"Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become." Steve Jobs
Throughout the history, we see several examples of college dropouts who never completed their traditional schooling but turned to be prodigies excelling above average in respective fields making our world a better place. Where this puts a question mark on traditional education system, it also substantiates that your grades are not the measure of your success and intelligence. Such is an exemplary account of Steven Paul Jobs whose story teaches us that there is nothing known as dreaming too big. Life is too small to live it according to others customs and norms. One can be millionaire or billionaire without even graduating from college. Your success potion demands only your love, passion and devotion towards the thing YOU like to do.
Steve Jobs was born to highly educated mother and father and was adopted by college dropouts. Former abandoned him and later proved to be the ladder stairs to his success. He explored his talent and inclination in different fields of literature, calligraphy and acting and ultimately found his love for machines. However, he learned a lot from these subjects. He says, “If I had never dropped in on that single calligraphy course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts.” He left his education incomplete at Reed’s College and worked with Atari as a Technician.
He and his friend Steve Wozniak explored the idea of personal computing and in 1976; Wozniak designed original Apple 1 to show his friends. Jobs had the idea that it could be a commercial product and thus they started Apple in Jobs garage. In 1977, they introduced their product Apple II, first personal computer, at West Coast Computer Faire in San Francisco. Wozniak built Apple II and Jobs designed it. The product went successful and the company's sales increased by 700 percent to $139 million. In 1980, the company was ready to hold IPO, which created more capital than any IPO ever making Jobs a millionaire in a ripe age of 23. By 1981, Apple was the biggest personal computer producers in USA. IBM models surpassed Apple II in 1983 but Apple was on the verge personal computing and they unleashed first mouse driven interface to public called Macintosh. However, it was expensive and sales were not very successful. John Scully was hired as CEO of Apple in 1983 and he helped Jobs in debuting a number of devices. However, the tensions between Jobs and Scully increased and board removed Jobs from his operational role. In 1985, Jobs left his own company.
Such a situation can easily breakdown any person to pieces. Life offers you hurdles and if you show courage to jump over them, surely sweetest fruit are there as a reward. In a situation where there is darkness all over, finding the ray of hope is the mark of an inspiring personality. Without losing hope and wasting time, he started a new venture NeXT Inc. the same year. Alongside he bought Lucasfilm's computer graphics division for $10 million and renamed it as Pixar. In 1995, company released a film “Toy Story” earning $362 million on box-office. This record breaking earning made Jobs a Billionaire. In 2006, the Walt Disney Company agreed to purchase Pixar for $7.4 billion, making Jobs its largest single shareholder, with about 7 per cent of the firm's stock.
His company NeXT struggled to sell its operating systems and eventually Apple bought it for $429 million in 1996 and Jobs retained his position as CEO of Apple and revitalized the company. In 2008, Apple became the second-biggest music retailer in America — second only to Walmart, fuelled by iTunes and iPod sales. Apple has also been ranked No. 1 on Fortune magazine's list of "America's Most Admired Companies," as well as No. 1 among Fortune 500 companies for returns to shareholders. Today Apple is the world's ninth-largest company by revenue.
Jobs died battling with cancer at an age of 56 but every minute of these 56 years is a lesson. It is a famous proverbial phrase that, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. The sourness or difficulties in life can be faced courageously and can be made sweet as lemonade. It is all in our own hands whether to mourn on sour lemons or enjoy the lemonade. Difficulties are essentials of life. All we have to do is to fight our own battle to win a successful life.
“Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. Most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Steve Jobs