He was very interested in technology and specifically this technology called repeaters that Hewlett Packard was building. He figured out who the CEO was and looked in the phone book. Back then people were still listed in the phone book. No Google or Internet. So, this young twelve year boy, called this 50 year old CEO and asked him for some parts for this brand new technology called repeaters so that he could work with it and build one for himself.
Well this wealthy, successful, older CEO laughed at first. But when he realized that the boy was serious and was generally interested, he invited him to the factory to work there during the summer. The boy had real joy. Real interest. A true thirst for knowledge and understanding.
That boy was Steve Jobs. A boy whose own birth parents gave him up for adoption. A boy who, once he had all the success and money in the world, dined at this one particular and average restaurant. Every day he came in, this older man would come and boast that the great Steve Jobs dined there and would treat Steve as royalty every me he came in. Never knowing that this average, lower middle class restaurateur was indeed the father of the great Steve Jobs.
Steve had spent countless hours and dollars in search of his birth father. Never telling his birth father who he was and what he meant (or not) to him. Keeping that inside for the rest of his days.
I was doing some joint work the other day with Andrew up in Los Gatos and we sat down with an older man who had retired and done well for himself. During the course of that lunch we started talking about how unique it was that the Apples headquarters in Cupertino was a residential neighborhood. How unique that was that a multibillion dollar company was in such a unique place. He then says “that’s because this used to be where Hewlett Packard’s headquarters was”.
So here, decades after he had worked at Hewlett Packard as a twelve year old boy, he summoned the city council, convinced them to rezone and created one of the most successful and valuable companies in the world.
All of this success started with that ONE phone call to that ONE CEO who believed in this ONE average twelve year old boy!
Was Steve Jobs born into a wealthy family? Did he have every advantage? Did he have pain and struggle as an adult and into his adult life?
Remember the difference between stress and pressure and harness it. It all starts with that ONE call.