Praveen.VirkMs.SandhuLanguage ArtsFriday December 15Steve Jobs : The man that thought different Steve Jobs is globally known for his brilliant ideas and success which forever changed the world, and as much as Jobs is well known for his products he is also equally well recognized for his publice failures and mistakes .Steve Paul Jobs was born on February 24 1955 to Joanne Schieble when she was only 23 years old. Months later, just after Jobs was born he was adopted by a California couple, that too under one circumstance ; The couple had to promise that Jobs would attend college.
Throughout his life Jobs endured love and held great fame from millions worldwide, he also had his share of public failures and downfalls. Many of those whom appreciated and cherished Jobs products would have described Jobs using ; Visionary, Genius and at many times an Artist ,though many employees would have described Jobs using such strong words ; Jerk, Tyrant and Iconoclast. To my opinion Jobs “was both loved and hated, intensely admired and widely dismissed” (blumenthal 3) . Hence, by examining Jobs ability to see beauty and involve complex systems into simple gadgets, the intense amount of talent and passion Jobs had for tinkering with gadgets,the fact Steve would go on attacking an heavily criticizing existing pieces of technology also by observing his “unique” lifestyle which went against the norm it is more than clear that Jobs was a Visionary, Genius and at times and iconoclast during his lifetime. Steve Jobs was described to be the kind of guy who could “look at a beige box and see beauty, he imagined a computer that was graceful and elegant .
..that vision would drive him with varying degrees of success for the rest of his career” (80) .
Jobs demanded quality and perfection from every product which was under Apples name. “For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality has to be carried all the way through” (10) . At a young age Jobs was taught by his father that quality was an important part of a product whether or not the buyer would notice the quality was there. Jobs would not stop improving on a product until it was perfect in his eyes “He did what he loved . And if he didn’t love what he did , he didn’t believe it was great work, he redid it again an again.” (267) . Steve Jobs also had reality distortion field, a special effect Jobs had, which could make him convince anything to anyone. This helped Jobs vision a future in where almost every household had a computer and in a way helped Jobs recreate four major industries.
Even when his boss or employees would tell him the task was impossible, Steve wouldn’t accept the word “no” and would work hard enough to make the impossible seem possible. Throughout his life Jobs carried out a vision he had for future technology, he designed in such ways to make huge clunky phones into something as sleek as the newest iphones . Collins Dictionary describes a genius as a person who has ” exceptional ability in a particular field” (Canadien Collins Dictionary 252 ) . Jobs in that case has already exceeded the expectations of a genius, by redefining four major fields (mobile, computers, movies and music). Steve Jobs had proved to the world that a genius wasn’t just someone who had an IQ level over 120, though Jobs had just dropped out of college only after the first semester, he still made a huge effort to learn and gain knowledge about the things that had interested him the most .
To his surprise many of his learnings would heavily help him succeed in his future (and example of this would be the calligraphy class which would help him create the beautiful fonts which the macintosh would consist off) .Another genius characteristic, which was in Jobs character was the will to never settle for okay, this made Jobs a well defined genius, Jobs ability to judge products and ideas allowed Jobs to be noticed as a genius . Geniuses have a consistency to learn from their mistakes and take risks, Jobs took many risks and was not afraid from failure. The work reflected not just his demanding personality and high standards, but also his Belief that it was okay to try and to fail . He noted that all artists – including his beloved Bob Dylan -struck out sometimes .
In fact, they weren’t artists , he said unless “they keep On risking failure”. ( Blumenthal 250) Jobs also didn’t let anything stop him from his success an example of this would be his job application for Atari “..
. and announced that he wouldn’t leave until he was hired” ( 48) . This showed Jobs passion and love he had for what he did , and proved that Jobs wouldn’t let any he obstacle get in the way of his success . Though Jobs had the the most brilliant ideas and made amazing products to sell to the public it was true that at times Jobs could bluntfully embarrass and heavily criticize existing products or ideas (which employees an and coworkers have thought off ) . This made Steve a very active iconoclast because at times Jobs did not hesitate to give his opinion on existing opinions about products . Examples of when Steve rejected existing products is when he refused to add and floppy disk on the design of his I mac, “Jobs refused to install a floppy drive in the beautiful box ….
When an employee questioned the lack of a floppy drive during a meeting Jobs insisted the computer didn’t need one” (139). Another Example of Jobs Iconoclast ways is when he admittedly stole the idea of the computer mouse from Xerox corporation stating that Xerox wouldn’t know how to further develop the idea into something consumers would want to purchase and that “Good artists copy, great artists steal” (91). Despite being a billionaire an having the choice to live a luxurious lifestyle , Jobs wasn’t your typical millionaire, he rejected social norms and would be constantly caught up in his reality distortion field . ..
.Lead him to act as if the rules of life didn’t apply to him . He drove his car without a License plate an regularly parked in Apple’s handicapped spots.
He would quote totally Made-up statements as facts, expect results on unrealistic schedules,or set impossibly High goals. (107-108)Other then his lifestyle and existing products, Steve also rejected common religious practices, after an incident at the church, when he asked the priest if god had known about the starving children in Africa . The priest said he did, after that chat with the priest Jobs at age 13 stopped attending church when he “decided he couldn’t worship such a God” (21) . In conclusion, by examining Jobs ability to see beauty and involve complex systems into simple gadgets, the intense amount of talent and passion Jobs had for tinkering with gadgets,the fact Steve would go on attacking an heavily criticizing existing pieces of technology also by observing his “unique” lifestyle which went against the norm it is more than clear that Jobs was a Visionary, Genius and at times and iconoclast during his lifetime.
Steve Jobs was an ordinary man with his set of failures and flaws, he did what he thought was right and made quality a priority in all his products. Everynight, before he had died Jobs would end his day asking himself the same question “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today ?”(Steve Jobs Stanford Speech). Steve Jobs made many mistakes, but didn’t let Failure define his career. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. Works CitedBlumenthal,Karen.Steve Jobs :The Man Who Thought Different.
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