To our generation, Steve Jobs may be called one of the greatest entrepreneurs and visionaries we will ever experience. His contributions to the world of technology are unparalleled and I don’t foresee anyone eclipsing his technology anytime soon. Looking at his story from the eyes of a technology enthusiast, you would think he was a genius. When you delve deeper into his life though, you may find a few skeletons in his closet.
Jobs was born Steven Paul Jobs, February 24, 1955, in San Francisco, California, and was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs. In 1961, the Jobs family moved to Silicon Valley, an area known for its high electronic use. The name “Silicon Valley” became popular because at that time most electronics used a substance called silicon, thus the name was spawned from that fact. Steve Jobs grew up as a loner. He spent a lot of his time doing things by himself. The one sport he attempted to participate in was swimming and he was only interested in the individual races. During his lonely days, he spent an ample amount of time in his neighbor’s garage, who worked at Hewlett-Packard, as an electronics manufacturer. This provided jobs with his first opportunity to explore the world of computers and from that point on he knew he wanted to work with this amazing technology.
Although this may seem like a defining moment in Jobs life, he still had some struggles he was determined to overcome. After graduating high school, Jobs enrolled at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. This particular university was very expensive and his parents were spending their life saving attempting to put him through school. Jobs realized this and dropped out of college after a couple of semesters. Although this was a major setback for Jobs, he didn’t let that deter him from reaching his goal. He spent the next 18 months of his life taking a couple of different creative classes, including a course on calligraphy. Calligraphy was an odd class for a technological genius to have on his transcript, but Jobs said without his knowledge of calligraphy, his products wouldn’t have the typefaces they currently provide.
This is just part of his story. Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion.