Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again

Steve Jobs in an interview by the Santa Clara Valley Historical Association while he was at NeXT Computer in Redwood City, California.


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, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that 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.

The minute that you understand that you can poke life and actually something will, you know if you push in, something will pop out the other side, that you can change it, you can mold it. That’s maybe the most important thing. It’s 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.

Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson on sale

I bought it this morning through the iBookstore and can't wait to read it.

It seems the prices for the ebook versions have been all over the place today. This morning Amazon had it for US$9.99 and right now it's at US$10.36. Not a big difference, just weird.

What's really strange is that the US iBookstore is selling it for US$16.99 while the Australian one is selling it for AU$9.99. I can't complain about that, but it's just really weird. Normally the Australian store has all prices about 30% higher than the US store.

I've complained about that on multiple occasions, and I now buy most ebooks on Amazon. I checked the iBookstore for the Steve Jobs biography today because it just felt right to buy it there.