Steve Jobs had a lot of secrets in his personal life, but among his "Secrets of Life" for success were some inspiring words, shared in a video by that name, now available on a pay-per-view basis by the Santa Clara Valley Historical Association.
The non-profit group, whose mission is to "research and record the Silicon Valley phenomenon," interviewed Jobs in 1995 when the Apple co-founder was at NeXT Computer, another company the young entrepreneur started after being ousted from Apple (of course, he later returned).
The 29-minute film costs $9.99 to watch, with proceeds benefiting the association, which has established the Steve Jobs: Secret of Life website for the video.
In this snippet shared above, Jobs is passionate (what else?) about life and how one should live it, saying the average guidance most of us get is to "live your life inside the world ... try not to bash into the walls too much."
Not so, he says:
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.
And the minute that you understand that you can poke life ... and actually ... if you push in, something will pop out the other side ... you can change it, you can mold it. That's maybe the most important thing, is to shake off this erroneous notion that life is there and you're just going to 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, cuz it's kind of messed up in a lot of ways. Once you learn that, you'll never be the same again.
Inspirational words, to be sure; and words Jobs did live by until his death in October.
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