Steve Jobs: Creating Space

One of the main reasons that we don’t make any progress in life is that we do not have enough time to do it. That sounds strange, it is exactly what people tell me. They see a possible way to go forward but they don’t take it. When I ask why not, they say they were just too busy at that moment.

So if we are going to do better, then we will have to make time. We have to get less busy. One way to look at that is to say we will slow down. We will refuse to fill up every moment with adrenalin soaked panics about meeting deadlines. But slowing down is not enough. It is not enough because slowing down leads to more slowing down: We get complacent.

In fact, what we need is a way to see more clearly what is going on.  If we see more clearly, we will see when our pace is getting out of control. We will see ourselves as part of a performance, not just performing.

Ok, how do we see more clearly? Steve Jobs thought he had the answer.

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 life, have fun, save a little money. But life-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, you can build your own things that other people can use.

Translation please: What Steve is saying is that reality has at least two dimensions in time. The first dimension consists of the things we see. That is the “world” in Steve Jobs’s vocabulary. But there is a second dimension. That second dimension is the framework for the existence of the things we see. The reason why they are significant.

We are taught to see the world. We are not taught to see the reasons for the world. The more we focus on the reasons rather than the things, the more open we are to changing things to suit reasons. The more clearly we see that we are doing in time.

Got that?


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