Steve and the Apple Story

You must have heard of this guy called Steve Jobs, the guy who built all the great Apple products. He was quite a talented guy who sadly passed away in the year 2011 of cancer; after his death someone made a cartoon showing him fixing things even in heaven with his innovative skills, that was the  influence he had.

So who really is Steve Jobs? I wonder if I can pick his example and say this is the kind of person you should become in life. Unfortunately I won’t. Let me explain it.

Steve came from a very humble background. His father worked as a machinist that made lasers and also taught Steve some basic electronics and how to work with his hands, his mother worked as an accountant.

He had a tough time growing up as a child, a prankster whose 4th grade teacher needed to bribe him to study. Steve dropped out of college and started taking creative lessons which included a course in calligraphy.

In 1979 Steve, Woznaik and Ronald Wayne founded Apple computer in a garage which went on to become a pioneer in developing great products like iMac, iPhone & iPad.

Yes, Steve will always be remembered for the products he invented but definitely not for the person he was. Here are some quotes of people who knew & worked with him.

“Jobs could be terrible to people, and his impact on the world was not uniformly positive” – Ryan Tate

“There are things Jobs did while at Apple that were deeply disturbing. He was rude, dismissive, hostile, spiteful & manipulative”

“A genius but a bad mean manager”

“He was not the world’s greatest manager. In fact he could have been one of the world’s worst managers” – Walter Isaacson

“Steve Jobs was a lousy role model” – Forbes

Here are few negatives from the life of Steve Jobs that you shouldn’t follow

1. Obsessed with Work

Working hard is a good trait but making your work and career the most important part of your life is not good. Steve was totally obsessed with his work and spent day and night in the office fixing things at the cost of his health and the most important relationships in his life.

You work to make a good living and not to depend on others but always remember to take out time and enjoy your time & wealth with your near and dear ones. Don’t be obsessed with your work and make a mess of your life.

2. Failed to leave a mark in the lives of the people he came across

All he wanted was to get his job done and never thought of making a difference in somebody’s life.

Son, whatever good that you see in this world today is because a handful of people who cared about others invested their time & money to persevere the good by sharing and caring for them. If you want to make the world a better place for your children and the next generation, make sure you leave a mark in the lives of the people you come across in life.

3. Terrible Perfectionist

No matter how hard you try you can never do things perfectly all the time, we are not God that we need to be perfect every time. Your job is to give your best and don’t kill yourself for not getting that perfect dot on the paper. Steve was a terrible perfectionist and had a bad reputation among his employees for ill-treating & behaving rude to achieve perfection.

All said, I also want to admit that I am a great fan of all the Apple products as you know, you guys have been using the iMac as little kids. I appreciate all his innovative skills in building these great products. All I’m saying is do things the right way and let people remember you for who you are as a person.

Images:
Steve Jobs Sketch By Szena | Famous People Cartoon | TOONPOOL
Steve Jobs, Wozniak & Ronals – businessetc.thejournal.ie

3 Comments

  • Ramprasad

    Ideally you are having a set of beliefs and values that you accept to be correct. This however varies vastly among all individuals. What you see as right might not be someone else’s endorsement.

    There are a few people who believe indulging in work and being obsessed about it is the only important thing in life, others believe that family and spending time with kids is; and yet a few others might believe having a blast all the time is most crucial in how they spend their lives. None of these are right or wrong and all of these are individual.

    A project manager’s vision is the culmination of the project successfully with the least baseline and under budget. A company owner’s or manager’s objective is maximisation of revenue. These are definitions that are introductions into both philosophies. Hence deviation from these would mean you are compromising these values for other bits even if might mean being nice to an employee. Which value should you strive for? The one that leads to the objectives assigned to you OR the one that compromised those objectives.

    Finally, I think the need to mark a mark on someone is really over-rated. Why is that necessary at all? And even if you do leave a mark, you do it as an over-all society gain rather than an individual impression. In Steve Jobs case it is obvious he has left a mark on society, only not in the way you mean. If he had not, you would not be writing this article.

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    • saysaju

      Hi Ramprasad,

      Thank you for sharing your perspective, however I hold the opinion that people are more important than any achievement or any possession. At the end of our life it’s the people in our life that give us joy and fulfillment, to know that my wife loved me dearly because I cared for her, my children respected me as their father because I thought them to live & enjoy life holding on to good values, my friends cherished my companion because I was always there for them through thick and thin.

      All this won’t be possible if I only indulge myself in achieving success and completing the task given to me.

      Yes Steve did leave an impression with the products he build but I don’t wish my children to achieve success at the cost of losing people.

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      • Tony

        I agree with Saju. What is it if you gain the world but have not kept company with your wife, child or friends. Remember whatever we do is for people. So people are the most important in the world. Thanks Saju for that insight.

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