Steve Jobs: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you

 

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 life, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: 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… Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.

– Steve Jobs, from an interview

Everything that’s part of our culture was made up by and passed on by people like you and me. Words. Ideas. Norms. Expectations. How we do things. All our assumptions about the world. Even all our assumptions about ourselves and who and what we are.

We are trained to think we can’t question it, and that’s part of our culture too. That’s part of what was created and passed on by people like you and me. And people like you and me can – and do – question it. See through it. Change it.

Steve Jobs: Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered

 
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. – Steve Jobs