Jobs' Childhood

A car mechanic Paul Jobs and his wife Clara jobs adopted Steve who was abandoner at birth. Paul and Clara loves Steve very much. They made him feel that he was 'chosen' and very 'special'.

One of his colleagues, Del Yocam said about Steve, I think his desire for complete control of whatever he marks derives directly from his personality and from the fact that he was abandoned at birth.

Jobs' mother taught him how to read and write before he want to the elementary school. So when he went to school, he found out that he knew everything that the teachers were teaching. He got bored and played pranks to keep him busy. This continued for the first few years. It was clear from his behaviour that he could not accept other people's authority. He said, "I encountered authority of a different kind that I have never encountered before, and Idid not like it."

A turning point came when he was in grade four. His teacher Imogene Hill watched him very closely for some time and soon found out how to handle him and get things done by him. In order to get things done she used to give him money and food. One day after school, she gave Jobs a workbook with math problems in it. She said, " I want you to take it home and do this." She showed Jobs a huge lollipop and said, "When you are done with it, if you get it mostly right, I will give you this and five dollars. " Within two days, Jobs solved the math and returned the book to his teacher. this continued for a couple of months and Jobs enjoyed learning so much that he did not need any return. Also he liked his teacher very much wanted to please her. In Ms. Hill's class, Jobs felt he waa special. At the end of the fourth grade, Jobs did very well. It was clear not only to Jobs and his parents but also to the teachers that he was exceptionally intelligent. The school proposed that Jobs should skip two classes and go into seventh grade. This would mean that Jobs would find the study challenging and he would be motivated to study. His parents had him skip only one grade.

Source: Steve Jobs by Walter Lsaacson.

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