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Steve Jobs - The Greatest Da Vinci of the 20th - 21st Century

Updated on August 12, 2013
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Deonne Anderson is a retired Child and Family Therapist, Free Lance Writer, and Motivational Speaker who lives in Florence, SC.

Steve Jobs - Macintosh computer

The Computer Genius
The Computer Genius | Source

Steven Paul Jobs - 1955- 2011

Apple II Debut   04/16/77
Apple II Debut 04/16/77 | Source

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.

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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 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

Apple Logo
Apple Logo | Source

Steve Jobs Yacht - Unfinished Business

Steve Jobs  UNFINISHED BUSINESS Steve never got to finish his yacht that he had worked on for quite some time.
Steve Jobs UNFINISHED BUSINESS Steve never got to finish his yacht that he had worked on for quite some time. | Source

Apple Cupertino Campus

Apple Headquarters where new ideas and high tech cutting edge products are born.
Apple Headquarters where new ideas and high tech cutting edge products are born. | Source

Steve Jobs Modest Palo Alto Home

Steve Jobs home where he died
Steve Jobs home where he died | Source

Steve Jobs - 1955-2011

Steve Jobs with the Lisa Computer in 1983
Steve Jobs with the Lisa Computer in 1983 | Source

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.

lady deonne


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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      6 years ago

      Just an amazing article to read. He was so inspirational to so many. He was truly a visionary and with his hard work. He had the courage to pick himself up and be even better.

      This deserves the vote up +++ shared and tweeted.

      Thank you for this awesome series. :-)

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      Radhika Sreekanth 

      6 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Nice read about Steve Jobs. He was a true genius of 19th century. The song you've put in the start matches very well with that of his life. Voted up, awesome and pinned.

    • ladydeonne profile imageAUTHOR

      Deonne Anderson 

      6 years ago from Florence, SC


      We are so blessed to have lived during the time that Steve Jobs graced the earth with his presence. We are witnesses to what may very well be the biggest and greatest revolution in modern computer technology of all times. We are truly indebted to Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple. Thanks for reading my post and for commenting.

      always exploring,

      You are so correct. Death is the great leveler. I love Steve's take on Death and how he chose to live his life. I am saddened that his life was cut short. He devoted his entire adult life to making a profound difference in the lives of the common man. The things that he and like minded individuals have made possible for us to do on computers is priceless. I love Michael Jackson also. Each time I hear him sing certain songs I cry from missing him. I continue to mourn Steve Jobs death as he is one of my most favorite ADHD role models. He inspires me to want to be better and make my time on this planet count. Thanks for reading my post and for taking the time to comment and to share.


      I am so glad to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and for letting me know that you found it useful. I have made it my mission to tell others about ADHD and Learning Disabilities so as to dispel myths and to make them aware of the creative and positive side of having ADHD. The good news is that ADHD is not a curse but a blessing

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing a wonderful article of a great trailblazer.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a wonderful account of Steve Jobs' life. I was totally unaware that he was adopted or had ADHD. The video brought tears. I miss Michael too. His life and death is a reminder that money can't buy happiness or can not save you from the inevitable. Thank you..Great informative article....

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      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Indeed he is a great man. Without him, we won't be using apple. Such a big loss

    • ladydeonne profile imageAUTHOR

      Deonne Anderson 

      6 years ago from Florence, SC

      Thanks billybuc. Steve Jobs is one of my most favorite people. One can only imagine what he would have achieved had he lived to the age of (70) even. Thanks for the read and comment.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I like the poem as an introduction. Nice job of writing this.


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