Steve Jobs : Stay Hungry Stay Foolish

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, the name doesn’t require any sort of introduction. His life, works, innovation ,dedication motivate all of us.

Still, it always sounds good to know something very interesting about the tech Legend .

Humble Beginnings of Steve Jobs :

Steve Jobs co-founded Apple Inc. in 1976 with his friend Steve Wozniak in his parents’ garage. This garage later became a legendary birthplace for one of the most influential tech companies in the world!

Steve, A college dropout with passion :

Jobs attended Reed College but dropped out after just six months. However, his passion for calligraphy and design, which he explored during college, played a significant role in the development of Apple’s elegant and user-friendly products.

Pixar Magic:

Not only did Steve Jobs revolutionize the tech industry, but he also played a pivotal role in the world of animation. He bought Pixar Animation Studios from George Lucas in 1986 and transformed it into one of the most successful animation studios. Pixar later produced iconic films like “Toy Story,” “Finding Nemo,” and “The Incredibles.”

Getting Fired From His Own Company:

Who thinks to be fired from his own company ? But, in a surprising turn of events, Jobs was ousted from Apple in 1985 after a power struggle within the company. This difficult experience led him to explore new ventures and fueled his determination to make a comeback.

The Triumphant Return of Steve Like A Real Champion:

After being away from Apple for over a decade, Steve Jobs made a triumphant return in 1997 when Apple acquired NeXT, a company he had founded during his time away. This move brought him back to the company he co-founded and set the stage for Apple’s remarkable resurgence.

Steve , A Master Showman:

Known for his iconic keynote presentations, Jobs had a remarkable ability to captivate audiences and create anticipation around Apple’s products. His theatrical and engaging style made Apple’s product launches highly anticipated events worldwide.

Zen-Inspired Leadership:

Steve Jobs was deeply influenced by Zen Buddhism and integrated its principles into his leadership style. He believed in simplicity, intuition, and focusing on what truly mattered – values that still resonate within Apple’s corporate culture.

A Lifelong Learner:

Jobs was insatiably curious and believed in the importance of lifelong learning. He would often engage in philosophical discussions, read books on various subjects, and seek inspiration from different fields to fuel his creativity. He himself set an example of being ‘Stay Hungry Stay Foolish’.

Inspiring Work Environment:

The Apple Campus, designed under Jobs’ guidance, is known for its innovative architecture and a beautiful, serene environment. Steve knew the design would encourage collaboration and creativity among Apple employees.

Legacy of Innovation:

Steve Jobs’ vision and relentless pursuit of excellence transformed the tech industry forever. His legacy can be seen not only in Apple’s products but also in the way he shaped the future of personal computing, music, smartphones, and digital entertainment.

Steve Jobs was undoubtedly a visionary who left an indelible mark on the world. His passion, creativity, and drive to change the status quo continue to inspire people to think differently and make a positive impact on society.

Not only his incredible life motivates us, I will now share one of the best speeches ever made by Steve Jobs. It’s really inspiring and I hope it’ll motivate you too.

“I was lucky I found what I love to do early in life. I started Apple in my parents’ garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years, Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a two-billion-dollar company with over four thousand employees. We just released our finest creation, the Macintosh, a year earlier, and I just turned 30.

And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew, we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so, things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge, and eventually, we had a falling out. When we did, our board of directors sided with him, and so at 30, I was out, and very publicly out.

What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating. I really didn’t know what to do for a few months. I felt that I’d let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down, that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me.

I met with David Packard and Bob Noyes and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me: I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit.

I’d been rejected, but I was still in love, and so I decided to start over. I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything, which freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

During the next five years, I started a company named Next, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the world’s first computer-animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world.

In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought Next, and I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at Next is at the heart of Apple’s current Renaissance. Laureen and I have a wonderful family together. I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful-tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it.

Sometimes life’s going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love, and that is as true for work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it, and like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking; don’t settle.

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like, ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.’ It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I’ve looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life because almost everything—all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure—these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked; there is no reason not to follow your heart.

About a year ago, I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is a doctor’s code for ‘prepare to die.’ It means to try and tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next ten years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening, I had a biopsy where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach, and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas, and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope, the doctor started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery.

I had the surgery, and thankfully I’m fine now. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept: No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet, death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it, and that is as it should be because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent; it clears out the old to make way for the new.

Right now, the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it’s quite true. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

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