Steve Jobs in India – An iNNOVATOR iNSPIRED | Entrepreneurs of India

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A few of us might have looked for Steve Jobs when Apple unveiled its flagship device, iPhone X last year before a magnificent crowd in California.

iPhone X is the first handset from Apple without a home button.

But the fact is:

We missed Steve Jobs more than the new iPhone’s home button.  

Today is February 24, Steve Jobs’ birthday. His mom would have never thought in her wildest dream that her son would become a great entrepreneur someday in future. Because Jobs endured a turbulent life when he was a teenager. He grew up as an adopted child.

He fell prey to drugs and dropped out of college.

“I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation,” – Jobs (in his speech at Stanford University in 2005).

But he had a dream that was strong enough to propel him above all the hurdles.

Where would Apple have been without Steve Jobs?

He singlehandedly took Apple from near bankruptcy to one of the most successful companies in the world.

The infinite display of the latest iPhone X might be a symbolic gesture from Apple to honour Steve Jobs’ boundless innovation. Even if it’s not so, some of us might believe that way.

Steve Jobs and India

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India might not be in the A-list of Apple. We always get an iPhone after our friends in the US start using it.

But Steve Jobs was deeply moved by Indian spiritualism when he was an aspiring young entrepreneur.

Did you know?

Steve Jobs visited India in 1974 before he founded Apple.

Jobs came to India along with his friend Daniel Kottke. The young Jobs was then an employee of video game company Atari.

According to Kottke,  “it was a trek in search of spiritual enlightenment.”  They both spent nearly three months here, exploring the life in North India.

Jobs had a picture of the culturally-rich India, where a mosaic of beliefs coexisted in harmony.  He thought India was a storehouse of profound spirituality since he was fascinated by eastern philosophy.

But the reality actually shocked him. When he landed here, India was grappling with alarming levels of poverty, lack of infrastructure and severe economic crisis. India was way more horrible than he thought.

However, Jobs and Kottke enjoyed wandering Indian streets.  They wanted to look more Indian in appearance. So they swapped their jeans for lungi.

During the evenings, Jobs, clad in a lungi, would stroll along Old Delhi, amidst the hustle and bustle of vendors and beggars.

Jobs and Kottke found it very difficult to survive in India. To add to the misery they were struck down by diarrhea in the scorching Indian summer.  But their interest in Indian spirituality made them stay here.

The unofficial Steve Jobs autobiography iCon talks about Jobs’ experience in India. His spiritual quest in India didn’t turn out well.

According to Kottke, Jobs thought of embracing the values of Indian spirituality from the Hindu spiritual guru Neem Karoli Baba.

But he had already passed away when Jobs reached his Kainchi Dham Ashram.

Later, this ashram caught headlines when Mark Zuckerberg visited it during the early days of Facebook on Steve Jobs’ advice.

Steve Jobs’ spiritual retreat in India gave him an opportunity for self-realization. His Indian visit made him stronger and redefined his perception of the world.

He embraced Buddhism after returning from India and founded Apple.

How Mahatma Gandhi Influenced Steve Jobs

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Steve Jobs chose Mahatma Gandhi as his Person of the Century since he was deeply influenced by the principles of Gandhi.

Jobs opined Gandhi was a creative person who  taught the world a moral way to be aggressive.

“Gandhi demonstrated that we can force change and justice through moral acts of aggression instead of physical acts of aggression. Never has our species needed this wisdom more,” observed Jobs

He also used Gandhi’s image in Apple’s ‘Think Different’ campaign. Because Jobs believed creative people with passion can change the world for better.

Even Jobs’ round glasses had been a proof of his admiration towards Gandhi.

Steve Jobs Inspiring Entrepreneurial Journey

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Steve Jobs was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth.  He had his share of ups and downs, both personal and professional.

He didn’t have a room when was a student. He slept on the floor and walked seven miles to get one good meal at Hare Krishna Temple. He was fired from his own company.

But he was determined to transform his dreams into reality.

Jobs founded two companies – NeXT and Pixar, when he was ousted from Apple. Both became successful. Later, Apple bought NeXT and Jobs returned on board as the new CEO. Rest is history!

“It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life,” Jobs once said, referring to his termination from Apple in 1985.  

His innovative ideas and powerful entrepreneurial insight transformed Apple into what it is today.

His life is an example of how you can achieve superlative success through perpetual hardwork and perseverance.

Steve Jobs was not just a daring entrepreneur who played by his own rules, but a visionary leader who made us understand the power of innovative thinking and creativity.

Dear Jobs, we miss you. But we hope you’re fine up there in the skies.

Thank you for igniting our minds and inspiring us to go the extra mile. Happy birthday!

Here are some of the most celebrated quotes of Steve Jobs. Get inspired!

  • “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish”

  • “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life”

  • “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower”

  • “My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time”

Check out the book recommended by us to know more about Steve Jobs’ remarkable journey.

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