Radical Cunning

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Quote1Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels.  Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world — are the ones who do.Quote2—  Steve Jobs

Steven Paul “Steve” Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was born the son of Abdulfattah “John” Jandali, and Joanne Carole Schieble.  Claiming that Schieble’s family did not approve of their relationship, the couple put Steve up for adoption.  Stressing that she wanted her child to be raised by college graduates, Schieble ultimately signed adoption papers with Paul Reinhold Jobs (1922–1993) and Clara Jobs (1924–1986).  While neither Steve nor Clara had graduated college, they assured Joanne that her child would get a college education.

The Jobs family moved from San Francisco to Mountain View, California.  Paul Jobs worked as a mechanic and a carpenter, teaching Steve rudimentary electronics and how to work with his hands.  Displaying a mechanical aptitude early, Steve quickly learned how to take apart and rebuilt electronics in the family garage.  With a firm grasp on tinkering, Jobs attended Cupertino Junior High and Homestead High School in Cupertino, California.

 At Homestead, Jobs became friends with Bill Fernandez, and Steve Wozniak.  In 1969 “Woz” started building a little computer board with Fernandez that they named “The Cream Soda Computer”, which they showed to Jobs; much to his fascination.  Following high school graduation in 1972, Jobs enrolled at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.  Reed was an expensive college which Paul and Clara could barely afford, spending much of their life savings on his tuition.  Jobs dropped out of college after six months and spent the next 18 months dropping in on creative classes, including a course on calligraphy.  He continued auditing classes at Reed while sleeping on the floor in friends’ dorm rooms, returning Coke bottles for food money, and getting weekly free meals at the local Hare Krishna temple.

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In late 1973, Jobs took a job as a technician at Atari, Inc. in Los Gatos, California.  Atari’s founder Nolan Bushnell, who hired Jobs, described him as “difficult but valuable”, pointing out that “he was very often the smartest guy in the room, and he would let people know that.” Jobs travelled to India in mid-1974 to visit a friend.  After staying for seven months; Jobs left India returning home have experimented with psychedelics, later calling his LSD experiences “one of the two or three most important things [he had] done in [his] life”.  He would also become a serious practitioner of Zen Buddhism.

Jobs returned to Atari, and was assigned to create a circuit board for the arcade video game Breakout.  Having limited knowledge of circuit board design at the time, Job’s recruited Woz to do it.  Woz reduced the number of chips by 50, a design so tight that it was impossible to reproduce on an assembly line.  Receiving $5000 from Atari, Jobs told Woz he was awarded $700 and thus gave Woz half, $350.  Wozniak did not learn about the actual bonus until ten years later, but said that if Jobs had told him about it and had said he needed the money, Wozniak would have given it to him.

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In April 1976, Steve and Steve started selling circuit boards via newly co-founded Apple Computer Inc.; in remembrance of a leisurely summer profession Jobs had once had.  After a power struggle with Apple’s board of directors in 1985, Jobs left the company and founded NeXT; a computer platform development company specializing in the higher-education and business markets.  In 1986, he acquired the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm, which became Pixar.  He served as CEO and majority shareholder until Disney‘s purchase of Pixar in 2006.  In 1996, after Apple had failed to deliver its operating system, the company turned to NeXT Computer, and the NeXTSTEP platform became the foundation for the Mac OS X.  Jobs returned to Apple as an adviser, and soon took over control of the company as an interim CEO.  As CEO, Steve would go on to invent the iMaciTunesiPodiPhone, and iPad, and the company’s Apple Retail StoresiTunes Store and the App Store.  The success of these products and services propelled Apple to become the world’s most valuable publicly traded company in 2011.

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In 2003, Jobs was diagnosed with a pancreas neuroendocrine tumor. Though it was initially treated, he reported a hormone imbalance, and underwent a liver transplant in 2009.  On medical leave for most of 2011, Jobs resigned in August that year, and was elected Chairman of the Board. He died of respiratory arrest related to his tumor on October 5, 2011.

Visionaryresoluteingenious, and an unrivaled prototyper; Steve Jobs is an iconic Inventor Rational.

Quote1Rational’s pride themselves on their ingenuity.  So important is ingenuity to a NT’s self-esteem; that they will spend most of their lives taxing themselves for self-improvement, constantly setting the standard higher and higher for themselves and those around them.  Indeed criticize a Rational and you’d better be cautious, and accurate.  And when unjustly or inaccurately criticized; Rational’s burn with resentment and have even been known to fantasize about revenge, efficiently and poetically executedQuote2 — Please Understand Me II p. 185

One thought on “Radical Cunning”

  1. Jobs was truly interested in making the best product possible. During the dark ages of Apple he was outmaneuvered by the corporate types and lost his control of the company. However, his rational maneuvering eventually got him back in control and as a result he created the iPhone which revolutionized the cell phone industry. His weak spot was his temper and arrogant viewpoint that he could solve any problem. That cost him dearly regarding his health and premature decease.

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