Sunday, September 11, 2016

Nick Vujicic~ "Attitude is Altitude"

Nicholas James "Nick" Vujicic (/ˈvujii/ VOO-yee-cheech;[1] Serbian pronunciation: [ʋûjitʃitɕ]); born 4 December 1982[2]) is an Australian Christian evangelist and motivational speaker born with Phocomelia,[3] a rare disorder characterised by the absence of all four limbs.

As a child, he struggled mentally and emotionally as well as physically, but eventually came to terms with his disability.

He presents motivational speeches worldwide which focus on life with a disability and finding hope and meaning in life.

During secondary school, Vujicic was elected captain of Runcorn State High School in Queensland and worked with the student council on fundraising events for local charities and disability campaigns.

When he was seventeen, he started to give talks at his prayer group[4] and later founded his non-profit organisation, Life Without Limbs.

Vujicic has written that he keeps a pair of shoes in his closet due to his belief in miracles.[5]

In 1990 he won the Australian young citizen award for his bravery and perseverance. In 2005 he was nominated for the Young Australian of the Year Award.[6]

Nick Vujicic
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Vujicic speaking at a school in Florida in November 2015
Born Nicholas James Vujicic
4 December 1982 (age 33)
Melbourne, Australia
Ethnicity Serbian Australian
Education Bachelor's degrees in accounting and financial planning
Alma mater Griffith University
Occupation Evangelist, motivational speaker
Religion Christian
Spouse(s) Kanae Miyahara (m. 2012)
Children 2




Vujicic graduated from Griffith University at the age of 21 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with a double major in accountancy and financial planning.

Subsequently he became a motivational speaker, traveling internationally and focusing on teenage problems.

Having addressed over three million people in almost 57 countries on five continents,[7] he speaks to corporate audiences, congregations and schools.


After begging God to grow arms and legs, Vujicic eventually began to realise that his accomplishments were inspirational to many and began to thank God for being alive.

A key turning point in his life was when his mother showed him a newspaper article about a man dealing with a severe disability.

This led him to realize he was not the only one with major struggles.

When he was seventeen, he started to give talks.


Vujicic speaking during the session "Inspired for a Lifetime" at the Annual Meeting 2011 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on 30 January 2011
Vujicic promotes his work through television shows and through his writing. His first book, Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life, was published by Random House in 2010.

He markets a motivational DVD, Life's Greater Purpose, a short documentary filmed in 2005. The second part of the DVD was filmed at his local church in Brisbane – one of his first professional motivational speeches.

He markets a DVD for young people titled No Arms, No Legs, No Worries!.[8]

In March 2008, Vujicic was interviewed by Bob Cummings for the 20/20 American television show.

Vujicic starred in the short film The Butterfly Circus, which won the Doorpost Film Project's top prize of 2009.[9]

In 2010, the film also won two awards as the Best Short Film at the 2010 Method Fest Independent Film Festival.

At the same film festival, he was awarded Best Actor in Short Film for his starring performance as Will.[10]  

Butterfly Circus also won the best short film award at The Feel Good Film Festival in Hollywood in 2010.[11]

Vujicic is a motivational speaker with TED.[12][13]

Private life

Vujicic's parents were born in Serbia; his father Borislav Vujičić left in 1969, his mother Dušanka in 1964.[14]

On 12 February 2012, Vujicic married Kanae Miyahara.

Their first son, Kiyoshi James, was born in 2013, while a second, Dejan Levi, was born in August 2015.


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Monday, July 18, 2016

Jim Rohn - See Things That Don't Exist

Emanuel James "Jim" Rohn (September 17, 1930 – December 5, 2009) was an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker.
His rags to riches story played a large part in his work, which influenced others in the personal development industry.
Jim Rohn
Born Emanuel James Rohn
September 17, 1930
Yakima, Washington
Died December 5, 2009 (aged 79)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker


Rohn started his professional life by working as a stock clerk for department store Sears. Around this time, a friend invited him to a lecture given by entrepreneur John Earl Shoaff. In 1955, Rohn joined Shoaff's direct selling business AbundaVita as a distributor.

