Neal Barton's POV

Steve Jobs

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 5:43pm

I cannot let this opportunity go by without saying a few words about Steve Jobs.

At 56 year of age, he is gone, but he is my lifetime's Henry Ford or Thomas Edison.

Forget the iPhones and the neat stuff he's associated with. Lets talk about the man.

I say this as a crowd, mainly composed of kids, are protesting in New York City.

They're mad at the country because they want money and mad someone hasn't given them anything.

Did you know baby Steve Jobs was a kid no one wanted? Right before he was born the folks adopting him decided they wanted a girl.

At the last minute, two young kids with no college education adopted him.

They were so poor he dropped out of college after 6 months because he could not stand that his poor parents were paying for something he wasn't into anyway.

So, he went out on his own, so poor he had to walk seven miles every Sunday to get his only good meal of the week at a Hari Krishna temple.

Was he pouting? No.

This guy says it was the best time of his life. He was learning through the tough times.

That's what great people do.

He and friend Steve Wozniak developed computers in his parents garage.

Woz said in an interview how broke they were. You didn't see them begging for a loan or whining.

This is is how people were just a few years ago in do I say my generation?.

Get a job or start your own business. Jobs and his friend made themselves successful.

Jobs was not the nicest guy from what I heard. I don't care. He changed the world. Look at what he brought to the schools right here in East Texas.

It wasn't about the money with any of these type of people. They are like writers, poets. They don't do this because they want to.

They invent and create because they have to, it's in their DNA.

He told the Stanford University graduation class this a few year ago, " Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice, heart and intuition."

That is the American dream- doing. Not whining and complaining.

That's my point of view, what's yours?

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