Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco, California, on February 24, 1955, to two University of Wisconsin graduate students who gave him up for adoption. He was enrolled at Homestead High School, where he was introduced to his future partner Steve Wozniak. Smart but directionless, Jobs experimented with different pursuits before starting Apple Computer with Steve Wozniak in 1976. Apple's revolutionary products, which include the iPod, iPhone and iPad, are now seen as dictating the evolution of modern technology, with Jobs having left the company in 1985 and returning more than a decade later. He died in 2011, following a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
In 1974, Jobs took a position as a video game designer with Atari. In 1976, when Jobs was just 21, he and Wozniak started Apple Computer. The duo started in the Jobs family garage, funding their entrepreneurial journey by Jobs selling his Volkswagen bus and Wozniak selling his beloved scientific calculator. Jobs and Wozniak are credited with revolutionizing the computer industry by democratizing the technology and making machines smaller, cheaper, intuitive and accessible to everyday consumers.
The next several products from Apple suffered significant design flaws, resulting in recalls and consumer disappointment. IBM suddenly surpassed Apple in sales, and Apple had to compete with a dominating business world. In 1984, Apple released the Macintosh, marketing the computer as a piece of a counterculture lifestyle. It was romantic, youthful, creative. But despite positive sales and performance superior to IBM's PCs, the Macintosh was still not IBM-compatible. Sculley believed Jobs was hurting Apple, and the company's executives began to phase him out. He then began to work for Pixar.
Steve Jobs had the amazing ability of empowering others. This can be seen through his constant hard work ethic that he imposed in the workplace. Also, when he was let go from Apple, he worked hard and did what he had to do to remain successful and live his passion. His determination inspires others and empowers them to reach for their goal, just as he did, and not let obstacles get in your way. I would feel empowered because he never let anything stop him from reaching his goal.