The following 10 facts about the late and great Steve Jobs and his personal brainchild Apple Incorporated will inspire you to “Think Different”.
Who has not heard the name of Steve Jobs. He was a tortured genius in conflict, a truly intelligent visionary with a solid plan for changing the world via technology and a very pesky perfectionist who drove some of his most dedicated employees to tears in his desperation to get the company’s products just right in the end.
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The man was undoubtedly a difficult personality and he had his dark side. But the constant mental tinkering he engaged in led to the creation of everything from the iPhone to the iPod to the iPad. His mega firm Apple took off and became a major contributor to the technological drive which has become rampant in a global way today.
Steve always believed in making a dent in the universe. He was not the sort of Type B personalities that like to take things nice and easy. He himself said that it was a better approach in life to stay lean and hungry. To let oneself become self-satisfied and smug in one’s intentions and habits was like consigning oneself to an early grave. Steve was adopted and he in turn abandoned his daughter from one of his dalliances.
He was an angry young man and never lost his ability to enrage authority till the every end. He didn’t take many baths and was known to park his car in the section reserved for the disabled. This was a bad habit that cost him many a fine for the blatant violation but he refused to conform.
The constant hankering after more proved to be the ultimate secret to his meteoric rise to fame and success. Yet the backbreaking job he was engaged in and the tiring routine of work, work and more work led to cancer in the end. Steve Jobs faced death with equanimity and stoicism. It was his presence on earth that led to so much advancement in computers and the Apple Macintosh remains a marvel of science and technology.
Today he is no more among us. Rest in peace, Steve. You are indeed the brilliant light of the world since were it not for you, we would not have all the everyday gadgets of electronic sophistication we take for granted today.
The following 10 things about him are enough to keep you occupied on an intellectual level for now. Enjoy the fun-filled facts about a man who was not known to suffer fools gladly. He always took it upon himself to be “cruel to be kind in the right measure”. And that was both his strength and his weakness.
Fact#1: Second Biopic shows Jobs as the Tiger Boss he Really Was. The latest biopic about Jobs’ life story portrays him as a man driven to be the best. He was indeed the man in the machine. The film’s slogan “Bold, Brilliant, Brutal” capture the essence of an individual who depended on his instincts and intuition and most of all his intelligence to an inordinate degree.
According to Mashable, the trailer has arrived and from the looks of it, it is a far better attempt at catching the man in the act of living his life without any undue exaggeration. The documentary doesn’t idolize or dehumanize him. Alex Gibney, the maker of the movie chose to tell the truth and nothing but the truth.
Fact#2: This Time Around the Documentary is more Realistic and Authentic than the Previous One.The last biopic, which portrayed Ashton Kutcher playing the character of Steve Jobs to the hilt, was criticized till excess by most critics. And that was just the beginning of the disgruntled attitude shown by audiences. Even Steve Wozniak, Jobs’ partner in the whole story of Apple’s vertical journey to the heights of world fame, said that after viewing the movie, he could not digest what had been shown. Wozniak said that most of the scenes did not have the least bit of resemblence to reality.
Rather like Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, this was one film that sucked at maintaining contact with the actuality of the events. But the seconds attempt is a much better shot at the bittersweet symphony that was Jobs’ life. As they say: no man is a hero to his valet. Instead of placing Steve on a pedestal and making a saint out of him, a clear and focused laser-like vision shows him to be a man of many faults. According to TheNextWeb, he is projected in all his actual behavioral ugliness: wrinkles, pimples and warts.
Fact#3: He had Access to a Rich Learning Environment as a Kid. Steve was given the best of an all-round liberal education and a colorful playing field in his childhood and youth by his parents. Although he was adopted, his parents never let him feel unwanted. This may have led to a little extra arrogance, but he also managed to cultivate a lust for knowledge.
According to Jamesaltucher, he had a first rate intellect that would prove of significant importance in the future. His sister who was not adopted became a novelist whose books were loved by her many fans thereby disproving the role of nature being the main shaping agent and putting the emphasis on nurture instead.
Fact#4: One of Steve’s Biological Parents was of Middle Eastern Stock. His real father was named Abdulfattah Jandali. His parents were graduates who gave him up for adoption shortly after his birth. Who could foretell that an abandoned child would go on to get the best opportunities in life thanks to adoptive parents who were financially well-off.
Fact#5: He created a Game titled Breakout in his Early Days. Jobs showed signs of genius early on in his trajectory which would take him to the top. He fashioned a program for Atari titled Breakout which would become a much-sought after computer game. It’s almost ironic that he became famous for something else than his first triumph. The tale of Apple Incorporated holds center stage in the life of Steve Jobs than this accomplishment of his salad days.
Fact#6: He had his Flaws as a Guardian and Patron. Steve Jobs would go on to tragically repeat history when he left his first kid and partner high and dry. Jobs actually lied before the judge saying that he faced sterility issues. Such was not the case. But it left his female partner with the burden of raising the child without a father to lend a helping hand or pay for the diapers. Nevertheless, his subsequent guilt was evident from the name of his first computer: the Lisa (Apple III).
Fact#7: An Avid Fish Eater who was Well-Versed in Nutritional Matters. Jobs took good care of his health. In his heyday he used to experiment with detox diets. The man would go for weeks on a diet of red apples alone (now we know where the name for his organization came from in the first place). Later on he gave up all meat with the exception of fish. The strange thing is that he still contracted the dreaded disease of cancer despite his prudence in food choices.
Fact#8: Unlike his Alter-Ego Bill Gates, he was not into Philanthropy. Steve was a bit mean and stingy in the sense that he was not big on giving his surplus money away. There was no such thing as too much affluence as far as Jobs was concerned. He gave excuses for not contributing towards poverty alleviation. Well, at least we cannot call him a hypocrite. He stuck with his naïve realism instead of being a wishy washy do-gooder. His company’s products have contributed more to the world’s welfare than any hand-me-downs from Jobs’ personal wealth.
Fact#9: He Hoodwinked his Best Buddy. Steve Wozniak still cannot forget being bamboozled by Jobs. Jobs had a policy of “business being business” and didn’t let emotions tug at his heartstrings in any matter when it came to profits. He lied to Wozniak when it came to dividing the paycheck for Breakout. After pocketing the lion’s share from the $5000 he received for his assignment, he told Wozniak that the payoff was only $700 and thus gave him a measly $350.
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Fact#10: Steve Jobs adopted the Zen Faith as his Religious World-View. There was a time in his life when he even contemplated becoming a monk in some far off eastern monastery. His master was a Zen teacher and Jobs followed his wise sayings like they were diamonds and pearls. And while Steve was admittedly a very rich Zen Buddhist, his faith in the “philosophy of no philosophy” never faltered for even a single second.