Poke life

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.”

Most people never pick up the phone, most people never ask. And that’s what separates, sometimes, the people that do things from the people that just dream about them. You gotta act. And you gotta be willing to fail… if you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.”

Uit Steve Jobs: Secrets of Life , een documentaire uit 2009, die opgebouwd werd rond een 20 minutend durend interview die Steve Jobs gaf in 1994.
via @tijs ,  tekst via brainpickings.

Doen wat je graag doet.

Ik had nog nooit van Allan Watts gehoord, maar hij zegt wel een aantal rake dingen.


Because if you say that getting the money is the most important thing,
you’ll spend your life completely wasting your time.
You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing, in order to go on living,
that is to go on doing things you don’t like doing, which is stupid!
Better to have a short life, that is full of what you like doing
then a long life spent in a miserable way.

Doen wat je graag doet, en in feite op zoek gaan naar de Sweet Spot dus.


credits prentje: @nalden