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Steve Jobs – The Greatest Philanthropist

The word Philanthropy comes from the Greek philanthropos which comes from philein for “to love” and anthropos for “human being.”

Philanthropy means love of humanity.

Which bring us to Steve Jobs.

Steve Jobs has been declared as : The Entrepreneur of the Decade, The CEO of the Decade and Now The Philanthropist of the Decade.

Like the other billionaires , Jobs tend to give his billions away to serve the community. In 1986, he started up a public foundation, but closed it after 15 months. This is mainly because Jobs acknowledged that it takes enormous time to give money away. He clearly don’t have much time on that.

However, Jobs figures he can do more good by expanding Apple !  Guess what peeps, we suppose to thank God for that!

What a loss to humanity it would have been if Jobs had dedicated the last 25 years of his life to figuring out how to give his billions away, instead of doing what he does best.

We’d still be waiting for a cell phone on which we could actually read e-mail and surf the web. “We” includes students, doctors, nurses, aid workers, charity leaders, social workers, and so fort.

We’d be a decade or more away from the iPad, which has ushered in an era of reading electronically that promises to save a Forest worth of trees and all of the energy associated with trucking them around. That’s just the beginning. iPad had even enhanced the creativity of kids.

And you can’t say someone else would have developed these things. No one until Jobs did, and the competitive devices that have come since have taken the entirety of their inspiration from his creation. Without Steve Jobs we’d be years away from a user-friendly mechanism for getting digital music, which means we’d still be producing hundreds of millions of CDs with plastic cases.

What’s important is how we use our time on this earth, not how conspicuously we give our money away.

On these scores, the world has no greater philanthropist than Steve Jobs. If ever a man contributed to humanity, here he is. And he has done it while battling cancer. Just because Jobs has been extremely busy, that doesn’t mean that he has not been thinking about  humanity. Steve Jobs has traded his time for human progress. Not for personal pleasure.

Today, The Philanthropist of the Decade – Steve Jobs were Dead at the Age of 56. Our hearts go out to Jobs and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts. May him Rest In Peace ..

Gates : “The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.”

 

A statement from Jobs’ family reads, in full:

“Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family.

In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.

We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief.”

 

Source : Harvard Business Review

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Michael Dell

Michael Dell – The man that helped make PC Affordable and Available.

Michael Saul Dell was born in 1965 in Houston, Texas. Michael Dell helped launch the personal computer revolution in the 1980s with the creation of Dell Computer, which began in the founder’s dorm room at the University of Texas and quickly blossomed into a megawatt computer company. By 1992, just eight years after Dell was founded, Michael Dell was the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

Dell’s mother, a stockbroker, and his father, an orthodontist, pushed their son to consider medicine. However, Dell showed an early interest in technology and business.

When he was 12 years old, he operated a mail-order trading business for stamps and baseball cards, earning $2,000. At the age of 14, Dell got his first computer, an Apple II and soon realized that he had a ability for taking computers apart and putting them back together.

 

In examining the personal computer, or PC, industry, he noticed an opportunity to sell PCs for less, as he explained to Richard Murphy of Success magazine :

I saw that you’d buy a PC for about $3,000, and inside that PC was about $600 worth of parts. IBM would buy most of these parts from other companies, assemble them, and sell the computer to a dealer for $2,000. Then the dealer, who knew very little about selling or supporting computers, would sell it for $3,000, which was even more outrageous.

Dell realized that he could assemble computer parts, skip the step of selling to a dealer, and go directly to the consumer. That way the consumer could buy the product for less, and Dell held on to every penny of the profits. Dell thus combined his knowledge of computers with his well-developed business sense and began his own business, assembling upgrade kits for personal computers.

Bypassing the middleman and the markups, Dell tapped his savings account for $1,000 and started building and selling computers for people he knew at college. His emphasis, however, wasn’t just on good machines, but strong customer support and cheaper prices. Soon, he had accounts outside of school and it wasn’t long before Dell dropped out and focused all his efforts on his business.

In 1984, Dell’s first full year in business, he had $6 million in sales. By 2000, Dell was a billionaire and his company had offices in 34 countries and employee count of more than 35,000. The following year, Dell Computer surpassed Compaq Computer as the world’s largest PC maker. Dell’s first 20 years proved to be one of the most successful businesses on the planet, surprising such titans as Wal-Mart and General Electric.

The key is to *listen to your heart and let it carry you in the direction of your dreams. I’ve learned that it’s possible to set your sights high and achieve your dreams and do it with integrity, character, and love. And each day that you’re moving toward your dreams without compromising who you are; You’re winning.

–Michael Dell–

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln — One of the GREATEST U.S. PRESIDENT, also one of the INFLUENTIAL MAN IN HISTORY.

Biography

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in Kentucky. When he was only nine years old, his mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, died. A year later, his father, Thomas Lincoln, remarried a woman named Sarah Bush, who had a tremendous influence on the young Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln's log cabin in Kentucky

To support his family, Abraham had to work at a neighboring farm. Working denied him the opportunity to go to school, so the total amount of formal education he received was less than one year.

