“When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and you’re life is just to live your life inside the world. [You are told:] 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, 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… 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… Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”
From a 1994 interview with Steve Jobs featured in the PBS documentary, “One Last Thing” (2011).