Roger Ehrenberg posted this short piece which included the following quote from Steve Jobs:
When you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way it is. Your life is to live your life inside the world, to try not to bash into the walls too much: Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money… but 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… the minute you understand that you can change it, that you can mold it, that’s maybe the most important thing. 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… and make your mark upon it.
Ehrenberg had a nice additional point as well:
In essence, this means (a) not worrying about what others are doing, and ignoring the fear and envy that comes from watching others’ perceived success (which, in fact, may not be enduring) and (b) not accepting the status quo as a given, but working to shape your own reality, a better and more functional reality than that which currently exists. These prompts help us stay true to ourselves