In 1957, Rohn resigned his distributorship with AbundaVita and joined Nutri-Bio, another direct selling company. It was at this point that the company's founders, including Shoaff, started to mentor him.[citation needed]

After this mentorship, Rohn built one of the largest organizations in the company. In 1960 when Nutri-Bio expanded into Canada, Shoaff and the other founders selected Rohn as a vice president for the organization.

After Nutri-Bio went out of business in the early 1960s, Rohn was invited to speak at a meeting of his Rotary Club. He accepted and, soon, others began asking him to speak at various luncheons and other events.

 In 1963 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, he gave his first public seminar. He then began presenting seminars all over the country, telling his story and teaching his personal development philosophy.

Throughout the 1970s, Rohn conducted a number of seminars for Standard Oil. At the same time, he participated in a personal development business called "Adventures in Achievement", which featured both live seminars as well as personal development workshops. He presented seminars worldwide for more than 40 years.

Rohn mentored Mark R. Hughes (the founder of Herbalife International) and motivational speaker Tony Robbins in the late 1970s.[citation needed]

Others who credit Rohn for his influence on their careers include authors Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup book series), author/lecturer Brian Tracy, and T. Harv Eker.[citation needed]

Motivational speaker Chris Widener's book Twelve Pillars was co-authored with Rohn.
Rohn was the recipient of the 1985 National Speakers Association CPAE Award for excellence in speaking. He is also the author of 17 different written, audio, and video media.

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Steve Jobs's Top 10 Rules for Success

Steven Paul "Steve" Jobs (/ˈɒbz/; February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American information technology entrepreneur and inventor.

He was the co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer (CEO) of Apple Inc.; CEO and largest shareholder of Pixar Animation Studios;[3] a member of The Walt Disney Company's board of directors following its acquisition of Pixar; and founder, chairman, and CEO of NeXT Inc.

Jobs is widely recognized as a pioneer of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s, along with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Shortly after his death, Jobs's official biographer, Walter Isaacson, described him as the "creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing."[2]

Adopted at birth in San Francisco, and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1960s, Jobs's countercultural lifestyle was a product of his time.

As a senior at Homestead High School in Cupertino, California, his two closest friends were the older engineering student (and Homestead High alumnus) Wozniak and his countercultural girlfriend, the artistically inclined Homestead High junior Chrisann Brennan.

Jobs briefly attended Reed College in 1972 before dropping out, deciding to travel through India in 1974 and study Buddhism.

Jobs co-founded Apple in 1976 to sell Wozniak's Apple I personal computer.

The duo gained fame and wealth a year later for the Apple II, one of the first highly successful mass-produced personal computers.

In 1979, after a tour of Xerox PARC, Jobs saw the commercial potential of the Xerox Alto, which was mouse-driven and had a graphical user interface (GUI).

This led to development of the failed Apple Lisa in 1983, followed by the successful Macintosh in 1984.

In addition to being the first mass-produced computer with a GUI, the Macintosh instigated the sudden rise of the desktop publishing industry in 1985 with the addition of the Apple LaserWriter, the first laser printer to feature vector graphics.

Following a long power struggle, Jobs was forced out of Apple in 1985.[4]

After leaving Apple, Jobs took a few of its members with him to found NeXT, a computer platform development company specializing in state-of-the-art computers for higher-education and business markets.

In addition, Jobs helped to initiate the development of the visual effects industry when he funded the spinout of the computer graphics division of George Lucas's company Lucasfilm in 1986.[5]

The new company, Pixar, would eventually produce the first fully computer-animated film, Toy Story—an event made possible in part because of Jobs's financial support.

In 1997, Apple purchased NeXT, allowing Jobs to become the former's CEO once again.

