19 February 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Build your own things — live your own life

For most of us, growing up involves being told to go to school, to get into a good brand name college and you’ll get a nice job with a pension and life will be happily ever after.

As we get older, we start to realize that it isn’t quite that straightforward.

You go to school every day, get good grades, but then don’t get into that good college.. or you get into that college, get into debt, then still don’t find a job.  Or you find a job, then a recession hits or the industry faces a downturn, and you’re lost without a job.

The more we go through life, the simple formula of “Go to school, get a job, happily ever after.” really starts to break down.

Once you break that illusion, life begins to change.. Steve Jobs said it perfectly:


“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.”


What is he saying here?

Through life you grow up with this vision of some people being better than you, or stronger than you, or smarter than you… that there’s some unspoken reason that some people are successful and that you aren’t.

The thing is — there isn’t.  There isn’t any reason other than that they’ve walked the path.

The only reason that somebody is ‘ahead’ or ‘above’ you.. is because they’ve taken action, they’ve done it.  The only thing separating you from them, is that they have done it and you have not.

So how do you get there?  How do you get from where you are, to where you want to be?

You Do. You Take Action, You Take that First Step.