Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Merchant of Apples

Steven Paul Jobs or Steve Jobs produces Apples outside an orchard. He is my hero. When a young Jobs went to India on a ‘spiritual pilgrimage’ and returned to America, reportedly wearing traditional Indian attire, not many may have thought of him more than a crank who provided a bit of amusing entertainment. Later he started his first project in his parents’ garage after dropping out of Reed college. Years later, after he had designed the first Macintosh and Apple had grown into a fairly large company, Jobs was fired from the household he started. His response was incredible as he mentions, “It was awful tasting medicine, but the patient needed it.” If anyone can be more positive in his approach towards life, one of those few handfuls in the great line of homo sapiens is certainly Mr. Jobs.

Jobs says that the most creative period in his life was the five years that followed after he was forced to leave his own garden of Apples. Depression and disillusionment followed and then came the realization that he still loved what he was doing. He started NeXT, PIXAR and met his future wife, all in those five golden years. The magic continued as Jobs was offered the boss’s chair as CEO of Apple computers back again. Out came the generation next. I-pods and MacBook Pro being the two most luscious fruits in his achievement portfolio. Jobs DOES provide unusually hi-tech entertainment to perfection!

All you need to do to know about my hero would take not more than fifteen minutes of your time. Hope those fifteen minutes turn out to be one of the many golden moments in your life. Here is the link to the text of the speech he delivered at Stanford University on Tuesday, June 14, 2005. (You can also watch the video on youtube.)

Great job Mr. Jobs!

1 comment:

  1. Steve Jobs is a genius. His accomplishments are phenomenal and he is considered to be a leading figure in both the computer and entertainment industries.

    Steve Jobs is also a devoted "Beatles" fan. He has referenced them on more than one occasion at keynotes and also was interviewed during a Paul McCartney concert. When asked about his business model on "60 Minutes," he had replied:

    “ My model for business is The Beatles: They were four guys that kept each other's negative tendencies in check; they balanced each other. And the total was greater than the sum of the parts. Great things in business are not done by one person, they are done by a team of people.

    In mid-2004, Jobs announced to his employees that he had been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his pancreas. The prognosis for "pancreatic cancer" is usually very grim - Jobs, however, stated that he had a rare, far less aggressive type known as "islet cell neuroendocrine tumor."

    Jobs is currently on a leave of absence from "Apple" due to health issues. Wishing him good health and happiness for many more years to come.