He would return the company, which was on the verge of bankruptcy, back to profitability.

Beginning in 1997 with the "Think different" advertising campaign, Jobs worked closely with designer Jonathan Ive to develop a line of products that would have larger cultural ramifications: the iMac, iTunes, Apple Stores, the iPod, the iTunes Store, the iPhone, the App Store, and the iPad. Mac OS was also revamped into Mac OS X, based on NeXT's NeXTSTEP platform.

Jobs was diagnosed with a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor in 2003 and died of respiratory arrest related to the tumor on October 5, 2011.

Steve Jobs
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Jobs in 2007
Born Steven Paul Jobs
February 24, 1955
San Francisco, California
Died October 5, 2011 (aged 56)
Palo Alto, California
Cause of death Pancreatic cancer and respiratory arrest
Nationality American
Ethnicity German and Syrian
  • Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc.
  • Primary investor and CEO of Pixar
  • Founder and CEO of NeXT
Known for Pioneer of the personal computer revolution with Steve Wozniak
Board member of
Religion Zen Buddhism (previously Lutheran)[2]
Spouse(s) Laurene Powell (m. 1991; his death 2011)
Partner(s) Chrisann Brennan
  • Lisa Brennan-Jobs (with Chrisann, b. 1978)
  • Reed (with Laurene, b. 1991)
  • Erin (with Laurene, b. 1995)
  • Eve (with Laurene, b. 1998)
  • Paul and Clara Jobs (adoptive parents)
  • Joanne Schieble Simpson and Abdulfattah Jandali (biological parents)
  • Mona Simpson (biological sister)
  • Patricia "Patty" Jobs (adopted sister)




Jobs's adoptive father, Paul Reinhold Jobs (1922–1993),[6] grew up in a Calvinist household,[7] the son of an "alcoholic and sometimes abusive" father.[2]

The family lived on a farm in Germantown, Wisconsin.[2][7]

Paul, ostensibly bearing a resemblance to James Dean, had tattoos, dropped out of high school, and traveled around the midwest for several years during the 1930s looking for work.[2][7]

He eventually joined the United States Coast Guard as an engine-room machinist.[7]

After World War II, Paul Jobs decided to leave the Coast Guard when it docked in San Francisco.[7]

He made a bet that he would find his wife in San Francisco and promptly went on a blind date with Clara Hagopian (1924–1986).[8]

They were engaged ten days later and married in 1946.[2]

Clara, the daughter of Armenian immigrants, grew up in San Francisco and had been married before, but her husband had been killed in the war.

After a series of moves, Paul and Clara settled in San Francisco's Sunset District in 1952.[2]

As a hobby, Paul Jobs rebuilt cars, but as a career he was a "repo man", which suited his "aggressive, tough personality."[7]

Meanwhile, their attempts to start a family were halted after Clara had an ectopic pregnancy, leading them to explore adoption in 1955.[2]

Steve Jobs's biological father, Abdulfattah "John" Jandali (b. 1931), was born into a Muslim household and grew up in Homs, Syria.[9]

Jandali is the son of a self-made millionaire who did not go to college and a mother who was a traditional housewife.[9]

While an undergraduate at the American University of Beirut, he was a student activist and spent time in jail for his political activities.[9]

Although Jandali initially wanted to study law, he eventually decided to study economics and political science.[9]

He pursued a PhD in the latter subject at the University of Wisconsin, where he met Joanne Carole Schieble, a Catholic of Swiss and German descent, who grew up on a farm in Wisconsin.[2][9][10]

As a doctoral candidate, Jandali was a teaching assistant for a course Schieble was taking, although both were the same age.[11]

Mona Simpson (Jobs's biological sister), notes that her maternal grandparents were not happy that their daughter was dating Jandali: "it wasn't that he was Middle-Eastern so much as that he was a Muslim.

