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What are some great stories about Steve Jobs?

Answer by Anonymous:

From: 'This Stuff Doesn't Change the World': Disability and Steve Jobs' Legacy | Wired Business |

A comment by Westcliffe Courtland:

My youngest brother has muscular dystrophy and is now quadriplegic, with just about enough movement to steer his electric wheelchair.  A few years ago my mom found that someone had put together a bluetooth computer controller allowing the user to control the computer using the wheelchair joystick. The family clubbed together a bought him an iMac with a plan to give him back some of his independence.  It all connected wonderfully, the mouse moved, some keyboard software and we were set..  we thought.

The only problem was that the mouse move juddered, pausing then racing across the screen to catch up with the movement, rendering the whole set up useless.  A lot of testing later, showed that it worked perfectly on a Windows PC, just failed on the iMac.  My mom spent a lot of very frustrating time talking to Apple support here in the UK, who essentially said that it was an unapproved bluetooth device and tough luck we were on our own. 

Out of sheer frustration my mom wrote an e-mail to Steve Jobs venting her frustration at what was happening, never expecting a reply. The surprise was a remarkably prompt, somewhat curt (as he was prone to) reply from him.  He had assigned a group of technicians and programmers to resolve the problem.  They carefully researched the problem and discovered that it was due to a very slight error in the implementation of the Bluetooth stack in OSX that was almost unnoticeable.  They then built my brother a bespoke update to OSX to solve the problem.  An update which appeared a couple of updates later in the routine updates for everyone else. 

This brief interaction with Steve Jobs resulted in an effect that changed my brothers life and had a huge, wonderful effect on my family.  We never thought a CEO of a corporate would care.  He did, he didn't have to, but he diverted resources to make a difference to just one person, the difference between dependence and independence in a number of important ways.  Thank you never seemed enough for what was done and for all he did in the corporate world and all of the incredible things he introduced to the world it is for this one act of human kindness he will forever be in the heart of me and my family.

What are some great stories about Steve Jobs?


What are some great stories about Steve Jobs?

I no longer read novel, quora is better. Truth is sometimes better than fiction.

Answer by Kristopher Wright:

Founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, passed away today. I never met the man personally and now I never will. I only had one semi-personal interaction with Steve Jobs and I thought it was a good time to share it.

Before I met my wife, I had a girlfriend named Rebecca. Rebecca had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. It was a rough time in her life and she was very depressed by it, even though chemotherapy was healing her over time.

Rebecca was a big fan of Pixar films. I knew Steve Jobs had also been battling cancer and was a big part of the Pixar company. I didn’t know a lot about the guy at this time as it was before the rise of the iPod, iPhone, or iPad. I also wasn’t the thorough nerd that I am now. Yes, there was a time I didn’t care about technology.

I sent a letter to Steve Jobs telling him about Rebecca and her situation. I asked for an autograph for her, hoping that could be something positive for her and encourage some positivity. I never thought I would get a reply, but I thought it was worth a try.

A week later I receive a package in the mail. In this thick envelope was a letter from Steve Jobs speaking of his cancer fight and how he wished Rebecca a quick recovery. Also in this envelope was six Pixar prints signed by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, and Joe Ranft (a fellow cancer sufferer). Each of these men had written a letter to Rebecca wishing her well.

Jobs did not have to go to this kind of trouble, but he did anyway. Steve Jobs was not a man known for his public charity and many people think he was driven by selfishness and greed. But this act goes against that idea for me. This was most certainly a positive, selfless, and charitable act.

Joe Ranft passed away in a horrible car crash a few years ago and Jobs died today. This story is how I will remember Steve Jobs. Not for the technological advances he promoted. Not for the leaps and bounds that he funded. Not for the boundaries pushed. Of course our world would not be as advanced as it is now without him. Without Jobs we would not have personal computers in almost every home. We wouldn’t have intuitive personal tech devices. Sure, other companies came up with the technology, but Apple made it easy.

I was blown away by this when it happened. Rebecca treasured these letters and autographs and they infused positivity into her life. Eventually Rebecca recovered through chemo and radiotherapy. I don’t know if she even remembers getting this package (she was never much of a movie freak as me), but I know she has the letters somewhere. I know they meant something at the time. I know they mean something to me now.

What are some great stories about Steve Jobs?

How can a failed entrepreneur survive with no friends, no investors, no job and no money?

Answer by Leonard Kim:

Back at the end of 2010, I had my Lexus taken back and was being kicked out of my 2,600 square foot loft. I was spending all my money on Jameson and spending all my time watching movies off a projector on my wall. I reached a point where I had basically given up on life and was ready to go homeless. No more friends. No more business. No more investors. No more money. Free to live and roam free under a bridge for the rest of my life. Oh how joyous that day would have been. Yet it never came.
I called my mom and told her I was going homeless. She called my grandma. My grandma forced me to live with her for like nine months or something until I was able to mentally live on my own again.
You can always call family. They may put a roof over your head and feed you when you have nothing. That is what my grandma did.
You can also go to the DPSS (Department of Social Services) and get food stamps and welfare checks.
You can stay in bed and watch the world pass you by while you stay stuck and frozen in place. I did that before. It is not too bad, until the collectors start calling and taking your stuff.
But would an entrepreneur really do that?
Highly unlikely.
Instead, they would probably do what Nick Malik said. They would:

Get a job, save some money, make friends and look for opportunities to start over. This time, with the lessons learned to make you better.

(Sorry for kind of stealing your answer Nick. I hope you do not mind. P.S Upvote his answer, not mine.)
After I had freeloaded for about 9 months off grandma, in mid 2011, I took a small loan for a few hundred bucks from my friend, moved back to Los Angeles to live on a sofa, found a job and started over. After two or three months, I paid my friend back.
After about six months of partying and experiencing a few tragedies, I started to put my life together. In 2012, I started living below my means and saving as much money as I could. Then in mid 2013, I took it upon myself to try out an opportunity to start over by writing online and created incoming opportunities and made genuine new friends.
Actually, the opportunity of writing on Quora gave me so much momentum, I was able to take close to six months off in between March and August of this year to figure out what I really wanted to do with my life. I used that time to scour through my incoming opportunities, while I was battling the fear and worries of not achieving anything before the age of 30.
Coincidentally, this lapse of time also gave me time to deal with my own lack of self confidence, which I have finally been able to truly overcome, with all the blessings that have come into my life. It also gave me the opportunity to meet face to face with my mentor earlier this year, whom later had invited me to do a podcast on his show.
Now I have money saved, I have genuine friends across the globe, I am able to employ a 16 year old girl to work for me, I wrote a book, got featured in a few publications and have been receiving consulting, branding and content marketing gigs from other businesses. Oh, and my investment manager actually earned me a pretty decent return in the last few weeks.
Not to mention, I now have thousands of inbox messages to filter through with opportunities ranging from piss poor to amazing and everything in between. Sure, there is a little hate and jealousy here and there, but the positivity of the messages I receive and the impact I have made on the lives of others (from what they tell me) is always a rewarding experience.
Yay! I did it! I did something with my life before I was 30! All because I followed Nick Malik's simple, yet profound advice!
Anyway, it is funny how such simple advice like that works, is it not?
P.S. I'm probably going to release a few other books sometime this year or late next year, in regards to online harassment, branding yourself and how to not get promoted a corporate job. Maybe even a book on how to overcome impostor syndrome as well.

How can a failed entrepreneur survive with no friends, no investors, no job and no money?