Without a doubt, Steve Jobs was a creative and business genius-perhaps the most successful of our time. However, like anyone who has achieved great success, Steve Jobs also experienced massive failure. In 1985, he was pushed out of the company he co-founded-Apple-by his board of directors, and more than a few Apple products that he championed were flops in the marketplace. Remember the NeXT workstation, Ping, or iPod Hi-Fi? I didn't think so.
In 1994-just two years before he returned to Apple-Steve Jobs was interviewed by the Santa Clara Valley Historical Association. In a video excerpt from this interview, Jobs talks about his discovery of the one simple secret of life.
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. But life-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.
Jobs goes on to discuss how, in a way, you can poke a part of your life, and when you do, something new will pop out the other side. And whatever that new thing is, you can mold it in whatever way you like. You can change it-and your life-for the better.
Continues Jobs in the video...
...the most important thing is 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.