But there are a lot of Arabs in Michigan and Wisconsin. So it's not that unusual."[11]

Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs's official biographer, additionally states that Schieble's father "threatened to cut Joanne off completely" if she continued the relationship.[2]


"Of all the inventions of humans, the computer is going to rank near or at the top as history unfolds and we look back. It is the most awesome tool that we have ever invented. I feel incredibly lucky to be at exactly the right place in Silicon Valley, at exactly the right time, historically, where this invention has taken form."
—Steve Jobs, 1995. From the documentary, Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview.[12]
Schieble became pregnant in 1954 when she and Jandali spent the summer with his family in Homs, Syria. Jandali has stated that he "was very much in love with Joanne ... but sadly, her father was a tyrant, and forbade her to marry me, as I was from Syria.

And so she told me she wanted to give the baby up for adoption."[13]

Jobs told his official biographer that Schieble's father was dying at the time, Schieble did not want to aggravate him, and both felt that at 23 they were too young to marry.[2]

In addition, as there was a strong stigma against bearing a child out of wedlock and raising it as a single mother, and as abortions were illegal and dangerous, adoption was the only option women had in the United States in 1954.[7]

According to Jandali, Schieble deliberately did not involve him in the process: "without telling me, Joanne upped and left to move to San Francisco to have the baby without anyone knowing, including me ... she did not want to bring shame onto the family and thought this was the best for everyone.”[13]

Schieble put herself in the care of a “doctor who sheltered unwed mothers, delivered their babies, and quietly arranged closed adoptions.”[2]

Schieble gave birth to Jobs on February 24, 1955, in San Francisco, and chose an adoptive couple for him that was "Catholic, well-educated, and wealthy."[14]

That couple, however, changed their mind and decided to adopt a girl instead.[14]

When the baby boy was then placed with the Bay Area blue collar couple Paul and Clara Jobs, neither of whom had a college education, Schieble refused to sign the adoption papers.[2]

She then took the matter to court, attempting to have her baby placed with a different family[14] and only consented to releasing the baby to Paul and Clara after they promised that he would attend college.[2]

When Jobs was in high school, Clara admitted to his then-girlfriend, 17-year-old Chrisann Brennan, that she "was too frightened to love [Steve] for the first six months of his life ... I was scared they were going to take him away from me.

Even after we won the case, Steve was so difficult a child that by the time he was two I felt we had made a mistake. I wanted to return him."[14]

When Chrisann shared this comment with Jobs, he stated that he was aware of it[14] and would later say that he was deeply loved and indulged by Paul and Clara.[15]

Many years later, Jobs's wife Laurene also noted that "he felt he had been really blessed by having the two of them as parents."[15]

Jobs would become upset when Paul and Clara were referred to as "adoptive parents" as they "were my parents 1,000%."[2]

With regard to his biological parents, Jobs referred to them as "my sperm and egg bank.

That's not harsh, it's just the way it was, a sperm bank thing, nothing more."[2]

Jandali has also stated that "I really am not his dad. Mr. and Mrs. Jobs are, as they raised him. And I don't want to take their place."[13]


"I always thought of myself as a humanities person as a kid, but I liked electronics … then I read something that one of my heroes, Edwin Land of Polaroid, said about the importance of people who could stand at the intersection of humanities and sciences, and I decided that's what I wanted to do."
—Steve Jobs[2]
Paul and Clara adopted Jobs's sister Patricia in 1957[2] and the family moved to Mountain View, California in 1961.[7]

It was during this time that Paul built a workbench in his garage for his son in order to "pass along his love of mechanics."[2]

Jobs meanwhile admired his father's craftsmanship "because he knew how to build anything. If we needed a cabinet, he would build it.

