Inspirational Story : Steve Job


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“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.” Steve Job

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Inspirational Story : Steve Job

  1. 1. STEVE JOBS
  2. 2. BACKGROUNDBorn February 24, 1955, in San Francisco, California.His unwed mother put him for adoption because shewanted a girl.His mother felt that he should be adopted by collegegraduates and when she found out that both his futureparents had never graduated from colleges, sherefused to sign the adoption papers until a few monthslater when his future parents promised that they wouldsend Jobs to college.Steve drop college because it is too expensive forhim.
  3. 3. JOBS AND APPLEHe and a friend (Steve Wozniak) started a company in a garage on April 1, 1976 at the age of20. Later that year, they 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, they had tosell their most expensive possessions. Jobs sold his Volkswagen van while Wozniak sold hisHewlett-Packard scientific calculator.Apple I
  4. 4. Jobs named their company – Apple in memory of a happy summer he had spent as anorchard worker in Oregon.By 1982 however, his company sales sagged in the face of competition from IBM’s newPC.Thus, Jobs andWozniak unveiled their new creation, Lisa to increase the company’sbottom line, only to be another expensive failure.Apple Lisa
  5. 5. Then they worked on a new machine called the MacintoshJobs was reported to commandeered the project, ruthlessly pushing its computerengineers 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 10years, starting from 2 kids working in a garage, Apple computer had grown into a $2 billiondollar company with over 4000 employees.At the age of 30, Jobs, however, was fired from the company he co-founded with SteveWozniak. He left the company after losing a bitter battle over control with Apple’sCEOJohn Sculley (whom Jobs had recruited from PepsiCola).Macintosh
  6. 6. AFTER APPLEApparently both have different views of how the company should be handled and in onemeeting Sculley had told security analysts in a meeting that Jobs would have no role in theoperations of the company “now or in the future.”When Jobs heard of the message, he said, “You’ve probably had somebody punch youin the stomach and it knocks the wind out you and you cannot breathe.The harder you tryto breathe, the more you cannot breathe. And you know that the only thing you can do isjust 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.Sculley
  7. 7. During the next five years he started two companies – NeXTStep and Pixar.NeXTStep which produces NeXT, $9,995 cube-shaped workstation which aimed tocreate a workstation for research and higher, didn’t do as well as Jobs had dreamedfor. It did poorly and Jobs pulled the plug in 1993.Pixar, however was a success story.The company started the first computer-animated film, theToy Story and when Pixar’s stock went public, Jobs became aninstant billionaire.
  8. 8. JOBS, BACK WITHVENGEANCEMeanwhile, his old company, Apple was under immense pressure from rival Microsoftand in1996 posted billions of dollars in losses.In December 1996 Jobs convinced Apple tobuy NeXT and make its software the foundation of thenext-generation Mac OS.The technology he developed at NeXT becamethe catalyst of Apple’s comeback. Initially appointedas Apple’s adviser, Steve Jobs was named Apple’sinterim CEO in 1997.Mac OS
  9. 9. In 2004, he was diagnosed with cancer on his pancreas. Jobs was told that the cancerwas 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 thatis curable with surgery. He had the surgery and survives. Under his leadership,Applereturned to profitability and introduced innovations such as the iPod.IPod
  11. 11. “ Sometimes life hits you in the head with abrick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that theonly thing that kept me going was that Iloved what I did.You’ve got to find what youlove.And that is as true for your work as it isfor your lovers.Your work is going to fill alarge part of your life, and the only way to betruly satisfied is to do what you believe isgreat work.”
  12. 12. “The only way to do great work is tolove what you do. If you haven’tfound it yet, keep looking. Don’tsettle.As with all matters of theheart, you’ll know when you find it.And, like any great relationship, itjust gets better and better as theyears roll on. So keep looking untilyou find it. Don’t settle.”
  13. 13. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it livingsomeone else’s life. Don’t be trapped bydogma-which is living with the results of otherpeople’s thinking. Don’t let the noise ofothers’ opinions drown out your own innervoice.And most important, have the courageto follow your heart and intuition.Theysomehow already know what you truly wantto become. Everything else is secondary.”