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Steve Jobs - The Greatest Da Vinci of the 20th - 21st Century
Steve Jobs - Macintosh computer
Steven Paul Jobs - 1955- 2011
Steve Jobs - Gone Too Soon
Like A Comet
Blazing 'Cross The Evening Sky
Gone Too Soon
Like A Rainbow
Fading In The Twinkling Of An Eye
Gone Too Soon
Shiny And Sparkly
And Splendidly Bright
Here One Day
Gone One Night
Like The Loss Of Sunlight
On A Cloudy Afternoon
Gone Too Soon
Like A Castle
Built Upon A Sandy Beach
Gone Too Soon
These words so beautifully sung by Michael Jackson perfectly describes how we feel about the loss of American icon, Steve Jobs, who laid his body down on October 5, 2011. Jobs is the greatest Da Vinci of the 20th-21st Centuries. Steve Jobs is to modern computer technology what Leonardo Da Vinci was to the Renaissance. Innovations and inventions made by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and other like minded individuals in the last (60) years have been unprecedented and unparalleled.
Steve ranks right up there with Leonardo Da Vinci,Thomas Edison, Shakespear, Richard Branson, Gandhi, Dr Martin Luther King, Einstein, Alexander Graham Bell, The Wright Brothers, etc, as he changed how we communicate as individuals, businesses, as a nation and as a planet.
For review purposes, we have defined Da Vincis as the change agents of society. Da Vincis are the world's greatest leaders, artists, writers, entrepreneurs, revolutionaries and rock stars. DaVincis are the ones who know first, who sense earliest the disturbances in the fabric of human affairs - the trends, the patterns, the fashions, the revolutions that are afoot, the coming groundswells of popular demands. ~Garret Loporto~
The Da Vinci name is synonymous with the famous artist, inventor, architect, and engineer, Leonardo Da Vinci. Da Vincis share a common genetic polymorphism, the DRD4 exon III 7-allele. This gene supports risk taking, novelty seeking, increased alpha theta brain wave patterns, susceptibility to addictive behavior, ADD/ADHD and bipolar disorders, propensity for genius level problem solving and creativity, and gives one what it takes to be a charismatic political leader, artist, writer, movie maker, actress,rock star, or rebel billionaire.
Steve Jobs, like most Da Vincis, was challenged by ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder). Unlike Da Vincis Paul Orfalea of Kinko's fame and Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, Steve was not Dyslexic. He could read and write. In fact, he was highly intelligent, so much so that he did very well on IQ and standardized tests. His school administrators recommended that he skip some elementary school grades and go straight to high school. However, his parents fore bade it. Steve was the class prankster and did not take to formalized education. His fourth grade teacher had to bribe him to do his work.
For more on Richard Branson, Paul Orfalea and Da Vincis , see:
http://ladydeonne.hubpages.com/hub/-Richard-Branson-Poster-Child-For-ADHD-and-Davincis, http://ladydeonne.hubpages.com/hub/Profile-for-DaVinci-Paul-Orfalea, http://ladydeonne.hubpages.com/hub/Learn-If-You-Are-A-Davinci.
Though he was not a scholar in the traditional sense, like all ADHDers, he was a most profound scholar of those things that interested him or those things he loved and was passionate about. It was during his years at Homestead High School that he met his future business partner, Steve Wozniak. Wozniak was older and a student at the University of Michigan when they were introduced.
In a 2007 interview with ABC News Wozniak explained why they got along so well. "We both loved electronics and the way we used to hook up digital chips. I had designed many computers and was ahead of him in electronics and computer design."
The law of attraction tells us that like attracts like and that we are all thinking with the same mind. Had Steve Jobs not met and befriended Steve Wozniak, history may have been changed. It is not coincidental that Steve was adopted by Clara and Paul Jobs who was a high school drop out who learned all about electronics during his stint in the military. He taught young Steve all about tearing down and rebuilding electrical gadgets.Steve turned his interest into a hobby and a billion dollar industry.
After high school, Steve attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Before his birth parents signed his adoption papers, they insisted that his adoptive parents send him to college. They initially sought college graduates to become his adoptive parents. However, the chosen couple, a lawyer and his college educated wife, changed their minds about the adoption when the baby was born a boy. Clara and Paul Jobs were next in line for a baby and very happily agreed to adopt the baby boy. They named him Steven Paul Jobs.
Another coincidence? I think not. The Universe was simply lining up all of the events that would lead Steve Jobs to his final destiny... to become the father of the computer technology revolution. Had he been adopted by college graduates and professional parents, he may have been prodded to follow in their foot steps...to become someone he was not. When a DaVinci gives in to repression from parents, spouses or the community, the result is often severe Depression, Bipolar Disorder episodes, Panic Attacks, Anxiety, Heightened ADHD Negative symptoms, etc.