When he built our fence, he gave me a hammer so I could work with him ... I wasn't that into fixing cars ... but I was eager to hang out with my dad."[2]

By the time he was ten, Jobs was deeply involved in electronics and befriended many of the engineers who lived in the neighborhood.[7]

He had difficulty making friends with children his own age, however, and was seen by his classmates as a "loner."[7]

Home of Paul and Clara Jobs, on Crist Drive in Los Altos, California.
Childhood home of Steve Jobs in Los Altos, California that served as the original site of Apple Computer. The home was added to a list of historic Los Altos sites in 2013.[16]

As Jobs had difficulty functioning in a traditional classroom and tended to resist authority figures, he frequently misbehaved and was suspended a few times.[7]

As Clara had taught him to read as a toddler, Jobs stated that he was "pretty bored in school and [had] turned into a little terror... you should have seen us in the third grade, we basically destroyed the teacher."[7]

At Monta Loma Elementary school in Mountain View, he frequently played pranks on others.[2]

However, his father (who was abused as a child) never reprimanded him, blaming the school instead for not challenging his brilliant son enough.[2]

Jobs would later credit his fourth grade teacher, Imogene 'Teddy' Hill with turning him around: "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. She would say, 'I really want you to finish this workbook. I'll give you five bucks if you finish it.'

That really kindled a passion in me for learning things! I learned more that year than I think I learned in any other year in school.

They wanted me to skip the next two years in grade school and go straight to junior high to learn a foreign language but my parents very wisely wouldn't let it happen."[7]

Jobs skipped the fifth grade and transferred to the sixth grade at Crittenden Middle School in Mountain View[7] where he became a "socially awkward loner."[2]

Jobs "was often bullied" and gave his parents an ultimatum: they had to either take him out of Crittenden or he would drop out of school.

 Although the Jobs family was not well off, they used all of their savings to buy a new home.

Thus in 1967,[7] the Jobs family moved to a three-bedroom home on Crist Drive in Los Altos, California which was in the better Cupertino School District, Cupertino, California[2] (in 2013 when it was owned by Patty and occupied by Jobs's step-mother Marilyn, this home – the first site for Apple Computer – was declared a historic site).[16][17]

The new house was embedded in an environment that was even more heavily populated with engineering families than the Mountain View home.[7]

Bill Fernandez, a fellow electronics hobbyist who was in the same grade as him at Cupertino Junior High, was his first friend after the move.

Fernandez later commented that "for some reason the kids in the eighth grade didn't like [Jobs] because they thought he was odd.

I was one of his few friends." Fernandez eventually introduced Jobs to 18-year-old electronics whiz and Homestead High alumn Steve Wozniak, who lived across the street from Fernandez.

In mid-1968 when he was 13, Jobs was given a summer job by Bill Hewlett (of Hewlett Packard) after Jobs cold-called him to ask for parts for an electronics project: "He didn't know me at all, but he ended up giving me some parts and he got me a job that summer working at Hewlett-Packard on the line, assembling frequency counters...well, assembling may be too strong.

I was putting in screws. It didn't matter; I was in heaven."[7]

Homestead High

The zoning location of the Los Altos home meant that Jobs would be able to attend Homestead High School in (and with strong ties to) Silicon Valley.[2]

He began his first year there in late 1968 along with Fernandez.[7]

Neither Jobs nor Fernandez (whose father was a lawyer) came from engineering households and thus decided to enroll in John McCollum's "Electronics 1."[7]

McCollum and the rebellious Jobs (who had grown his hair long and become involved in the growing counterculture) would eventually clash and Jobs began to lose interest in the class.

He also had no interest in sports and would later say that he didn't have what it took to "be a jock. I was always a loner."[7]

He underwent a change during mid-1970: "I got stoned for the first time; I discovered Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas, and all that classic stuff. I read Moby Dick and went back as a junior taking creative writing classes."[7]

Jobs also later noted to his official biographer that "I started to listen to music a whole lot, and I started to read more outside of just science and technology— Shakespeare, Plato.

I loved King Lear ... when I was a senior I had this phenomenal AP English class.

The teacher was this guy who looked like Ernest Hemingway.

