First off, I would like to say thank you to Moviepilot and Andrew Marco for letting me and a friend go see an early screening of the film, Steve Jobs. To all the Moviepilot Creators out there, Moviepilot is awesome and looks out for their Creators to boot!
Don't be complacent, the film Steve Jobs shows you that nothing in life comes without a cost. The film is also amazing in how it portrays that success does not always equal happiness, it's the little things that matter. After watching this film, I realized that I could not be sitting on my butt all day. I needed to go out and invent something... or maybe stay in and invent something, but invent something nonetheless. The film highlights the mindset that Jobs always had. You have to be confident and believe in what you have done. But remember, success is a double-sided coin and the film helps highlight how gritty and complicated success truly is.
5. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey was a television anchor more than once. The first time she was a television anchor was in Baltimore and she was fired for being, "too emotionally invested in her stories."
And as we all know now, Winfrey is known as the 'Queen of Television Talk Shows' and has amassed an empire so large that during sessions of the show she proceeded to give everyone in the audience a car, more than once. Even though Oprah was fired for getting too emotionally invested in her stories, now she is known for exactly that... and being worth three billion dollars is a whole lot to feel about.
4. Walt Disney
Walt Disney used to be a newspaper editor. And not everything was going his way as he was fired for "lacking imagination and good ideas."
Disney struggled with his ideas because no one was willing to put a giant mouse on the screen; some were concerned that a giant mouse would scare all the women. Eventually, Disney could not pay rent and was surviving by eating dog food. It is almost insane to think that Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck... and Elsa could have not existed if Disney had decided to give up on his dreams. Now Walt Disney is known around the world, redefining the notion of what it means to have an American childhood. Next time you decide to give up on your dreams, remember you could be worth five billion dollars one day.
3. Steven Spielberg
It seems that Steven Spielberg is no stranger to failures. He was rejected from USC (University of Southern California) School of Theater, Film and Television three times. He tried to apply to the university on three separate occasions and with each attempted application he was rejected. That cannot have been good for his self-esteem, I'm sure. After his blockbuster hit Jaws in 1975, Steven Spielberg accumulated three Academy Awards, four Emmys, seven Daytime Emmys, and his 27 movies have grossed more than nine billion dollars.
Don't forget that Spielberg's net worth is also well over two billion friggin' dollars.
2. J.K. Rowling
People face all sorts of adversity when trying to make it big. It would be crazy to say that becoming successful is, at all, easy. It requires drive, dedication, and ambition. However, how do you do that when you are a divorced single mother on welfare, all while attending school? Sounds impossible, right? That's exactly what J.K. Rowling had to endure while struggling to write her novel. You know the one. The barely famous-at-all Harry Potter book? It's almost crazy to think that there could even be a world without Harry and his very own wizarding world... but that could have happened if Rowling had not had the dedication to persevere through the hard times. Now Business Insider reports her as the first author to catapult to billionaire status in 2004.
How quickly times change!
1. Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs didn't start out being one of the most renown persons of our generation. Actually, if you do a little digging (not much) you'll see that Steve Jobs was a college dropout and he had been fired as a tech executive early on (and not-so early) in his career. There were also many times where people called him an unsuccessful business man. Around the age of 30, Steve Jobs was removed from the very company he had himself founded. That would leave anyone devastated.
The film does an amazing job of describing Jobs. Michael Fassbender's acting portrayed the difficulties that Jobs had gone through well. It showed Jobs's personality and how his youth could have affected the way that he approached his everyday life. Most of all, the film discussed how Jobs was passionate about his work; he was determined, passionate, dedicated and driven and the film portrays Jobs as a very goal-oriented person.
Jobs gave a commencement speech in Stanford University where he explained:
"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."
This goes to show that failure does not mean that the end of the world has to come with it. Not only was Jobs considered (and still is) one of the wealthiest men in the world, with world famous creations in the iPhone, iPad, iPod, and his original Macintosh computer, he's regaled as a genius innovator. It's not just Jobs, either; looking at Oprah, Spielberg, Disney, and Rowling it is easy to see what we all would've missed out on in our culture and lives had they given up on their dreams. So next time, before you decide to quit your passion and give up because something doesn't work out, just think about what the world will miss out on; something only you can provide.