Monday, December 14, 2015

Final Blog: Put a Dent in the Universe

Jack Werd
Period 6
Final Exam Blog

Put a Dent in the Universe

“Don’t let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your own heart and intuition.” Steve Jobs went from being a college dropout, to one of the most influential people on today’s society. The company Apple went from a small business In Jobs's garage, to one of the most global, profitable, and popular companies on the planet. This got me curious about Job’s story and what exactly made him so successful. Also, what can the average person take away from Jobs and his story?

Jobs was born in San Francisco California and was later adopted and raised by caring parents. Looking back on his life, Job’s remembers how much his parents stressed academic success. However, Job’s as a young child was “far from an academic.” Despite his immense intelligence, Job’s wasn’t interested in schooling. He was interested in things like pranking phone computers, creating business ideas, and messing around with technology. He attended college for one year, only to drop out where he soon started building home aid computers in his garage with his friend Steve Wozniak. So what was so special about Job’s early life? What can we learn from it? Steve Jobs was a nonconformist. We live in a world today where you’re supposed to get an education, get a job, have a family, retire, and die. But as Jobs said, “Your time is limited, so don’t spend time living someone else's life.” What I have taken away from Job’s early life is that you can’t worry about what everyone else is thinking, you have to do what you love because one day, you’re gonna run out of time.

So what exactly made Jobs so successful and what should be taken away from what he did with his career? Job’s was successful because he did what he loved, he tried to put a dent in the universe, and he created insanely different experiences for people. First is do what you love. As Jobs said, “People with passion can change the world for the better.” Jobs found what he loved to do and didn’t care what anyone else thought. Because of this, he was able to put countless amounts of time and energy into his craft which in turn lead to ultimate success. Next is dream big and attempt to put a dent in the universe by changing the world. He once asked president of Pepsi-Cola “Do you want to spend your life selling sugar water or do you want to change the world?” As he said you can't lose sight of your big vision and “The ones who are crazy enough to change the world usually do.” The final one is to create different experiences and change lives. When Jobs first came up with the idea for an Apple store he said that instead of just moving boxes, they would be enriching lives. Create an emotional connection between you and your job and “sell dreams not products.”

So I found myself asking, what do all these things have in common and what what would be one word describe Steve Jobs and his success. The theme of all Job’s values again came down to nonconformity. He didn’t care what other people thought and was willing to do anything to achieve his goals. He tried to blaze his own trail as opposed to follow in someone else's footsteps. As Jobs said “Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the troublemakers, the ones who see things differently.”

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Paris Terrorist attacks

Earlier this fall, a series of terrorists attacks were performed in Paris killing over 120 people and critically injuring approximately 80 others. The attacks were committed at six locations around the city including a soccer stadium where two suicide bombers attempted to take out as many civilians as possible during a friendly match between France and Germany. With that said, the majority of the deaths came during a Bataclan concert as well as in other restaurants around the city. Soon after the attacks were committed, ISIS, the Islamic terrorist group took to twitter to admit to the tragedy.
What really struck me was how the people of not only Paris reacted, but also the people of the U.S. Even a couple of minutes after the attacks, social media blew up and made all the details of the attacks known as they were being released. Also, as I looked on Facebook and other websites, people were advocating awareness for the tragedy by temporality changing their profile pictures and posting supportive comments. It really showed me how powerful social media is in this day and age.      

Tragedy in San Berrnardino

On Wednesday December 2nd, a holiday banquet was held for employees of a social service center in San Bernardino California. At approximately 2pm, a heavily armed man and woman started open firing on the banquet which resulted in 14 dead and at least 17 others seriously injured. The 27 and 28 year old shooters fled the scene in a black SUV before later coming into contact with the police where a shootout occurred. Both suspects ended up dead and after further investigation, it was concluded that there was probably not a third person involved, which was thought earlier by many including eye witnesses. After further inspection of the two office buildings, two explosive devices were found that were disarmed and deemed a non threat.

Over the past few years, the amount of deaths by mass shootings in America has been absolutely ridiculous, and does not parallel anything else we see in other countries today. Most notably, before this incident, 9 killed on October 1st in Roseburg Oregon, 9 killed on June 18th in Charleston South Carolina, 27 killed in Newtown Connecticut (December 14th, 2012), and 12 killed in Aurora Colorado (July 20th 2012). Obviously, this doesn’t account for the hundreds and hundreds of deaths by gunfire that this generation has grown up with. Looking at all of these shootings honestly makes you step back and wonder, what can we do in order to stop these tragedies from occurring? I sure don’t have the answer and I don’t know if anyone does, but it really makes you wonder, if there were stricter gun control laws, would it prevent some of these things from happening? But as politicians have said in the past, it isn’t a democrat vs republican debate, and it isn’t a liberal vs conservative debate. Somehow, some way, we need stop these acts of terror from occurring. n472976