He took a bunch of us snowshoeing in Yosemite."

From that point, Jobs developed two different circles of friends: those who were involved in electronics and engineering and those who were interested in art and literature.[2]

These dual interests were particularly reflected during Jobs's senior year as his best friends were Wozniak and his first girlfriend, the artistic Homestead junior Chrisann Brennan.[14]

In 1971 after Wozniak began University of California, Berkeley, Jobs began to visit him in Berkeley a few times a week.

This experience led him to study in nearby Stanford University's student union.

Jobs also decided that rather than join the electronics club, he would put on light shows with a friend for Homestead's avant-garde Jazz program.

He was described by a Homestead classmate as "kind of a brain and kind of a hippie ... but he never fit into either group.

He was smart enough to be a nerd, but wasn't nerdy. And he was too intellectual for the hippies, who just wanted to get wasted all the time.

He was kind of an outsider.

In high school everything revolved around what group you were in. and if you weren't in a carefully defined group, you weren't anybody.

He was an individual, in a world where individuality was suspect."

By his senior year in Fall 1971, he was taking freshman English class at Stanford and working on a Homestead underground film project with Chrisann.[7]

In mid-1972, after graduation and before leaving for Reed College, Jobs and Brennan rented a house from their other roommate, Al.[14][18]

During the summer, Brennan, Jobs, and Steve Wozniak found an advertisement posted on the De Anza College bulletin board for a job that required people to dress up as characters from Alice in Wonderland.

Brennan portrayed Alice while Wozniak, Jobs, and Al portrayed the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter.[14]

Reed College

"I was interested in Eastern mysticism which hit the shores about then. At Reed there was a constant flow of people stopping by – from Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert, to Gary Snyder. There was a constant flow of intellectual questioning about the truth of life. That was the time when every college student in the country read Be Here Now and Diet for a Small Planet."
—Steve Jobs[7]
Later in the year, Jobs enrolled at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

Reed was an expensive college which Paul and Clara could ill afford.

They were spending much of their life savings on their son's higher education.[2]

Brennan remained involved with Jobs while he was at Reed College.

She also met his Reed friend Daniel Kottke for the first time.[14]

Jobs also became friends with Reed's student body president Robert Friedland.[7]

Brennan (who was now a senior at Homestead) did not have plans to attend college, and was supportive of Jobs when he told her he planned to drop out of Reed because he did not want to spend his parents' money on it (neither her father nor Jobs's adoptive parents had gone to college).

He continued to attend by auditing classes, including a course on calligraphy, but since he was no longer an official student, Brennan stopped visiting him.

Jobs later asked her to come and live with him in a house he rented near the Reed campus, but she refused.

He had started seeing other women, and she was interested in someone she met in her art class. Brennan speculates that the house was Jobs's attempt to make their relationship monogamous again.[14]

In a 2005 commencement speech for Stanford University, Jobs states that during this period, he slept on the floor in friends' dorm rooms, returned Coke bottles for food money, and got weekly free meals at the local Hare Krishna temple.

In that same speech, Jobs said: "If I had never dropped in on that single calligraphy course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts."[19]


I was lucky to get into computers when it was a very young and idealistic industry. There weren't many degrees offered in computer science, so people in computers were brilliant people from mathematics, physics, music, zoology, whatever. They loved it, and no one was really in it for the money [...] There are people around here who start companies just to make money, but the great companies, well, that's not what they're about."
—Steve Jobs[20]


In 1973, Steve Wozniak designed his own version of the classic video game Pong.

After finishing it, Wozniak gave the board to Jobs, who then took the game down to Atari, Inc. in Los Gatos, California.

Atari thought that Jobs had built it and gave him a job as a technician.[21][22]

Atari's cofounder Nolan Bushnell later described him as "difficult but valuable", pointing out that "he was very often the smartest guy in the room, and he would let people know that."[23]

In mid-1972, Jobs moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area and was renting his own apartment.

