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Steve Jobs Essay

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“Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do (Moncur 1).” This statement by Steve Jobs is what I believe drove him to his success. Jobs had a very successful life and impacted many people around the globe. He led the way of how computers are used and accessed today. To fully understand and appreciate Steve Job’s work, a person has to first understand his background, how he developed his projects, and the lasting impact it had on the world.
Steve Jobs wasn’t always a computer whiz; he developed it over the course of his childhood. Born on February 24, 1955, Jobs was put up for adoption by University of Wisconsin students. He was then adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs where he grew up in Mountain View, California. His father was a machinist for Spectra Physics, and his mother was an accountant (American Decades 1). Initially bored with school, Jobs developed his first real interest in technology when he visited the Hewlett-Packard plant in Palo Alto on a school field trip in high school where he had his first encounter with a desk-top computer. After getting assistance from the cofounder of Hewlett-Packard, William Hewlett, on a school project, Jobs got a summer job at the plant. There he met future cofounder of Apple Inc., Steve Wozniak. They started working on projects together including the “black box”, a little box that allowed people to illegally make long distance phone calls. At that time, Jobs was also fixing stereo sets for money, which is how he started to develop his entrepreneur skills. (Gale 1). Jobs graduated from Homestead High School in Los Altos, California. He then attended Reed College for a year before going to live in India. During that summer of 1974, Steve Jobs studied and practiced eastern culture and religion, his trip was cut short however, when he became ill, causing him to come back to the United States early. Once he was back in America he started working for Atari video game company before returning to Apple Inc. again (Gale 2). Not much is ever said about Steve Jobs’ family, he had a child, Lisa, with his high school sweetheart and later married Laurene Powell and had three children, Reed, Erin, and Eve (Newsmakers 1).
People typically liked Steve Jobs’ work and rarely criticized it, but his personal life wasn’t quite the same. His first major project was the Apple Macintosh. “I rarely get excited over a new computer, but the Apple Macintosh officially introduced last Tuesday, has started a fever in Silicon Valley that’s hard not to catch...

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