Steve Jobs: the Man Who Thought Different Book Review
Think Different “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life” (253). The man who changed the world of technology said this in front of thousands of Stanford graduates. All of the interesting work and his life was written in a biography called Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal. Blumenthal included everything about Jobs from birth to death in this book. The title of the book came from Apple advertisements that said “Think Different. ” The main character of the book was obviously Steve Jobs. Jobs was the co-founder of Apple Inc. NeXT, and Pixar and he was able to do all that because he was the man who thought different. Anyone who owns an Apple product or has seen many of the famous movies created by Pixar, this book is a must-read. Blumenthal goes into deep details about Jobs’s life and how he started out in his garage and became a billionaire. It all started when Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955 Jobs was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs and had a difficult childhood because he was bullied for skipping a grade. Because of this, he had to move to different schools.
Jobs had a passion for technology at a young age. “He and another friend would go to the Hewlett-Packard Explorers Club, where they gatherer to hear engineers talk about their work” (24). Jobs met a man named Steve Wozniak, or Woz. Woz was five years older than Jobs, but they made a great team. Jobs attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, but dropped out after the first semester because he became a hippie and his grades were going down. A few years later, Jobs created Apple with Woz and announced their first computer that was made in Jobs’s garage.
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Later on Woz quits and Jobs ran the company by himself. Apple released several computers before Steve Jobs got fired because “he hired the wrong guy” (146). Jobs was very upset, but got over it by creating a new company called NeXT. NeXT was a company similar to apple that created computers. Unfortunately, it was nowhere close to competing with Apple. Jobs also co-founded Pixar, which was a company that animated famous films like Toy Story and Monster Inc.. Without Jobs, Apple was falling apart. In 1996, Apple agrees to buy NeXT for more than $400 million.
Apple didn’t buy just NeXT, but they also bought Steve Jobs back. Jobs became the chief executive and Apple’s a multi-billion dollar company thanks to products like the iMac and iPods. Jobs said, “Getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. Blumenthal says, “ In an almost unbelievable way, the dots had connected again. Jobs had been thrown out of Apple, started a company that struggled, and then sold that company to Apple, his first love, where he was now in charge.
Of course, none of it would have happened had he not been fired” (197). In 2003, a rare tumor called the neuroendocrine tumor was found in Steve Jobs’s pancreas. Jobs kept avoiding his doctor and surgeries. But 9 months after the tumor was found, he finally agreed to have surgery. The surgery was successful and gave Jobs another six to seven years to live. Blumenthal said about his situation, “The prospect of death kept him focused on what was most important to him, prompting him to shift direction when he stopped making the most of each day” (246).
Jobs took several medical leaves from Apple and finally, he resigns from Apple on August 24, 2011. This left many people worried if Jobs was going to be okay; he was not. A little under two months later, he passed away and the whole world was distraught by his death. Karen Blumenthal is a great author who also wrote the book Bootleg. Not only does she write books, but she also is a journalist for The Wall Street Journal for twenty-five years. She has followed Steve’s career for over three decades to write this autobiography.
The book is packed with a bunch of information many people did not know about. She got in touch with many people who were affiliated with Steve Jobs in some way. Blumenthal got information from those people and put it in her biography. All of her hard work has brought together this wonderful book that tells about a wonderful man Karen Blumenthal was the perfect person to write this biography. The way Blumenthal described every detail of Steve’s life made me feel that everyone has the potential of becoming of who they truly want to be.
All it takes is dedication and being a hard working person. My dream is to become a developer for Apple and reading this book made me feel determined. With the epic amount of detail writer Karen Blumenthal put into the Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different, the biography is something I would definitely recommend. Instead of reading another fiction story, read this biography of a man who changed not only the world, but my life as well. The book shows how Steve Jobs brought many products into this world that change the way we view technology.