I’ve seen this Steve Jobs video floating around in the last few days. In it, he discusses what he thinks is the most important thing about understanding life. Jobs was marginally (barely) smarter than me so I’ll let him do the talking:
“When you grow up you tend to get told 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 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, you can build your own things that other people can use.
And the minute you understand that you can poke life and push it and something will pop out the other side, that you can change it, 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 gonna live in it. Versus embrace it, change it, improve it, make your mark upon it. I think that’s very important. Once you learn that, you’ll want to change life and make it better because it’s kind of messed up in a lot of ways. Once you learn that you’ll never be the same again.”
Mr. Roche is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Discipline Funds.Discipline Funds is a low fee financial advisory firm with a focus on helping people be more disciplined with their finances.
He is also the author of Pragmatic Capitalism: What Every Investor Needs to Understand About Money and Finance, Understanding the Modern Monetary System and Understanding Modern Portfolio Construction.