“Find your North Star, let it guide you in your life and in your life’s work”
– Tim Cook
In 2011, Cook took over the reins of world’s most reputed technology company, Apple. Since then, carrying on the legacy, Cook has stunned the world with his innovations and leadership.
Here are few things that are quite unheard about the famous CEO:
He’s an early bird
Cook has some weird sleeping habits. He’s an early riser and his day starts at around 3:45 am. The first thing he does is to put on his Apple watch, as told to The Telegraph. That is followed by reading, sending emails, hitting the gym (he’s a fitness nut) and a quick stop at Starbucks before entering the Apple headquarters. He fuels himself with energy bars throughout the day, keeps on a high-protein diet and is known for going to bed at 9:30 pm or maybe 10. Now that is some schedule!
Plans to give away his wealth
Big on charity, Cook plans to give away all his wealth (worth an estimate of $785 million) to charity after paying off for his nephew’s college tuitions. He started a Charitable Matching Program in 2011, one of his first works after taking up the post of Apple’s CEO. He participates in many fundraising events and has donated about $50 million to charity till 2014.
A philanthropist and an advocate of social causes
Cook supports gay rights and sexual freedom and once criticized his home state for disregarding people’s sexual orientation. Last year, he jumped into a debate regarding anti-homosexual laws in the states of Indiana and Arkansas. These laws gave businesses the right not to serve gays and lesbians on religious grounds. So much so, he even considered halting Apple’s operations in these two states if the stature remained inflexible. Moreover, he is concerned about sustainability and green energy resources.
Offered his liver to Steve Jobs
The book, Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader, mentions a heartwarming incidence where Cook was so concerned about his senior’s health that he offered a portion of his liver to Jobs. The book mentions:
“He cut me off at the legs, almost before the words were out of my mouth,” said Cook. “‘No,’ he said. ‘I’ll never let you do that. I’ll never do that.’”
They both had a relationship of 13 long years.
His office wall is lined with pictures of his heroes
Posters of his two heroes – Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy – adorn Cook’s office wall. He admires the two men because of how they laid their lives on the line for their beliefs, as stated to Business Insider. He’s following the footsteps of his ideals, having qualities such as humble, hardworking, and generous – this says a lot about the legacy Cook himself hopes to leave behind.