25 March 2014
Steve Jobs: Genius
Innovation is the main driver behind everything in life, we all look forward to the next big product, or technological advancement. Yet it remains one of the most challenging things to naturally do, because it is impossible to simply predict the future. One of Steve Jobs greatest traits was his ability to see where the world was headed in terms of technology, and then take action on that vision. Steve left a mark on the world with the different products that he brought to the marketplace. It wasn’t just innovation behind Apple’s newest technologies that drove them into successful territory. But more so Steve Jobs natural ability to lead teams into creative battlegrounds, and push them to their creative limit, guaranteeing a perfect, yet simple product every time. Making Steve Jobs a modern genius of the twenty first century.
Steve Jobs was born on February 24th, 1955, to stagnated parents whom were already arranging for his adoption before he was even delivered (Isaacson 16). The people that did end up adopting Steve were a young working class, down to earth couple named Paul and Clara Jobs (Isaacson 15). Steve would go on to state in his authorized biography that he considered his adoptive parents his real parents, in every way imaginable (Isaacson 17). Jobs upbringing was very simple, Paul and Clara worked hard to support the family, while Steve went through the motions of school (Isaacson 17). Steve would often bond with his father by sitting in the garage, while tinkering with different tools (Isaacson 18). Jobs says he did not share an interest in cars and mechanics like his father, but rather he enjoyed the time that gave them both an opportunity to bond (Isaacson 18).
Paul Jobs was a very handy man, and would often build furniture the family required, rather than go out and pay for it; for example he constructed a fence that wrapped around the family’s Silicon Valley home (Isaacson 18). Steve recalls being outside helping his father work on the fence, where he learned a philosophy that would stay with him forever (Isaacson 18). The importance of making what you can’t see, is just as important as what you can; this type of design would go on to be infused into every Apple product created under Steve Jobs (Isaacson 18).
Once the time for elementary school had come around, Steve was already reading, as his mother Clara had taught him earlier (Isaacson 25). Jobs reports in his biography that this may have caused some issues when beginning school, mostly because he was ‘bored’ quite often (Isaacson 25). Steve would spend most of his free time getting into trouble, and encountering authority at an early age, due to being ahead of the curve in school (Isaacson 25). By the time Steve was getting ready to enter the fourth grade, the school district had decided the young trouble maker would be placed into an advanced...