I’m a huge fan of Steve Jobs. But not exactly for what he’s done for his career.
Of course everybody knows that he’s the charismatic leader and co-founder of Apple. Everybody knows what he’s done to revolutionize the way we communicate with each other and how he changed the face of the modern world.
He was widely described as a visionary, pioneer and genius in the field of business, innovation, and product design. Everything he did professionally was nothing sort of amazing. He was essentially the catalyst of change that brought about the many advancements in technology that we have today.
While those are unbelievably awesome feats for just one person to do, I admire Steve Jobs more for what he did in his personal life.
Jobs was adopted. His adoptive parents worked hard to fulfill their promise to his biological parents to have Steve enter college. Jobs did attend college but dropped out after one semester. But even after dropping out, he still continued attending classes with no merit. He never let his education (or lack thereof) get in the way of his learning.
After he was ousted from Apple in 1985, he learned humility and bounced back, eventually returning and setting the world ablaze.
Most of what I get from Steve Jobs is how we always have to thrive in the face of adversity. We don’t have to let others dictate our role in this world. We don’t settle. We have to do what we love, and keep at it. We have to stay hungry, and stay foolish.