Brennan states by this point that their "relationship was complicated.

I couldn't break the connection and I couldn't commit. Steve couldn't either."

Jobs hitchhiked and worked around the West Coast and Brennan would occasionally join him.

At the same time, Brennan notes, "little by little, Steve and I separated. But we were never able to fully let go.

We never talked about breaking up or going our separate ways and we didn't have that conversation where one person says it's over."

They continued to grow apart, but Jobs would still seek her out, and visit her while she was working in a health food store or as a live-in babysitter.

They remained involved with each other while continuing to see other people.[14]

By early 1973, Jobs was living what Brennan describes as a "simple life" in a Los Gatos cabin, working at Atari, and saving money for his impending trip to India.

Brennan visited him twice at the cabin. She states in her memoir that her memories of this cabin consist of Jobs reading Be Here Now (and giving her a copy), listening to South Indian music, and using a Japanese meditation pillow.

Brennan felt that he was more distant and negative toward her. Brennan states in her memoir that she met with Jobs right before he left for India and that he tried to give her a $100 bill that he had earned at Atari.

She initially refused to accept it but eventually accepted the money.[24]

Jobs traveled to India in mid-1974[25] to visit Neem Karoli Baba[26] at his Kainchi ashram with his Reed friend (and eventual Apple employee) Daniel Kottke, in search of spiritual enlightenment.

When they got to the Neem Karoli ashram, it was almost deserted because Neem Karoli Baba had died in September 1973.[22]

Then they made a long trek up a dry riverbed to an ashram of Haidakhan Babaji.

In India, they spent a lot of time on bus rides from Delhi to Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.[22]

After staying for seven months, Jobs left India[27] and returned to the US ahead of Daniel Kottke.[22]

Jobs had changed his appearance; his head was shaved and he wore traditional Indian clothing.[28][29]

During this time, Jobs experimented with psychedelics, later calling his LSD experiences "one of the two or three most important things [he had] done in [his] life."[30][31]

He spent a period at the All One Farm, a commune in Oregon and Brennan joined him there for a period.[14]

During this time period, both Jobs and Brennan became practitioners of Zen Buddhism through the Zen master Kōbun Chino Otogawa.

Jobs was living with his parents again, in their backyard toolshed which he had converted into a bedroom with a sleeping bag, mat, books, a candle, and a meditation pillow.[14]

Jobs engaged in lengthy meditation retreats at the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the oldest Sōtō Zen monastery in the US.[32]

He considered taking up monastic residence at Eihei-ji in Japan, and maintained a lifelong appreciation for Zen.[33]

Jobs would later say that people around him who did not share his countercultural roots could not fully relate to his thinking.[30]

Jobs then returned to Atari and was assigned to create a circuit board for the arcade video game Breakout.

According to Bushnell, Atari offered US$100 for each TTL chip that was eliminated in the machine. Jobs had little specialized knowledge of circuit board design and made a deal with Wozniak to split the fee evenly between them if Wozniak could minimize the number of chips.

Much to the amazement of Atari engineers, Wozniak reduced the TTL count to 46, a design so tight that it was impossible to reproduce on an assembly line.[34]

 According to Wozniak, Jobs told him that Atari gave them only $700 (instead of the $5,000 paid out), and that Wozniak's share was thus $350.[35]

Wozniak did not learn about the actual bonus until ten years later, but said that if Jobs had told him about it and explained that he needed the money, Wozniak would have given it to him.[36]

Wozniak had designed a low-cost digital "blue box" to generate the necessary tones to manipulate the telephone network, allowing free long-distance calls. Jobs decided that they could make money selling it.

The clandestine sales of the illegal "blue boxes" went well and perhaps planted the seed in Jobs's mind that electronics could be both fun and profitable.[37]

Jobs, in a 1994 interview, recalled that it took six months for him and Wozniak to figure out how to build the blue boxes.[38]

Jobs said that if not for the blue boxes, there would have been no Apple.

