Steve Jobs was born in 1955. He was the unplanned son of a Syrian father and an American mother, and because his parents were not allowed to marry, his mother decided to give the baby up for adoption. She chose a nice (meaning rich an educated) catholic couple as his adoptive parents, but they changed their mind and chose to adopt a girl instead of a boy. The baby was then sent to a blue collar couple in the Bay Area, and Steve’s mother was not happy. The matter was taken to court and she pushed to have the baby relocated to a different family. She only consented to let him stay after the adoptive parents promised he would be attending college. It was a rough start for both the boy and his new parents, and his adoptive mother has even stated that she was scared to love him (and lose him) in the first few months after the court case was closed. As he grew, he turned out to be a difficult child, and at two years old, she has stated that she even thought they’d made a mistake and wanted to return the boy. Steve knew about these thoughts of his adoptive parents, but never admonished them for it. He has always stood by their side, and counted himself blessed to have had them as parents. He flippantly refers to his biological parents as his ‘sperm and egg bank’, so there’s no doubt where his love and loyalties lie.
Jobs grew up learning mechanics, craftsmanship and electronics, working alongside his father on household projects. Steve was a difficult student until 4th grade, finding it hard to make friends and constantly getting into trouble at school. He claimed it was mostly due to boredom, and his father supported him, against the reprimands from the school, remarking they were not doing enough to challenge him, gifted as he was. When he reached 4th grade he also got a new teacher, who managed to reach Jobs in a way no one had done before. Instead of forcing, threatening or coaxing him into working, she bribed him. This kindled an enthusiasm for learning that Jobs had never felt before, and he has credited this teacher for turning him around.
Steve Jobs attended high school in the famed Silicon Valley, and he continued with his engineering interest as well as developing a new interest in the arts and creative subjects. It was also around this time that his friendship with Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, was founded. After high school, Jobs attended Reed College for a while, but dropped out after realizing he didn’t want to waste his parents’ hard earned money. He eventually got a job as a technician, based on work done by Steve Wozniak. Jobs was described as being difficult but valuable. Later in life, and after spending a significant amount of time in India, Jobs became a Zen Buddhist.
The very first Apple computer was invented in 1976. Not by Steve Jobs, but by Steve Wozniak. Together with Ronald Wayne, they formed the company Apple Computer, and started running it from Jobs’ home in California. The company was incorporated in 1977, and went public in 1980. The first Macintosh was launched in 1984 as the first personal computer of its kind. This symbolised the spark of Apple’s huge commercial success, and the company has skyrocketed since, despite hitting snags and bumps along the way.
Steve Jobs died in 2011 after a relapse of his, previously treated, pancreatic cancer. Many say that it was his trust in magical thinking that killed him, and that he would have survived if he had opted for traditional and trusted cancer treatments instead of going the alternative route.