When he was 13 years old, Bill Hewlett of Hewlett-Packard (you know, HP) gave him a summer job.
He was already a millionaire by 23 and his net worth grew to a whopping $250 million by the time he was 25.
He owned 5.5 million shares of the company he founded and was a majority stakeholder of Disney.
Do you know who am I talking about?
Reading this, it is easy to assume that Steve had a comfortable, cushioned life with a lot of privilege. Well, appearances can be deceptive.
On the contrary, he was put up for adoption right after his birth. He dropped out from college in 1972 due to financial constraints and was fired from a company he founded. The best of us falters after going through a single obstacle and here, there was a ginormous pile of roadblocks after roadblocks, hellbent on not letting Steve succeed.
But the story, or rather, the legend doesn’t end here.
Steve turned his weaknesses into strengths and emerged out to be the tech icon that we have come to know and love – and all this without ever having to code!!
Well, the answer is pretty straightforward.
I’m talking about him because I like him.
Why do I like him? Because I think his life is the perfect example of chakra alignment towards a goal.
You must’ve heard of 7 chakras, but in reality, there are actually 114 chakras in the human body. Also, there are 72,000 energy channels or ‘nadis’ along which the vital energy or ‘prana’ moves. Within all of us, there are different sets of activated chakras – giving us our traits and inherent characteristics. Just like our fingerprints, they’re unique to every individual.
It’s noteworthy here to mention that one should not confuse these traits and characteristics with the genetic build-up of our bodies – like the color of your eyes or your blood type, for example. These traits are more abstract in nature – meaning you or people around you can only experience them, not see them. Some of these characteristics may be:
A knack for creativity
Displaying leadership qualities
Orientation towards seeking pleasure
Leading an action oriented ‘doer’ lifestyle
Inclination towards intellectual enlightenment and spirituality
…and so on.
So, as I was saying, everyone has a different set of chakras that are activated and likewise, they leverage them differently. There are thousands of possible combinations. My more calculative friends would appreciate the magic of permutation and combination at work here.
It’s always interesting to track and understand the journey of successful people. Whether through psychology, philosophy, genetics or autobiographies, we’ve been trying to decode what paved the way for famous people to succeed. What was it that put them on the path to fulfilling their destinies? Was it fate? Were they born that way? Was it devil worship?
I like to explore how chakras have a hand in the journey of successful people – but you already knew that. *grins*
So, I decided to give the chakra alignment of Steve Jobs a try – for 21 days. Before you know how to align your chakras, it’s imperative to know why alignment is needed in the first place.
There are 7 primary chakras in our body. When they’re performing at their optimal efficiency, our mind, body and spirit are healthy. However, certain traumatic experiences, negativity, or the day-to-day ups and downs of life can reduce the energy flow within the body and block the chakras.
The first signs of a blocked chakra can either be emotional or physical. For example, persistent problems in relationship or frequent colds could mean that you need a chakra re-alignment.
Okay, back to Steve.
Did Steve Jobs possess a set of activated chakras? Definitely so.
Steve’s biggest strength was a strong Heart Chakra.
Also known as the anahata chakra, the heart chakra is located at the center of your spine at the heart level. Anahata chakra is the central powerhouse of your subtle body. Just as the heart is the mediator between spirit and body, the anahata chakra is special because being the fourth of the seven chakras, it’s exact halfway and unifies the spiritual and physical chakras.
The heart chakra acts as the bridge between the upper chakras – the crown, eye and throat chakras – and the lower three chakras – the solar plexus, root and sacral chakras. A balanced heart chakra helps you rise higher in life. It creates prospects that decide whether you fail or succeed.
In April 1976, Steve Jobs, along with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne founded the Apple computer company. After a boardroom coupe, Jobs was fired from his own company. He then went on to found NeXT Inc., a computer that Tim Berners-Lee used to invent the World Wide Web at CERN in 1990. During his time at NeXT, Steve also funded Pixar. He eventually returned to Apple in 1997 and the rest is history.
So, you see, how Steve leveraged his heart chakra?
Aside from a strong heart chakra, Steve also possessed a strong Svadhisthana Chakra or the Sacral Chakra, Manipura Chakra or Solar Plexus Chakra, Vishuddha Chakra or Throat Chakra, and Anja Chakra or Third Eye Chakra.
The sacral chakra is responsible for maintaining the emotional balance. It’s known as the dwelling place of the self. Being removed from the very company he founded and grew should have instilled fear, insecurity and uncertainty in his mind, but Steve’s strong sacral or svadhisthana chakra helped him maintain his composure. When he returned to Apple in 1997, he transformed the company into the Apple Inc. we now know.
Steve was always full of confidence, motivated and had a strong sense of purpose. How? His Manipura chakra or the Solar Plexus chakra was at its peak. This chakra is the center of vitality and is the seat of digestive fire. An activated manipura chakra liberates you from negative energies and purifies your vitality.
Here’s one of the quotes I love and often take inspiration from. Steve narrated it for the iconic ‘Think Different’ commercial.
The fifth chakra – the vishuddha chakra – is associated with space. The energy here is linked to self-expression, creativity and communication. The throat chakra connects the heart with the mind, unleashing the creative genius of an individual.
Starting a company and then leaving it to set up another, funding another creative venture and then revitalizing a sinking ship is no small feat of creativity – and this is exactly what Steve Jobs did.
After leaving Apple in 1985, he founded NeXT and then went on to fund Pixar. When Apple bought NeXT in 1996, he returned to the company, became the CEO and restored the company to its iconic status.
By now, you must have surmised that Steve had a strong intuition and an equally strong vision for the future. Clearly, he had an activated anja chakra. Also called as the third eye chakra, the anja chakra is the site of intuition, awareness and freedom.
Steve also accepted himself as he was. Through his spiritual travels to India in 1974 in search of spirituality, he discovered himself mentally, spiritually and emotionally. By aligning his energy within, he became mindful and was able to view everything from the perspective of a witness.
So, I decided to try his chakra alignment and here’s what I found:
So, my dear entrepreneurs, ready to unblock your own chakras and become the next Steve Jobs? I wish you nothing but peace, love and good luck on your journey. May you find your calling, flourish in your business and give back to the community. And if you ever need help, know that I’m just a phone call away. Get in touch with me at Financial Chakras website, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, or YouTube.
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Here’s one last tidbit about Steve Jobs, the genius, business magnate, innovator and tech legend that I picked from Inc.com:
He never put license plates on his silver Mercedes (despite driving it constantly). How did he do it? California has a rule that a car owner has six months to put plates on a new car. Jobs just changed cars (to the identical model) every six months, allowing him to drive without plates.
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