Tool Builders

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Startups and entrepreneurs, or those just thinking of taking the plunge, often seem to need a little encouragement somewhere along the way.

For a short pep talk, the video above reveals the late Steve Jobs’ thought-provoking, but simple view of the world:

“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.” For more wisdom, here’s an unedited interview from 1990:
The interviewer asks him about the personal computer: What is it about this machine? Why is this machine so interesting?

His answer:

“We humans are tool builders. And we can fashion tools that amplify these inherent abilities that we have to spectacular magnitudes. So for me, a computer has always been a bicycle of the mind — something that takes us far beyond our inherent abilities.”

“I think we’re just at the early stages of this tool — very early stages. And we’ve come only a very short distance, and it’s still in its formation. But already we’ve seen enormous changes. And I think that’s nothing compared to what we’ll see in the next hundred years.”

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