Two events happened yesterday and this led me to write this. The first event was the news that Apple became the most valuable company in history and yesterday evening, I was in discussion at a friend’s house, and one of the gentlemen made a statement, he said most times when he reads motivational books, he never gets motivated, but after reading the Steve Jobs biography, he was absolutely inspired.
But how do I possibly write about Steve Jobs in four to five hundred words? The criteria at CreativityTurf are to tell a success story and share what you have personally learnt by being very practical and simple.
The life story of Steve Jobs is a very popular one, but one question always gets me thinking, how do you get fired from the company you founded and still bounce back? Steve Jobs isn’t the only founder that got fired from his own company, but he sure is one of the very few that still made it big after being fired. And this gives me a slight insight on the kind of person he is.
Steve Jobs decided to drop out from university and followed his curiosity and intuition and this led to the creation of Apple in 1976, when he was 21 years old. Less than 10 years later, Jobs was fired by then-CEO John Sculley, who Jobs had helped recruit from PepsiCo. After Jobs left Apple, he founded NeXT, a computer platform development company specializing in the higher-education and business markets. And also in 1986 he co-founded Pixar producers of the popular animation film Toy Story (he actually credits the 5 years after he was fired from Apple has his most creative period). I personally think, this is the advantage of starting early, and that is why I usually advise young people to be passionate about what they do and go with that idea in them. At a young age you can decide to follow your intuitive ideas and business curiosity and see what comes out of it, if that doesn’t come good, you still have enough time, to get things together, because usually at that time, you have no dependents. You are probably going to be even depending on another person, hence giving you enough room to follow through on that idea.
Apple had witnessed a phase in the company where they were almost bankrupt because they had removed the visionary, and hence removed the vision. But Steve Jobs wasn’t bitter about been shoved out of the very company he founded went straight into other business ideas. He continued with the vision he had in mind and this eventually led to his comeback at Apple. In 1996, Apple announced that it would buy NeXT for $427 million, same company Jobs founded after been ousted. Jobs returned to Apple as an advisor, and took control of the company as an interim CEO. Jobs brought Apple from near bankruptcy to profitability by 1998 in the space of two years.
Pixar the company also co-founded by Jobs in that period was sold to The Walt Disney Company in 2006 at a valuation of $7.4 billion, which transaction made Jobs Disney’s largest shareholder.
Also during the period after his ouster for Apple, he met his lovely wife Laurene Powell Jobs. I will say this, love what you do, believe in yourself and your vision. Every disappointment is a blessing; it just depends on how you handle the disappointment. Don’t see a business failure, or sack from your employment as the end. Sometimes life’s going to hit you hard, don’t loose faith, let that spur you on and use it as a template for your success.
Sometimes we think the likes of Steve Jobs are very rare, but believe me, we all have the ability in us, don’t let fear hold you back.
Some interesting quote from Steve Jobs
Don’t waste your time living someone else’s life.
Don’t be trapped by living the results of other people’s thinking.
Don’t let the noise of other people’s opinion drown your own inner voice.
Have the courage to follow your own intuitions, they somehow already know what you truly want to become everything else is secondary. There is no reason not to follow your heart.