From Garr Reynolds: This clip is from a PBS docu­men­tary called “One Last Thing” which aired last November. This inter­view clip dates back to a time in the ‘90s, before Steve Jobs rejoined Apple. The words are very simple and uncom­pli­cated… and true. Life is short and ephemeral, an yet we can have an impact. We can each make a contri­bu­tion. Our job is to figure out what that contri­bu­tion is.

Life: “You can change it, you can influence it…”

When you grow up, you tend to get told that 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, 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 that 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. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.

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.” — Steve Jobs

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