Steve Jobs inspirational story

steve jobWhen Steve Jobs was born February 24, 1955, in San Francisco, California , his unwed mother decided to put him for adoption because she wanted a girl. So in the middle of the night, his mother called a lawyer named Paul Jobs and said, “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?”

His mother felt very strongly that he should be adopted by college graduates and when she found out that both his future parents had never graduated from colleges, she refused to sign the adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when his future parents promised that they would send Jobs to college.

He went to college but decided to drop out because it was too expensive. Recalling his time there he said,

I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple.

Jobs and Apple
At 20, he and a friend (Steve Wozniak) started a company in a garage on April 1, 1976. Later that year, the duo debuted the Apple I at the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto, California. A local store offered to buy 50 machines and to finance the production, the duo had to sell their most expensive possesions. Jobs sold his Volkswagen van while Wozniak sold his Hewlett-Packard scientific calculator.

Jobs named their company – Apple in memory of a happy summer he had spent as an orchard worker in Oregon.

By 1982 however, his company sales sagged in the face of competition from IBM’s new PC. Jobs and Wozniak unveiled their new creation, Lisa to increase the company’s bottom line, only to be another expensive failure.

Not wanting to dwell on these successive failures, they worked on a new machine called the Macintosh. Jobs was reported to commandeered the project, ruthlessly pushing its computer engineers and flying a pirate flag above the building where the team worked.

By 1986 the Mac, which Jobs promised to be ‘insanely great’ was a huge success. After 10 years, starting from 2 kids working in a garage, Apple computer had grown into a $2 billion dollar company with over 4000 employees.

At 30 Jobs, however, was fired from the company he co-founded with Steve Wozniak. He left the company after losing a bitter battle over control with Apple’s CEO John Sculley (whom Jobs had recruited from Pepsi Cola).

After Apple
Apparently both have different views of how the company should be handled and in one meeting Sculley had told security analysts in a meeting that Jobs would have no role in the operations of the company “now or in the future.” When Jobs heard of the message he said, “You’ve probably had somebody punch you in the stomach and it knocks the wind out you and you cannot breathe. The harder you try to breathe, the more you cannot breathe. And you know that the only thing you can do is just relax so you can start breathing again.”

Jobs sold over $20 million of his Apple stock, spent days bicycling along the beach, feeling sad and lost, toured Paris, and journeyed on to Italy.

Recalling this publicly heartbreaking episode Jobs said,

‘I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.’

During the next five years he started two companies – NeXTStep and Pixar.

NeXTStep which produces NeXT, $9,995 cube-shaped workstation which aimed to create a workstation for research and higher, didn’t do as well as Jobs had dreamed for. It did poorly and Jobs pulled the plug in 1993.

Pixar, however was a success story. The company started the first computer-animated film, the Toy Story and when Pixar’s stock went public, Jobs became an instant billionaire.

Jobs, back with a vengence
Meanwhile, his old company, Apple was under immense pressure from rival Microsoft and in 1996 posted billions of dollars in losses.

ipod introduced by apple computerIn December 1996 Jobs convinced Apple to buy NeXT and make its software the foundation of the next-generation Mac OS. The technology he developed at NeXT became the catalyst of Apple’s comeback. Initially appointed as Apple’s adviser, Steve Jobs was named Apple’s interim CEO in 1997.

In 2004 he was diagnosed with cancer on his pancreas. Jobs was told that the cancer was incurable and he would only live for another three to six months. Later, a biopsy showed that he actually had a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. He had the surgery and survives.

Under his leadership, Apple returned to profitability and introduced innovations such as the iPod.

Steve Jobs advice
steve job’s quote Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.

And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

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. And 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.


51 Comments For This Post

  1. Joanne J.

    Steve Jobs is one of my most admired individuals because of his charitable foundations efforts to improve the lives of people all over the world. I never knew his humble beginnings but was well aware of the power struggle that ended with his ouster at Apple. He showed that you can start over and must believe in yourself and not let anyone stop you. Success is not in rising to the top and staying comfortably there, but in having the courage to get up when you fall and face new opportunities.

    I have even more respect for Steve after reading this story.

