FOX Business: Steve Jobs turned failure into success

“Steve Jobs could have been a failure,” David Asman writes for FOX Business. “He dropped out of college, even though his parents struggled to get him there. And, ten years after starting one of the most innovative computer companies in the world, he was fired by the board. Imagine getting fired from a multi-billion dollar company that you started in your own garage.”

Asman writes, “What stopped Steve Jobs from being a failure was one simple thing: Attitude. Here’s what he told a graduating class at Stanford University in 2005: I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

“We can’t all go on to lead the kind of life that Steve Jobs did after he was fired. But we can duplicate the attitude that he brought to his getting fired. He turned what could have been a humiliating job loss into an incredible period of growth. He turned failure into success,” Asman writes. “All by attitude. It won’t buy you dinner, but it can help turn your life around.”

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67 Comments

  1. Lot’s of stories these days about how individuals can change things, but the real problem is that we’ve gone back to the days of robber barons.

    Americans in particular need to understand that publicly traded corporations are not American, and they have no loyalty to this country or any other. They see themselves as above nationality, with their only responsibility to their largest share holders.

  2. “Lot’s of stories these days about how individuals can change things, but the real problem is that we’ve gone back to the days of robber barons. “

    duh, why else would everyone being pushing stories about how the individual can change things unless they can’t….

    you don’t tell stories about being freed from slavery if you aren’t a slave.

  3. I use an Apple computer. SJ’s success simply means that I can enjoy progressively better and better computing experiences instead of wallowing in the mire that is Windows.

    It was funny, my buddy came over and saw my iMac. “That’s a nice monitor” he said.
    “Er, that’s the whole computer”, I replied, to which he looked under the desk to make sure I wasn’t having him on.
    “Ok, so where’s the CD drive?” was the next question.

    I love my iMac.

  4. Bill Gates is a college dropout too.

    The only difference is that his board never gave him the boot!

    The MS board would have never rehired him! For the whole world, that’s too bad.

  5. You are an idiot. You clearly don’t know who the “largest shareholders” of those corporations are do you?

    It may surprise you but you and me and the rest of us. We all have a stake on those corporations doing well, because we depend on them having done well when we retire.

    Take your ridiculous communist views an put them where you want, but not in front of me.

  6. @@Jobs. Please, keep your conservative insults to yourself. No need to come and flame here. Really, what the hell makes you presume ‘ridiculous communist views’ are Jobs’ view? And if they are, who are you to judge anyone?

    Seriously, your kind of flaming posts really piss me off…

  7. “Shareholders” are those who, literally, hold shares. This is a different concept than “stakeholders.”

    And corporate responsibility has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with Communism.

    I read in somebody’s biography that Steve couldn’t afford to go to college, but attended classes anyway, and after he got busted, they let him stay as a non-credited observer (there’s some term for that, but I can’t remember). I’m not sure he could be classified a “dropout.”

  8. i resound imac’s sentiment – my mom did the same thing when i gave her my old emac. =)

    anyhow, yes, it’s great that jobs got back into apple. the nextstep-based mac os x is what won me over.

  9. Why do brainwashed fools call the notion of wealth being shared Communism?

    Do you blasted nitwits not see that the whole frickin PLANET is a ‘Community’ of Flora and Fauna?

    Wealth is with the Robber Baron, then taken away by the mob at the Palace gates.
    Its life – it encompasses Communism, Capitalism, and a whole host of other descriptions of the way things ebb and flow.

    Its a WORD, dummy. Open your eyes and shut up.
    Smoke a Cuban cigar. Read Marx. Read Ayn Rand – she was a communist and didnt even know it.
    Or was she a Lesbian? Who cares.

    I propose that mentioning Communism is the the same as calling someone a Nazi – it essentially means that intelligent discussion is over.

    As for Steve Jobs, he wisely noticed that failure is the start of success – its the Ebb and Flow, baby, the Ebb and the Flow.
    Feel it. Love it. Dig it. Embrace it.

  10. Why do brainwashed fools call the notion of wealth being shared Communism?

    Do you blasted nitwits not see that the whole frickin PLANET is a ‘Community’ of Flora and Fauna?

    Wealth is with the Robber Baron, then taken away by the mob at the Palace gates.
    Its life – it encompasses Communism, Capitalism, and a whole host of other descriptions of the way things ebb and flow.

    Its a WORD, dummy. Open your eyes and shut up.
    Smoke a Cuban cigar. Read Marx. Read Ayn Rand – she was a communist and didnt even know it.
    Or was she a Lesbian? Who cares.

    I propose that mentioning Communism is the the same as calling someone a Nazi – it essentially means that intelligent discussion is over.

    As for Steve Jobs, he wisely noticed that failure is the start of success – its the Ebb and Flow, baby, the Ebb and the Flow.
    Feel it. Love it. Dig it. Embrace it.

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