Young Lincoln

Although his formal education ended very quickly, his self-education was just beginning. An avid reader, he read everything he could get his hands on, studying a variety of subjects, such as mathematics, literature and law. Eventually this self-educated man became a lawyer !!

Politics

Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln had a very strong desire to make a difference, so he entered politics.

Abraham believed that the government should be a positive force, whose goal was to serve the people. He reasoned that in order for him to have significant influence and impact on the government, he must achieve a high position in governmentpreferably the position of the President of the United States. This goal eventually became his burning desire.

In 1834, Lincoln ran for and won a seat in the Illinois Legislature. He served a four-year term, and he soon developed a reputation as a capable and honest politician.

Downturns

Unfortunately, over the next decade he experienced numerous business and political setbacks. But unlike most people, Lincoln did not let any of these challenges — including a business and personal bankruptcy — discourage him from going after his dreams.

In 1836, Lincoln won an election to Congress. It was during this time that he took an unpopular stand against President James K. Polk regarding the Mexican War. Abraham thought the war was unjust. Because Lincoln’s viewpoints were so different from many other government officials, he became unpopular among them.

After his term ended in 1849, Lincoln took the next five years off from politics and focused on his law practice. Again, he encountered more business setbacks. But again, he persisted, and did not let “so-called” failures discourage him.

In 1855, he ran for the Senate but was defeated. The next year he went after the Vice Presidency position, and was also defeated!!

With so many failures, a lot of people, in Lincoln’s position, probably would have given up. But because he was determined and committed to make his political dreams come true, he would get up each time he was knocked down. He knew the only way to gain ground, to move forward, to march on, and to turn his goals into reality, was to learn from his setbacks and failures.

He pressed ON !!

FINALLY, in 1860, Lincoln’s years of persistence and hard work paid off when he was elected the 16th President of the United States.

Sadly, at this time the states were no longer united.

In 1861, the CIVIL WAR began !!

Civil War

After FOUR long years, it had cost the lives of half a million Americans. But the Union was saved, the slaves were freed, and President Lincoln’s lifelong dream was realized.

As we can see, Lincoln’s story is the story of an incredible human being who started from very meager beginnings and went on to become not only one of the greatest U.S. presidents, but also one of the influential men in history.

Abraham Lincoln represents the finest example of PERSISTENCE. Although he faced countless defeats throughout his life — many that must have seemed insurmountable — he never gave up on his dreams.

He lost eight elections, failed in business many times, and suffered a nervous breakdown. He could have quit many times, but he didn’t. Instead, after each defeat he would pick himself up and press forward until he achieved his aspirations.

MY GREAT CONCERN IS NOT WHETHER YOU HAVE FAILED, BUT WHETHER YOU ARE CONTENT WITH YOUR FAILURE.

                                                                                                                                                                                                       -Abraham Lincoln-

Lincoln's Memorial

Nelson Mandela

NELSON MANDELA — The icon of Leadership and Humanity !!

For Nelson Mandela, CONSENSUS must be its own reward, for he does not always get his way.

He urged the A.N.C. (African National Congress) to reduce the voting age to 14, but his colleagues refused. Once he has lost, he publicly speaks in favor of the position he opposed.

Nelson Mandela : ” I sometimes come to the National Executive Committee with an idea and they overrule me. I obey them, even when they are wrong. “

He then added with a smile ; That’s DEMOCRACY.

Mandela has always taken the long view, and sometimes this gives him victories in battles that were started decades ago.

Mandela style derives from a hard-won discipline.

Oliver Tambo, his former law partner, once described the youthful Mandela as “passionate, emotional, sensitive, quickly stung to bitterness and retaliation by insult and patronage.”   — Who can discern these characteristic in the controlled Nelson Mandela of today?  Nelson Mandela is now prizes rationality, logic, compromise, and distrust sentiment.

Prison steeled him, and over the decades he came to see emotion not as an ally but as a demon to be shunned.

How was the man who emerged from prison different from the one who went in?

Mandela : ” I came out mature.”

It is NOT simply that he harbors little bitterness in his heart ; He knows that bitterness will NOT move him an inch closer to his goal.

Mandela dutifully smiled in all directions for the photographers, his mind seemed both on the past and on the future.He thought back to his fallen comrades who did not live to share his victory and ahead to how he would contrive to forge one nation out of the dividend land. His percentage moment of triumph gratifies him but comes with unsought consequences while in jail.

Mandela was surrounded by armed guards who never took their eyes off him. Now, wherever Mandela goes he is surrounded by armed guards who never take their eyes off him. In a sense, he has EXCHANGED on form of prison for another, and the revolutionary who was a threat to the state has become the prisoner of fame and power.

In the midst of his election he lamented the fact that he did not have time to play with his beloved grandchild. It is the burden of the leadership he was born to and  has achieved.

THERE IS NO EASY WALK TO SUCCESS ANYWHERE, AND MANY OF US WILL HAVE TO PASS THROUGH THE VALLEY AGAIN AND AGAIN BEFORE WE REACH THE MOUNTAIN TOP OF OUR DESIRES.