  2. Iskandar

    Yes, Joanne, this is one truly inspirational guy. It’s not an easy thing to come back from ashes and soar to the sky.
    You need an amazing willpower to do that.

  3. idoctor

    i admire steve jobs because of his devotion for the humanity and also because his biological father is an arab so like me arab blood circulate in his vessels.

  4. Rajeev Chaudhary

    After going through this page, I have decided to add about steve job on my website too.
    Quiet Inspiring!

  5. Siva

    He s got something that inspires a common man. My heart was seeking an inspiration to make my ordinary life into an extraordinary but simple one. Hope i get inspired by him.

  6. Ram

    He is super fantastic guy. He lights up the fire in you. A true proven Icon. Doesn’t matter tomorrow Apple goes down. He has proved his mettle. Great Guy!

  7. sumran shah

    I am a graduated student and still i am a student.I often used to be alone and think how much boarden the life has given me and how could i overcome it. i think myself very depressed but truely speaking when my teacher said me about steve jobs then i was curious to learn about him and my curiosity helped me to find the solution of my life

    I don’t know (steve jobs)but my heart has a high degree of love and respect towards him its because he changed my life and my opinion towards life .today whatever i am and whatever i will be i wanna give its credit to steve jobs because he is the right guy for being inspired and my words are insufficient to describe him but also i want to thank him and want to be like him…….

  8. juggy

    Sir Steve Jobs is one of the most influential person in this universe.

  9. sayyed

    Steve is one on the men those stories can inspire you, when you think that it’s the end
    hats off to this great man !!

  10. suraj

    jobs is a classic failure which is a lesson to be learnt.

  11. Pratik

    Truly Inspiring

  12. ARBI MALHOTRA

    ARE YOU GET FAIL?YOU MUST READ THIS STORY.

  13. Martin

    It is inspiring …..!

  14. SameAge

    Steve’s story is inspiring, but this article mis-states the facts by quite a bit! His birth mother wasn’t the one who wanted a girl, it was the proposed adoptive parents. Paul Jobs was not a lawyer, again that was the first proposed adoptive parent. He didn’t drop out because it was expensive, he lived on friends’ floors because he was no longer a student. Apple was named for the Beetles record company, not a summer job. I stopped reading at that point. PLEASE fix the facts as the accurate story really is a special one!

  15. Sreeni

    I like this very very much,I too started many things to help many people,Bit all ways i feel & read this

  16. jason

    RIP Jobs.. didn’t expect it will all happen so fast!

    checked the news healines, what happens to apple after jobs.. i thought why are they still crying over his leaving apple (especially after the 4S release).. didn’t expect it meant otherwise.

    Not to forget he was the founder of Pixar and first studio to make 3d animation feature films. and i don’t have to say abt Apple. But beyond loss for Apple the Co. this is a loss for his fans, so many think of him as role model. he’s one of the most influential ppl in the last decade..

  17. Mike Nyoro

    What an inspirational life!

  18. denis

    Steve Jobs R.I.P

  19. Arun

    Your the real modern man in this world. RIP MAC

  20. bharat

    it is truly a inspirational story…….i love that…and hope will do the same for me and for whole world……….

  21. John Jacob N

    Truly inspirational. Fantastic story that helps the depressed person to come back to positive life.

  22. Peter O.

    Steve Jobs story is “total inspiration” for those of us that have concluded that all is over. Note, it is not over until God says it is over. Keep on working. May the Lord continue to take care of those he leaves behind.

  23. bhattathiri mulavana

    Hare krishna people are doing a devotional job based on Bhagavad Gita the great Indian philosophical book in which helping those needy with food is described. Steve Jobs was able to get his meals from Hare Krishna Temple. That is a good news for India

  24. RAHUL CHAUHAN

    MY ‘I PHONE’ HAS NO MORE SENSE STEVE
    THEY WILL NEVER FORGET YOU

  25. noel

    very inspiring…

  26. muslim

    think about the creator who created this man and gave him that brain .this is the reality

  27. DUKE H.

    I used this article for a newspaper article report and i got an A. Steve Jobs is truly inspiring and my wallpaper on my mac, ipad, and iphone is steve jobs.