Steve Jobs, being averse to formalized education, remained at Reed College as a registered student for (6) months. He then decided that he no longer wanted to waste his parents' savings. He did not return to his parents home right away but chose to remain on campus where he slept on the floor of his friends' dorm rooms. He sold pop bottles to buy food and walked (7) miles to a Hara Krishna Center for a hot meal every Sunday.
Here's another "coincidence." Reed College just happened to be the best calligraphy college in the country. Steve "sat in on" or "monitored" creative classes that were of interest to him. He took a Calligraphy class to learn how to do serif and san serif type face. (10) years later when he was designing his first Macintosh his knowledge came in handy. He said this about the value of the course. "...It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would never have had multiple type faces or proportionally spaced fonts."
Since Windows just copied the Mac, it is safe to say that no PC would have beautiful typography, multiple type faces or proportionally spaced fonts.
Steve Jobs - Co-Founder of Apple and Founder of PiXar Pixar
Steve Jobs Yacht - Unfinished Business
Apple Cupertino Campus
Steve Jobs Modest Palo Alto Home
Steve Jobs - 1955-2011
Steven Paul Jobs - Speaks From The Grave
The best way to learn about a man is from his words. Steve Jobs was often called upon to speak. His most powerful and best known speech was given in June of 2005 at Stanford University's Commencement Exercises. Steve basically told his life story. He told the students how he and Steve Wozniak had started Apple out of his parents' garage.when he was age (20). He told them how they had worked long and hard for (10) years to build a $2 billion company (Apple) with over 4,000 employees by the time he was age (30).
His speech encompassed three themes:
I. Connecting the dots
"........If I had never dropped out , I would never have dropped in on this Calligraphy Class and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. But it became very very clear looking backwards ten years later."
"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust in something....your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever....This approach never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."
Da Vincis look at the big picture. They do not get bogged down in the minutiae of how something will be done. They focus on the outcome that they desire. It is only after the Universe has bowed to their will and they have "gone through" that they are able to look back and connect the dots that led to their success.
II.Love and Loss
In speaking about his having been fired from Apple, Steve said, "I was lucky. I found out what I love early in life. ....We had just released our first creation - the Macintosh a year earlier and I had 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 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. The board of directors sided with him . 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."
Steve goes on to explain how he felt that he had let an entire generation of entrepreneurs down, that he was a public failure, and that he contemplated leaving the Silicon Valley. "But something dawned on me...I still loved what I did...I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over."
Can you imagine how devastated you would be if you worked your tush off to develop a product and build a $2 billion company only to have some co-CEO and Board of Directors fire you and take over the running of that company? Devastation is hardly a big enough word to describe how you would feel. But, being the true Da Vinci that he is, Steve made a decision to start over. Such simple words for such a difficult task.
Start over is exactly what Steve Jobs did. He started up a new company that he called NeXT. He also started up an animation company called PiXar of Toy Story fame. Today, PiXar is the most successful animation studio in the world. NeXT was bought by Apple and the technology that Steve developed at NeXT served as the catalyst for Apple's renaissance. Steve went back to Apple as it's head and the rest is history. During his five year break from Apple, Steve also met and married Lauren whom he refers to as "an amazing woman." . They have three children, Erin Siena Jobs, Reed Jobs and Eve Jobs. Steve's daughter, Lisa Brennan Jobs, from a romantic partner is also a part of the family's household.
By making a decision to start over and trusting the Universe to answer his prayers, Steve was able to manifest the position and the life he desired. Prayers are simply another way of saying he focused his thoughts on. In returning to Apple as CEO, he continued on the path he and Wozniak had started, revolutionizing the computer industry by democratizing the technology and making the machines smaller, cheaper, and accessible to everyone.
Steve told the story of how his life was transformed after reading a quote that said, 'If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you will be right.' "It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past (33) years I have looked in the mirror and asked myself, if today was the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today, and when the answer is "NO!" too many times I know that I needed to change something."
"Remembering that I'll be dead 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's 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."
Steven Paul Jobs, creator, innovator, inventor, developer/builder, computer technology genius, engineer, charismatic speaker, leader, philosopher, husband, father, son, brother, friend, fellow ADHDer....... the greatest Da Vinci of the 20th and 21st centuries, the whole world salutes you and we thank you for having made our lives, our businesses, and our planet a better and more informed place.
Your spirit will always be with us. Every time we use a computer or any Apple product, we will think of you. As I am writing these words, I am listening to music on iTunes. You will remain in the hearts, minds, and lives of billions upon billions of people throughout the planet earth, forever.
Thank you for living your life as though each day was your last as this enabled you to do all that was possible for you to do in order to serve mankind and to revolutionalize the computer industry and the world. Thank you for endeavoring to make computers smaller, more economical, intuitive, and accessible.
We will forever be grateful to and love Steve Jobs.
Loporto Garret, The Da Vinci Method. (Simon and Shuster, 2008)
Hartmann, Thom, Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception (Underwood Books, 1997)
Isaacson, Walter. Simon, Steve Jobs Biography, (Simon and Shuster, 2012)
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