Factors are those things that influence a person in his field of work, studies and his way of life. Everyone has a factor. Everyone needs something that will serve as his or her motivation to produce an outcome or product out of something.
Steve Jobs, like everyone else, had succeeded in achieving his dreams not because he was selfish or just perfectly genius. He was a successful man because there were many factors that contributed to his success. And there were factors as well that contributed to his failures as a technopreneur.
“I don’t want you to think of this as just a film – some process of converting electrons and magnetic impulses into shapes and figures and sounds – no. Listen to me. We’re here to make a dent in the universe. Otherwise, why even be here? We’re creating a completely new consciousness, like an artist or a poet. We’re rewriting the history of human thought with what we’re doing. That’s how you have to think of this.” — Steve Jobs
As I have watched the movie “Pirates of the Silicon Valley“, I was surprised by the life of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. Let us, however, focus on Steve Jobs first. This reflection will let us see what the factors are that contributed to Steve Jobs success and failures.
Ability to see a gold through a rock.
Steve Jobs was, according to his friend Wozniak, never like us. He was the kind of person who always saw things differently, so his level of thinking was never ordinary. One of the factors that contributed to his success was his level of thinking, his different approach and the way he saw things in a different way. Most of us when we see a delicious egg pie on a table we think of how delicious the pie must be, we think of wanting to eat the pie and how hungry we are. That’s how we usually think. Steve Jobs, however, was the kind of person who had thoughts beyond that. He was that person who wondered who had baked the pie, what the ingredients were and how they were made, and most importantly, if the pie would be salable enough to produce a profit. That’s how Steve Jobs thinks. That’s how he saw things differently. While most people think how hungry they must be, Steve Jobs thinks how to make something to satisfy their needs. In a way or another, Steve Jobs eyes’ had the potential to see some valuable gold behind a stupid rock. This one factor had contributed a lot to his success in his career.
He had a great self-motivation.
Steve Jobs did not want to stay stagnant. He wanted a change. A change that would rewrite the history of how mankind thinks. He did not limit his self to change his country, or make impact to his local neighbors, no, Steve Jobs was never like that—he had set his mind to make a universal change. He wanted a revolution. To Steve Jobs, a change was not enough, he wanted to create a completely new consciousness. He had this thought pattern that was always one step ahead of us. And because of his self-motivation, his confidence grew like never before. Because he had so much protein in his brain, he used them up in a way that would benefit not only him but for the entire globe.
Determination and Focus
Another factor that benefited Steve Jobs was his level of determination and the ability to focus. Steve Jobs was a very determined person. Determination is actually a great factor that will aid a person in his technopreneurial skills. It was his friend, Wozniak, that built the computer, but it was Steve Jobs’ genius that sells it. If it was not for Jobs’ determination to make a sale, Wozniak’s computer wouldn’t make it on top. They’d not get rich. Steve Jobs became obsessive about computers, and he had a great determination to wipe out the enemy, IBM. When the bankers and business men turned down their loan request for their fledgling Apple Computers company, Steve and Wozniak did not stop there. There! That said it—Steve Jobs determination to pursue his dream did not end when other people rejected it, but instead, it led him to pursue even harder. Until such time a capitalist named Mike Markkula offered them the loan. It was the common used quotation, after all, ‘try and try until you succeed,’ isn’t it?
Steve Jobs, on the other hand, was a man on focus. Since he was a determined person he had envisioned himself to focus on his work, on his field, on his desire to achieve that change—that something that would advance the universe. And he did.
Steve Jobs determination made him a risk-taker. That was one of the factors that contributed to his success. He wasn’t afraid to grab the challenge, and he was always prepared to fail. But his determination to succeed was far more greater than his preparedness to fail, that was why, he effortlessly overcame the failure. If he allowed the failure to devour his dream, he wouldn’t be able to make it. Steve Jobs battled carefully. He was committed to an idea or any product to make it successful. Steve Jobs had his own philosophy when it comes to his field—he had his own vision, execution, and he had a focus without getting afraid of the possible risks. And because of these factors, Steve Jobs succeeded.
The People Around Him
The help he got from his employees, their hard work, their assistance, and their 90+ hours of work every week had contributed a lot to Steve Jobs success. If it weren’t for them, Steve Jobs couldn’t make it. Because even though he was a genius, Steve needed a workforce. He could not do it on his own. He needed a team. His team contributed a lot to his success.
Nonetheless, we all know that behind every success there is a failure. We all know of the success of Steve Jobs, and that how he became a history behind the Apple computers. But apart from that, Jobs, like every other technopreneurs in this world of technology, had also encountered failures in his life.
Prideful and too confident
In the movie Pirates of the Silicon Valley, we had seen how Steve Jobs had become too confident and proud of his ability, to the point that he unnecessarily humiliate his employees. Steve Jobs was a proud man, and well, he had the reason to become proud. But his too much pride and his too much confidence had also contributed to his failure in his technopreneurship journey. It is said that the pride of man is also the fall of man.
Lack of communication
He failed to communicate to his people, to his employees, and he failed to understand that they were also humans capable of making mistakes. Steve Jobs looked at himself, of what he had greatly done, but he failed to look at the persons…of their feelings.
He had the temper. And he was insanely great. His greatness did also lead him to his failure as a good leader. In fact, as I have understood it, Bill Gates was a greater leader than Steve. Bill Gates was a smooth talker while Steve Jobs was most of the time rude, if not harsh. We all have tempers. Steve Jobs had one, too. But because he was insanely great as other people describe him so, Steve Jobs’ temper was never like us. His temper and menace was one of the factors of his failures.
Steve Jobs was, of course, self-obsessed. To him his well-being was more important than others. He was too confident to the point that he refused to acknowledge his own mistakes. It was put on display when he denied his daughter. He did not acknowledge that his girlfriend was pregnant by him. It was more controversial since Steve Jobs himself was an orphan, in fact, he had spent much of his adult life looking for his real mother. This part of his life was one of the failures of Jobs.
Because he was self-obsessed, and too proud, and that he had a temper, they all contributed to his failure. Before he was successful, he failed. Steve Jobs, like everybody else, was once a product of a failure.