“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.” – Steve Jobs
Among the many inspirational quotes from Jobs’s legendary interview, this one had the deepest impact in my life. I encourage you to watch the whole video if you haven’t already. I hope your life changes like mine did the first time I watched it.
Society, the news, the status quo – or whatever you want to call it – does a great job at making you feel incompetent, so don’t support it.
A few years ago, I moved to the United States from the Dominican Republic in search of a better future. At the age of eighteen, I moved from this beautiful island I cherished, to the devouring and relentless city of New York. Although I’d be ecstatic to say that I had a plan to take over the world, in reality, I had no such thing. My journey to New York was actually forced against my will. Had I listened to fear and complacency, my life would have been completely different. Thanks to a father I didn’t understand, whom I am eternally grateful to, I was thrown into NYC and forced to figure things out.
Many may see moving to New York as a dream come true, but in that moment, my ability to dream was blurred by ignorance. I was stuck in a self-imposed fear of failure. During these times of cultural adjustment, I would often seek any distraction to avoid the notion of this fear. In one of these instances, I came across a movie titled “Jobs” on Netflix. Little did I know, my life would change forever.
Learning about Steve Jobs’ success story inspired me to take ownership of my own journey. I set out to prove the quote mentioned earlier. It didn’t matter what school I went to or where I came from. I was going to make the most out of my life and impact others in the process.
With this mindset, I’ve been able to achieve things I never imagined possible. I could have never thought that three years into my college journey I’d land an internship with one of the most innovative companies in the world. Or that I would have the opportunity to mentor multiple students as they navigate their own careers. And if I were to share my spiritual and emotional achievements, I’d have to keep you reading for a couple of hours. These results are only a glimpse of what this change of mind has afforded me.
To some, Jobs’s words may seem decorative and not applicable to their current challenges. If you fall into that category, I challenge you to try it out. Think of an alternative way of achieving your goals, ask others how they’ve achieved what you want to achieve. Most importantly, try different approaches and track the results that life gives you. Poke life and see what reaction might occur.