Hello. You may not know this, but it's rare for a man like me to shed tears over something. However, when I watched the life of Steve Jobs, I cried. It's truly unbelievable.
Steve Jobs was born and built the largest tech giant on the planet - Apple. Today, Apple's market capitalization has reached $2.111 trillion. In addition, Apple has changed the world, creating products known as the epitome of technology, all thanks to Steve. So who is he, and how did he give birth to Apple? Let's find out.
Few know that Steve Jobs was born and grew up with a challenging and unfortunate childhood, being abandoned not once but twice. Steve Jobs's full name is Steve Paul Jobs, and he was born on February 24, 1955, in the United States.
From a young age, Steve was an unfortunate child. He was abandoned by his biological parents. His biological father was a Muslim, while his mother was of German-American descent. Due to religious differences, the love between the two was vehemently opposed by their families, and things took a turn for the worse when Steve's maternal family threatened to disown him if they got married.
While suffering from the family's opposition, Steve's mother discovered she was pregnant and made the decision to give birth to him in a different place. Even Steve's biological father was unaware of his existence. Subsequently born but unable to be raised, Steve was put up for adoption, and though his mother couldn't raise him herself, she wished for her child to have a life in an affluent and educated family.
At first, Steve was arranged for adoption by a lawyer couple. However, they changed their minds at the last minute because they wanted a baby girl instead. It remains unknown whether this couple ever regretted not adopting him. Some time later, Steve was sought after by another couple. However, both of them lacked college degrees, which Steve's biological mother was not in favor of for his adoption. She insisted that they would only be allowed to adopt Steve if they could ensure he would go to college in the future. Without a child of their own and a strong desire for a baby, despite financial hardships, they committed to doing everything in their power to ensure Steve would have the opportunity to attend college.
From a young age, Steve knew he was adopted. However, Steve always held a special affection for his adoptive parents as if they were his biological ones. He even proudly shared with the media that 'My father was a skilled mechanic and always demanded precision,' and it was precisely that meticulous nature that deeply influenced Steve Jobs .
We can see in the iPhone, with its perfect and meticulous design down to the smallest unseen details.
Speaking of his biological parents, later on, Steve did track them down and meet them, but he had no emotional connection whatsoever
According to Steve's wife, he has no emotional attachment to his biological parents. In fact, he even says that he only sees them as the people who gave birth to him, nothing more special.
Since he was a child, Steve Jobs was recognized by everyone as an intelligent and energetic child. Recognizing his potential, his foster parents introduced him to electronic devices and taught him to read and write proficiently before he started school.
Because he was too intelligent for the knowledge taught in class, Steve felt that there was nothing new to learn at school. From then on, he consistently showed disinterest in studying and often engaged in mischievous behavior.
Steve and a friend once mischievously switched the locks of all the bicycles at school and even placed a firecracker under a teacher's desk. Due to his disruptive behavior, Steve Jobs was suspended from school multiple times. Because of his mischief, by the time he reached the fourth grade, Steve was placed in a separate class (one-on-one) with a dedicated teacher, who was also instrumental in reigniting his enthusiasm for learning.
In just one month, he absorbed all the knowledge from the fourth-grade curriculum. Thanks to this, Steve went from being an ordinary student to an outstanding one, consistently achieving the highest scores in all tests at school. The school even encouraged Steve's family to have him skip two grades and enroll directly in a junior high school. However, his parents agreed to let him skip only one grade.
In high school, Steve was constantly teased and bullied by his peers simply because he was smarter than everyone else. Unable to tolerate it any longer, Steve decided to make a request to his parents that he be transferred to a different school. Faced with their son's request, his parents had no choice but to move him to another place to continue his education.
From the age of 12, Steve Jobs began to openly demonstrate his passion for technology and electronics.
In one instance while assembling an electronic counter, but lacking enough components, he did something that none of us sitting here would dare to think of, which was to look up a phone number and directly call the chairman of HP - one of the largest technology companies of that time. You might wonder how a young kid could possibly get through to the chairman of such a big corporation. However, the truth is that Steve managed to get through, and by some kind of extraordinary persuasion, the chairman engaged in a conversation with him for up to 12 minutes. After the call, the chairman immediately provided the components that Steve needed, and surprisingly, he even created an opportunity for Steve to work at the company despite his very young age.
After finishing high school, Steve Jobs enrolled at Reed College in Portland. However, he dropped out of college after just six months because the tuition fees were too high.
There was a time when he had almost no money in his pocket, no funds, and nowhere to live. Steve had to sleep on the floor in his friend's room, collect and sell recyclables to buy food, and walk up to 10 kilometers to get free meals.
At the age of 18, Steve wrote an application letter to a company, and he had to wait 365 days before the company finally accepted him. There's an interesting fact that you will surely be amazed to know: later on, Steve's job application letter was auctioned for a whopping $222,000. Three years later, driven by a passion for technology, he, along with his friend Steve Wozniak, co-founded Apple with their first product being the Apple 1 desktop computer.
To raise funds for their research and development of the Apple 1 computer, Steve made thousands of phone calls. He called during meals, while brushing his teeth, lying down, sitting up – but everyone turned him down. However, he remained determined because his contact list still had numbers to call. It wasn't until someone agreed to come and see the idea that he decided to invest. Without Steve's persistence in fundraising, we might not have the iPhone as we know it today.
Thanks to Steve's talent, Apple quickly captured and expanded its market. In 1983, Apple made it into the top ranks of the 500 largest companies in the United States. However, at the age of 30, due to conflicts over strategy and Steve's insistence on product perfection, he lost the support of most of the leadership and the company's top engineers.
He was very straightforward and had a hot temper. On one occasion while working with a typography team, he confronted the team leader and said, "What the heck are you doing? I want it to be like this, and if you can't do it, then quit."
Because of his straightforwardness and his insistence that all Apple products had to be perfect in his vision, the company ended up spending too much on research and development. The leadership, not liking the excessive spending, colluded and collectively decided to oust Steve from the company he had built.
But it seems that ousting Steve was one of Apple's biggest mistakes because after being let go, Steve went on to work and develop another highly successful company, known as PIXAR, a giant animation studio. Here, he introduced a groundbreaking animated film that revolutionized the industry with 3D computer graphics never seen before in the world, created entirely on a computer, and that film was "Toy Story."
Meanwhile, Apple continued to decline steadily after Steve's departure. Finally, after years of struggling, Apple's leadership made the decision to bring Steve back, which ultimately saved the company.
After returning to Apple and assuming the role of CEO, Steve led the company to innovate and release revolutionary products like the iMac (1998), iPod (2001), and the iconic iPhone (2007). These products revitalized Apple and propelled it to become one of the world's largest technology companies.
In 2003, while at the peak of his career, Steve was unexpectedly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. In the subsequent years, he struggled with health issues and had to delegate the day-to-day operations of Apple to Tim Cook.
On October 5, 2011, the whole world mourned as they received the news of Steve Jobs passing away at the age of 56.
The departure of Steve Jobs surprised and moved everyone, whether they loved him or not. His visionary ideas and breakthrough innovations contributed to changing the world, the computer industry, and music.