Life of Steve JobsMay 24, 2022
Steve Jobs comes to mind when you ask anyone about a famous entrepreneur. His success in business and technology inspires many even after his death. Job’s entrepreneurial story shows resilience, courage, and sheer determination; additionally, attention to detail and unorthodox leadership style is key to his entrepreneurial success. In this article, I give an account of the bigger-than-life entrepreneurial journey of Steve Jobs.
Even as a teenager Steve Jobs was motivated and a go-getter. In his early teen years, he developed an interest in electronics and went ahead and phoned the president of Hewlett-Packard, William Backward, to request parts for his school project. The president had them delivered to him, and thanks to this bold move, he later secured a job at HP during the summer holidays.
While working at HP, Steve befriended an electronic guru Wozniak. Together, they joined the Silicon Valley computer hobbyist club to perfect their skills. In 1976, Apple was born. Steve developed the first Apple computer while working in his parent’s garage with Wozniak. The device, however, had no keyboard and display, and the clients had to assemble it themselves. Determined to finance his work, he sold his Volkswagen and invested the money in his business.
At age 30, Jobs was a multimillionaire with a vision. He planned to revolutionize the computer industry. Owing to his attention to detail, he pressured his engineers to produce the machine he wanted, the Macintosh Computer. In early 1984, the computer was uniquely launched with an Orwellian-themed super bowl ad. The company was able to make sales; however, in 1986, after a power struggle, Steve Jobs was ousted from Apple. This opened another page in his book of success.
Steve Jobs bought Pixar Animation Studios from George Lucas. During his time at Pixar, he made it big with the renowned “Toy Story” moreover, he did not give up on his dream of technology. He tried making it big by founding Next Computer. This, however, was an epic fail for him, seeing as the enormous pricey computers never caught on. In 1996 his former company Apple bought Next and saw his return to the computer industry.
His creative side led to the creation of the world’s first iPod in 2000. The portable white device made it easy to listen to music anywhere; it also set into motion Apple’s comeback in the industry. Over the years, Jobs awed his consumers with quality products they did not know they needed, such as the iTunes, iPhone, and MacBook.
After years of devotion to his work and well-deserved success, however, Steve Jobs developed complications with his body. In 2004, he announced his employees he had pancreatic cancer and took a leave of absence to seek treatment for the disease.
Before his passing, Steve rarely gave interviews on his personal life, but he allowed Simon and Schuster to publish his biography. During one of the few interviews, he advised people not to settle until they found their passion.