Steve Jobs in interview for PBS’ “One Last Thing’ doc, 1994
When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is
and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to
bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun,
save a little money.
That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover
one simple fact, and that is – everything around you that you call life,
was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it,
you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.
The minute that you understand that you can poke life and actually something
will, you know if you push in, something will pop out the other side, that you can
change it, you can mold it. That’s maybe the most important thing. It’s to shake
off this erroneous notion that life is there and you’re just gonna live in it,
versus embrace it, change it, improve it, make your mark upon it.
I think that’s very important and however you learn that,
once you learn it, you’ll want to change life and make it better,
cause it’s kind of messed up, in a lot of ways. Once you learn that,
you’ll never be the same again. See here.
Some where along the way, most people learn to conform. They are taught directly or indirectly to not stand out and don’t rock the boat.
Just be a good law abiding citizen, do your job, pay your bills and be satisfied with whatever Life decides to give you.
It doesn’t have to be this way. You can be a liver of life and not a gallbladder.