He states it showed them that they could take on large companies and beat them.[39][40]

Apple (1976–1985)

See also: History of Apple
"Basically Steve Wozniak and I invented the Apple because we wanted a personal computer. Not only couldn't we afford the computers that were on the market, those computers were impractical for us to use. We needed a Volkswagen. The Volkswagen isn't as fast or comfortable as other ways of traveling, but the VW owners can go where they want, when they want and with whom they want. The VW owners have personal control of their car."
—Steve Jobs.[7]
Jobs began attending meetings of the Homebrew Computer Club with Wozniak in 1975.[41]

In 1976, Wozniak invented the Apple I computer.

After Wozniak showed it to Jobs, who suggested that they sell it, they and Ronald Wayne formed Apple Computer in the garage of Jobs's Los Altos home on Crist Drive.[42]

Wayne stayed only a short time, leaving Jobs and Wozniak as the active primary cofounders of the company.[43]

A neighbor on Crist Drive recalled Jobs as odd, an individual who would greet his clients "with his underwear hanging out, barefoot and hippie-like."[17]

Another neighbor, Larry Waterland, who had just finished his PhD at Stanford in chemical engineering, recalled dismissing Jobs's budding business: " 'You punched cards, put them in a big deck,' he said about the mainframe machines of that time.

 'Steve took me over to the garage.

He had a circuit board with a chip on it, a DuMont TV set, a Panasonic cassette tape deck and a keyboard.

He said, 'This is an Apple computer.' I said, 'You've got to be joking.' I dismissed the whole idea.' "[17]

Jobs's friend from Reed College and India, Daniel Kottke, recalled that he "was the only person who worked in the garage ... Woz would show up once a week with his latest code.

Steve Jobs didn't get his hands dirty in that sense."

Kottke also stated that much of the early work took place in Jobs's kitchen, where he spent hours on the phone trying to find investors for the company.[17]

Steve Jobs with Wendell Brown at the launch of Brown's Hippo-C software for Macintosh, January 1984
They received funding from a then-semi-retired Intel product marketing manager and engineer Mike Markkula.[44]

Scott McNealy, one of the cofounders of Sun Microsystems, said that Jobs broke a "glass age ceiling" in Silicon Valley because he'd created a very successful company at a young age.[40]
"For what characterizes Apple is that its scientific staff always acted and performed like artists – in a field filled with dry personalities limited by the rational and binary worlds they inhabit, Apple's engineering teams had passion. They always believed that what they were doing was important and, most of all, fun. Working at Apple was never just a job; it was also a crusade, a mission, to bring better computer power to people. At its roots that attitude came from Steve Jobs. It was "Power to the People", the slogan of the sixties, rewritten in technology for the eighties and called Macintosh."
—Jeffrey S. Young, Steve Jobs: The Journey is the Reward (1987).[7]

After she returned from her own journey to India, Brennan visited Jobs at his parent's home, where he was still living.

It was during this period that Jobs and Brennan fell in love again, as Brennan noted changes in him that she attributes to Kobun (whom she was also still following).

It was also at this time that Jobs displayed a prototype Apple computer for Brennan and his parents in their living room.

Brennan notes a shift in this time period, where the two main influences on Jobs were Apple and Kobun.

By the early 1977, she and Jobs would spend time together at her home at Duveneck Ranch in Los Altos, which served as a hostel and environmental education center.

Brennan also worked there as a teacher for inner city children who came to learn about the farm.[14]

In 1977, Jobs and Wozniak introduced the Apple II at the West Coast Computer Faire.

It was the first consumer product sold by Apple Computer and was one of the first highly successful mass-produced microcomputer products,[45] It was designed primarily by Steve Wozniak.

Jobs oversaw the development of the Apple II's unusual case[2] and Rod Holt developed the unique power supply.[46] 

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