of 30 by revolutionizing the computer industry.
Success begins with passion. Steve would begin his journey by joining the Homebrew Computer Club where he met Apple’s other co-founder, Steve Wozniak.
Success is seeing what others fail to see. Jobs is best known as a visionary, who was able to see the development of the PC industry long before its actual development. In fact, his electronics teacher at Homestead High, John McCollum, recalled he was “something of a loner” and “always had a different way of looking at things.”
Success is surrounding yourself with talent and skills that you lack. Jobs knew that Wozniak was a much better engineer than he. Jobs kept his focus on the marketability of the product.
Success is seeking good advice. Jobs received marketing advice from a friend, who was also a retired CEO from Intel, who helped Jobs and Wozniak with marketing strategies for selling their new product.
Success is putting it all on the line. To start their new company, Jobs and Wozniak sold their most valuable possessions. Jobs sold his Volkswagen micro-bus and Wozniak sold his Hewlett-Packard scientific calculator, which raised $1,300 to start their new company.
Success is a result of meeting the needs of others. Apple’s most successful computer, the Macintosh, had an interface that allowed people to interact easier with computers because they used a mouse to click on objects displayed on the screen to perform some function. The user-friendliness of the product made it an instant success.
Success is not without setbacks. In 1985, after being ousted from a position of power in his own company, Jobs retired as chairman of Apple Computer. This was a devastating blow to the young visionary, but a necessary step in his success.
Success is not without subsequent failures. Jobs formed a company called NextStep and planned to build the next generation of personal computers that would put Apple to shame. It did not happen. After eight long years of struggle and after running through some $250 million, NextStep closed down its hardware division in 1993.
Success is in the person, not the event. Steve Jobs later founded another company called Pixar Animation Studios. Pixar was founded in 1986; The company has won many awards, including 6 Academy Awards for Finding Nemo, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story, and Monsters, Inc.
Success is making amazing comebacks. Eleven years after Jobs was ousted from a position of power at Apple, they rehired the former co-founder in hopes of turning the company around. When Jobs returned, he succeeded and was responsible for one of the most astonishing turnarounds in US history.
[Sources: http://www.biography.com, http://www.askmen.com]
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