My Journey In Words (Part 3)

Naturally, I think everyone has that one particular person whether it’s a celebrity or just any other person out there who stands out of the crowd, the best word to describe such a person would be a Role model or Idle, Now the criteria used to select such a person vary depending on one’s interests. In my case, I consider that Steve Jobs is( the correct word to use should be “ was” since today marks a year since his very untimely death) But for purposes of believing that somehow he is out there watching how his company is being run and what the world is saying about him, I will stick with the present tense. Steve stood out for me for many reasons but as its impossible to be perfect, he also had that side of him that was not all that appealing to me, Now its bad practice to talk ill of the dead, therefore I will concentrate on the positive aspects only. I have grouped these qualities into groups as I go on to explain what each of them means and how applicable it has been in personal life.Some of the text in this blog is adopted from the Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, on June 12, 2005.

Humble Beginnings
From his biography, we understand that Steve Jobs’ biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put him up for adoption. She thought it wise that he should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for him to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when he was born, they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So his parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?” They said: “Of course.” Steve’s biological mother later found out that his mother had never graduated from college and that his father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.
And 17 years later,Steve went to college. But he naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of his working-class parents’ savings were being spent on his college tuition. After six months, he couldn’t see the value in it. he had no idea what he wanted to do with his life and no idea how college was going to help him figure it out. And there he was spending all of the money his parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time.
It wasn’t all easy. he didn’t have a dorm room, so he slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, he returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple.
What I pick from this story is that life will not aways be plain sailing but everytime there is a stambling block, it only means that the course is being altered in the right direction, If Steve hadn’t droped out of college,maybe apple wouldn’t be where it is now. We need to understand that no matter the background, life will always lead to that direction in which its meant to be irrespective of the family or financial ability, By the time of his death, Steve was ranked among the richest in the world even when in his teenage years, ho couldn’t afford a dorm room.

Life is not always about winning.
Steve said the he was lucky that he found what he loved to do early in life. He and Woz started Apple in the parents garage when he was 20. He worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. they had just released their finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, he had just turned 30. And then he got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew they hired someone who they thought was very talented to run the company, and for the first year or so things went well. But then the visions of the future began to diverge and eventually there was a falling out. When that happened, the Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 Steve was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of and it was devastating. I cannot help but wonder how distrustful the board of directors was to steve but as we continue with the story, this turned out to be even more interesting. He really didn’t know what to do. He felt that he had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down – that he had dropped the baton as it was being passed to he met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. he had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over. he didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to him. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. During the next five years, he started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, Pixar went on to create the worlds 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, he returned to Apple, and the technology developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance. Its abvious that we have all gone through times when it seems as though those meant to support us all of a sudden can’t trust us. I remember an incident back in Secondary School when I had embarked on revolutionizing the computer Club. Little did I know that the people with whom I was supposed to work didn’t really share the same vision and they made sure that as much as they can, they derailed me, I didn’t give up that easily as I fought so hard and as it came to be registered as one of the most successful clubs during my time of service,am not including this to brag, I need us to understand that as long as one is working with human beings, there will always be nay Sayers who will purpose to make you fail, In Uganda we have seen how the capital, Kampala is undergoing a steady transformation under the leadership of the Executive director, but ask her how much negativity she has faced from the public. Let me say this again but this time in a different way.” We cannot all have the same vision and the same perception of where we want to be or take a particular company to”
It was awful tasting medicine getting fired from apple, but the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. The only thing that kept Steve going was that he loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your 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. 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 until you find it. Don’t settle.
There are lots of lessons that we can expound on as we reflect on the life that Steve lead, but the most valuable one is his sense of creativity in a world with majority of the youth lucking in that field. Lets come home to Uganda, every now and then. We notice the youth complaining of joblessness as they demand that the government provides jobs for them. Even those that have applied some level of creativity have so much struggled to keep the financially strong, We have so many “Mushrooming” business start-ups that start as wonderful ideas but just along the way, probably the vision gets blurred and the managers fail to weather the financial storm, I also think that in some instances, there is failure to draw the line between passion and ability as we challenge ourselves to do things that maybe popular and yet we fail to keep them going simply because we are not good at it. Creativity is not one easy thing to adopt and much less its not a common character you can easily find. However its very easy to identify that area in which our minds easily get creative with many ideas, coupled with a sense of entrepreneurship, Creativity is what our country and the continent at large needs to solve the simplest of our problems , Gid being my witness,I am very much ready to follow the lead that steve Jobs left behind and be creative in my own area, I have faith that some few years from now, I will bare witness to this.

Here are some of the quotations by Steve Jobs that Always ring a bell in my mind
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future”

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith”

“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”

“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish”


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