Life According To Steve Jobs



I was catching up on some reading today. And there it was. See, there’s been a common thread recurring a lot lately for me. I think it’s because I love stories of adversity and like to challenged in my life. I got thinking about it and really became sentimental for the way things use to be.

Steve Jobs is the founder and CEO of Apple Computers, Inc. He was born in 1955 to an unwed teenage girl. He was adopted by a working class family. Jobs was obviously brilliant and very talented, but what if he had been adopted by people who were wealthy? Is it possible that he might not have accomplished very much if he had not had to learn to work hard at an early age?

When we fly (in an airplane) we all like a soft landing. But do we want a soft takeoff? I don’t. I like for that plane to get off the ground in a hurry. But the plane can only take off from a hard runway. If it starts out on a soft surface, it will never get off the ground.

It just seems to me that most people who are successful don’t get off to a soft start. Each generation since the depression has been determined to make life easier for its children. Consequently, many people have not benefited from the growth that comes from overcoming difficulties. If we aren’t careful, we can create an illusion that life is easy. Life is hard. It becomes even harder if we’re too easy on ourselves.

Matt Knisely

Matt Knisely is an Emmy Award–winning visual storyteller, creative director, and author who loves telling stories of the extraordinary. Make sure you check out his book Framing Faith, it helps connect the seemingly unconnected, see the beauty right in front of us, and revealing how to be present in the moment.

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  1. Well said! Thanks Matt!
    We live in a “soft, sensual, and subtle” culture.
    And it’s killing us.

    Scott // Reply
  2. Matt,

    I love this post. Have you seen Jobs Stanford University commencement address? If not here’s the link. I think you’ll enjoy it.


  3. Jobs does have a great story doesn’t he? Have you seen his commencment address at Stanford University? Here’s the link if you haven’t. It’s really good. Moving. I think you’ll like it.


  4. and what would you recommend to do, if my childhood was not wealthy but not as hard as others? Should I go and destroy the accomplishments of my parents? Hell no.


    • i’m with you man. and im in the same boat as you. i love what my parents provided me, but most take it for granted. i try not to because it very easy to be comfortable. however, i think we have to remember life is hard. full of difficult and rather hard descisions and situations. we need to keep it that way. almost all of the worlds biggest corporations and innovations have been birthed through adversity. i don’t think we need to coast to the finish line. why, for starters we don’t know where the end is.

  5. Good post Matt! I agree with you and really like the analogy of the airplane taking off. I am pretty much in the same boat and I find myself thinking about this too. I have hard working parents who have done a phenomenal job at providing and taking care of me and my brother.
    I think recognizing that we are privileged but at the same time knowing that life is hard but that we have a destiny and destination to reach and not just coast in life will help.
    When you seek God’s plan he always has more for us than what our parents leave us with.
    Hope that makes sense.