One Simple Thing

It’s hard to have a favorite Steve Jobs speech or quote when there’s so many great ones.

A bicycle for our minds. Values. We won’t ship junk. Giving a glass of ice water to somebody in hell. His commencement address at Stanford in 2005.

In the last few years though, his vision of the world has become something of a daily matra for me (hat tip Craig Hooper):

When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and you’re 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: 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.

I expect I’ll be learning from Jobs for many years to come.