  28. samaila ishaku. Sam Tutu

    These words are strong and i found them inspiring. For some time i have been in serious war of interest with some people close to me.But these words are giving me an edge ,and they keep me going. I BELIEVE I AM WINNING ALREADY. Steve Jobs lives on , on my mind.

  29. Samson

    Steve Jobs was a great man, his footstep could never been erased in life, he came, he saw and he conquered.

  30. jaypee mantix

    steve jobs was a great person and also my role model,i say when i grow up iwould like to be like him;rest in peace jobs.

  31. Sangameshwar

    Truly inspirational reality of life. In India we preach “Vedanta” but it is Steve Jobs who really practised it. Equipoised (Stitha prachna) during at the peak of glory and during the heavy down fall.This alone has given him the courage and strength to come back to glory. True inspiration come from the Supreme and this Supreme is common to all.You can call as whatever name you want.

  32. Amber

    I used to think that Steve Jobs was just another billionare who sucked money from people. After my science teacher told the class about his life story, I was baffled. And right now when I read about his ability to create something small to something huge world wide and bring apple back to power with his smartness and logistics, I totally admire him
    I just wish I was that WISE.
    I am clever at school but being WISE is different.
    r.i.p. steve jobs…

  33. Hrishita

    He was an Inspirational figure for me. I totally admire him! HE WILL BE MISSED A LOT…… May the lord continue to take care of those he leaves behind.
    GREAT JOB!!!
    May his next life be full of happiness!

    THANK YOU!

  34. t.intan23

    he deserved after what he did ..his effort was truly amazing..but,he did’nt change da world,just made people hungry of new innovation

  35. mekason yauri

    great men don’t last long enough.

  36. VARUN

    IT IS A GOOD INSPIRING STORY OF STEVE JOBS .HIS HOREiBLE BEHAVIOUR WAS UPTO INSPIRING NATION .MAY THE COMPANY -APPLE progress a lot!!

  37. haziq haneda

    VERY INSPIRING. I NEVER THOUGHT THE WAY OF SUCCESS OF STEVE IS REALLY AMAZING. AND I NEVER EXPECTED HE WAS THROUGH THE HARD LIFE DURING STUDY IN COLLEGE. SO SAD WHEN READ IT. I SHOULD BE GRATEFUL ON MY LUCK.. ;( RIP

  38. priya

    A truly admirable story it takes a courage to do something innovative and Steve job i admire him a lot his inspirational thoughts made me to do sumthing innovative in my life.

  39. Mohsen

    If you feel insolence so YOU didn’t know anything about life.
    COME and read this story.
    (from iran)

  40. Harprit Singh

    I am a student of MBA.
    Mr. Jobs is one of the greatest personality one can ever heard of.
    The person starts reach to top of hills and suddenly fall down then again by only believing in himself he started a new company and again add that company to his dream company and make it successful again.

    Ultimate sir!! Hats off to you sir.

    Regards,
    Harprit Singh
    9501151896

  41. dp_Raj

    great man……!
    and i will definitely try to be “hero” like this…..!

  42. mohd imran

    miss u :(

  43. Sukanya

    Steve jobs is such a great man and his story is such a inspiration story….!
    I miss you Steve….!

  44. Sukanya margaj

    Steve is such a great man …!
    and his story is such a inspiring story…!
    I miss you Steve … Really…!

  45. Mithilesh

    Steve is really a big inspiration for any human being..thank u Steve Sir..thank u so for the invention

  46. Durgesh

    really good men..my inspiration…

  47. shobith.s.kathare

    steve jobs story has inspired me.the struggle which he has faced is a big thing and i hat’s to mr.steve sir
    u r my inspiration
    love u steve jobs…….. I really miss u so much :)

  48. sonal nikam

    i m realy big fan of steve sir.and my ideal is steve sir only .i thank to got giveing me teacher like steve sir.

  49. lovely

    M na bahut kuch sikha .

  50. PAUL WISDOM

    on every part of a success journey journal
    persistent faith making the winning

  51. PAUL WISDOM

    lessons of winning it in the journey journal

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