The Difference Between Billionaires And The Rest Of Us According To Steve Jobs

I know. This seems like the set up for a bad joke your stepfather tells you on an awkward, awkward Christmas morning. The first, and what you hope to be the last. But according to Steve Jobs, a man worth many a billion, there is a clear distinction between billionaires and the rest of us. 

In a Quora thread, venture investor, Patrick Methieson, noted a Jobs quote that “… encapsulates the billionaire mentality…”:

“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.”

Methieson, someone who has had a tenure working with billionaires, explains that there’s something most if not all billionaires internalise. Essentially, they tend to realise that the world is pliable (pliable, as in flexible by your hand, being the imperative word). 

Additionally, with “… enough pressure applied to an endeavour, sufficiently resourceful people really can change the world…”. This is in clear contrast with the majority of us who, in the balance of probabilities, work strictly within the structures of society, abide by the rules/strongly encouraged guidelines, and take the world to be “static”. It’s a can-do, roll-up-your-sleeves attitude meets thinking outside the box. 

Further dissecting the Jobs quote, it’s rather uplifting the more you think about it. You are no less capable (and no less a person) than the human beings before you that found the drive to innovate, and that innovated to change civilisation for the better. 

Long story short, carpe them diems, break those chains, and live your best life.