As a starting note, I have never heaped praises on anyone in my 21 years of living. I don’t know the reason yet. There are many personalities who are much greater and nobler than Steve Jobs but none inspired me like this man. He was arrogant, brutal, squeamish, clever and canny and none can deny that he was one of the greatest minds who ever lived. While there have been debates questioning his leadership skills and attitude, I would say in order to be successful, one needs to be brutal and arrogant. He was the one who taught this world that Passion stands above everything else. I dedicate the next paragraph to the people who don’t know his life-story yet. Others, kindly bear with me.
He was adopted; He was a dropout; He was a hippie; His garage was his first workplace; He was fired from his own company; He was on drugs (LSD) in his teenage; He made his girlfriend pregnant and refused to claim fatherhood to his baby for long; He was ill-mannered; He was ruthless; He was short tempered.
Now,how many would believe that he went on to become the most successful CEO who ever lived? All along our life, we were taught to be humble, compassionate towards all human beings, follow all the moral values, be good, do good, learn good and blah blah blah. Do you think being good, being compassionate and blah blah will matter if we don’t do something noteworthy? Being humane is one thing, being a humane human with shitloads of money is another thing. What is the point in being ‘ just humane’? Were you born only to follow all the values that some person in the six million years of human race predefined? Seriously? You reciprocate what you get; You always don’t get what you reciprocate.
Before someone interprets this post in the wrong way, let me narrate some more facts about him.
He was a Bob Dylan fan. He had a sense of humor unparalleled to many. His idols were Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Einstein, Amelia Earhart etc.
He was clever. He was a billionaire philanthropist. He was a perfectionist( Some say that he suffered from OCD). He followed his passion. He knew how to connect the dots in the end. He never gave up. (Even at the time when he was battling pancreatic cancer.). He was behind one of the most iconic products the world has ever seen – Apple.
I have shown to you the three parts of his life. In the end neither his arrogance nor did his traits mattered. He was born not so rich ; He lived his life as a billionaire and he died as a billionaire. And the entire world cried when he died. If you disagree with me, watch the documentary Steve Jobs – The Man in the Machine. In the end of the first 10 minutes of the documentary, I guarantee that you would be left misty eyed.
As a closing note, I never own any Apple products as am not rich enough to afford those. So, am not one of those crazy super-rich Apple maniacs heaping praise on Steve Jobs. I know his story and this was enough to get me going.
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. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About 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 people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
-Steve Jobs (Think Different Ad – 1997)
The link to the Think Different Ad: Think Different ( I couldn’t get my hands on the Original one.)
If you are a Steve Jobs fan or if you want to learn more about him, trust me you gotta watch Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement address. For a more detailed insight, study his biography by Walter Isaacson.
Remember, its the misfits who succeed. Its the innocent kid who gets bullied by others for his crazy thoughts succeed. Its the people who ‘Think Different’ succeed. STAY HUNGRY, STAY FOOLISH!