Steve Jobs is an interesting personality. Since his death I’ve become enthralled in his story. I would love to sit down with him for a chat. His philosophy of life speaks volumes and connects with the way I live my life. During a 1994 PBS interview Jobs essentially says that people try to form your world for you as you are growing up and that society doesn’t really want you to have your own thoughts or personality. You must conform!
I, like Jobs, do not believe that conformity is the key to a happy life, it actually limits your life. Jobs says, “…everything around you that you call life, was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, mold it, you can influence it…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”.
The earlier chapters in my story consisted of going along with status quo: college, marriage, kids, and working. I don’t regret any part of those events because they’ve made me who I am today and have laid the foundation for the next chapter in my life, which will consist of helping people heal their past, embrace the present, and shape a more positive future. That will be the mark I leave on this world. I am so excited to embrace all possibilities in 2013!!
Steve Jobs in interview for PBS‘ ‘One Last Thing’ documentary, 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….”