Like many other lovers of business books, I was captivated by Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs. Isaacson was able to shed light on a visionary and the companies that his unparalleled genius spawned.
In many ways, Jobs' rise to prominence was incredibly fortuitous, from being raised in what would later become known as Silicon Valley, to stumbling into a friendship with electronics genius Steve Wozniak. However, Steve Jobs transformed his potential into greatness through a resolute belief in his ability to shape his world. In a 1994 interview, Jobs said:
“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. 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… Once you learn that, you'll never be the same again.”
Keep this quote nearby as you interact with YOUR world this week.
Remove the socially- and personally-constructed limitations on your life. Remember the power and influence that you wield, and use it. "You'll never be the same again."