A study by the University of Madeira found that
employer-provided training has the same impact on job
satisfaction as a 17.7% pay increase.
Paul was the result of an unplanned
pregnancy by two college students.
Although he was
adopted by an accountant and machinist who provided a loving
home, he always felt abandoned. Once when he was seven and told
a girl he was adopted, she asked if that meant his real parents
didn’t want him.
He was so bored with school that his
fourth grade teacher had to bribe him to study. He eventually
graduated high school and enrolled in college, where he always
attended class barefoot.
He got into drugs, and had a
most peculiar diet. At times, he would eat nothing but apples
for an entire week. Then he’d try fasting for an entire week.
Though those habits would later change, one thing that never
changed was his lifelong love of music.
He dropped out of
college after six months and eventually moved back in with his
He applied for a job with an electronics firm,
but was dressed so badly that the HR Director didn’t want to
interview him. He refused to leave until they hired him.
Not sure what to do, she asked the senior engineer if she should
call the police. But he agreed to talk to Paul, saw something in
him, and offered him a job.
He lasted less than a week
before a coworker stomped into the boss’s office, complaining
that Paul was impossible to work with, and had horrible body
odor because of his weird diet and the fact that he didn’t like
The boss put Paul on the night shift where he
could work alone. But when he did interact with coworkers, he’d
often tell people how stupid they were. He was arrogant, rude,
and managed to tick off just about everyone.
He would use
tactics like silence and deeply intense stares to manipulate
people. He also made up “facts” so far out there that people
named it his “Reality Distortion Field”. It was like he was
living on another planet.
He was described as incredibly
cruel, hurtful, and heartless.
He fathered a daughter
while in his twenties, but refused to acknowledge she was his,
even after paternity tests proved she was. For years, her mother
lived on welfare.
He didn’t last long in Corporate
America, and eventually started his own company. But even after
he enjoyed some success, he was fired by his board of directors
at age 30.
But what history will remember Paul for is how
he changed your life with what he did when his company hired him
back 12 years later.
That company was Apple, and you know
“Paul” as Steven Paul Jobs.
He was proof that it's not
how you start that counts, it's how you finish.
To Your Success,
Although Apple created Macintosh,
iPods, iPhones, and iPads, their biggest game changer was
iTunes. It completely changed the music industry, all because an
awkward kid loved music so much that he wanted to make it easier
for people buy and listen to. Steve Jobs’ proudest
accomplishment was finally getting The Beatles (whom he loved)
on iTunes in 2010, the year before he died.
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