Steve Jobs Essay

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The Life of Steve Jobs

Despite the fact that Steve Jobs was abandoned as a child, he lived a very rewarding life. Steve Jobs was the co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. Jobs lived to be one of the richest men in the world.
Steve’s biological mother, JoAnne Simpson, was not ready for a child, so when she gave birth to her son Steve Jobs in the city of San Francisco he was instantly put up for adoption. The biological father of Steve, a mathematics professor named Abdulfattah John Jandali agreed to this adoption, but with a request. According to Romain, JoAnne and Abdulfattah insisted that the future parents of her boy be just as well educated as they were, and that the adoptive parents of Steve should be able to support him with the same opportunities that they could afford. Unfortunately, the candidates, Paul and Clara Jobs did not meet their expectations: they were a lower-middle class couple that had settled in the Bay Area after the war. But, they came to the agreement that they would allow Steve to be adopted by them, as long as they would give him the opportunity for a higher education (Moisescot 1). Paul and Clara Jobs, Steve’s official new parents, moved to Santa Clara County when Steve was just a toddler. Paul and Clara went on to adopt another baby girl when Steve was three years old. Steve’s new sister was named Patti. Steve was quite a turbulent child. He didn’t care for school much at all until the 4th grade, with Imogene “Teddy” Hill as his strict teacher. In Moisescot’s biography, here is what Steve had to say about her, “She was one of the saints of my life. She taught an advanced fourth grade class, and it took her about a month to get hip to my situation. She bribed me into learning”(Moisescot 1). Teddy did indeed end up bribing Steve into learning. She saw his potential, so decided to turn him into the person he was meant to be. According to Malcolm Gladwell, Teddy bribed him into getting good grades with $5 bills and candy bars. This motivated Steve into becoming a great student. Steve did so well in that class that Teddy decided to allow him to skip the 5th grade, and head directly into the middle school (1). This was a drastic change for Steve. Going from one of the older kids in the school to being the youngest kid in the middle school was a huge change. He went to Crittenden Middle School, which was located in a very poor area. According to Romain, most kids did not work much there; they were rather fond of bullying other kids, such as the young Steve. The fact that he was a year younger than the freshman grade didn’t help his problem of getting bullied. The bullying became so bad that one day he came home and declared that if he weren’t transferred to another school, he would stop going to school altogether (Moisescot 1). Paul and Clara agreed, and the Jobs moved to the cozier city of Los Altos so that Steve could go to Cupertino Junior High. This clearly proved to be decisive for Steve’s future. Steve did wonderfully at this new school of his, and over acheived in his academics. Steve continued his academic career at Homestead High School. He enrolled into a popular electronics class. According to Moisescot, Steve befriended Bill Fernandez, a neighbor who shared his interests in electronics. But, Bill didn’t play a huge role in Steve’s life, other than the fact that he introduced Steve to Stephen Wozniak, also known as Woz, who did indeed play a big role as a friend in Steve Jobs life.
Typically, it was really hard for me to explain to people the kind of design stuff I worked on, but Steve got it right away. And I liked him. He was kind of skinny and wiry and full of energy. Steve and I got close right away, even though he was still in high school. We talked electronics, we talked about music we liked, and we traded stories about pranks we’d pulled (Moisescot 2).
They were respectively 14 and 19, Woz being the older of the two. Woz and Steve later engaged in…