I’m going to dare to be the first one to write a critical response to this piece.
I could do so from a philosophical background, quoting Socrates about the unexamined life not being worth living.
Or recount how I spent four years studying philosophy, creating no “value” for other people, while critically challenging assumptions held by society and myself.
Or how such examination of the ideology behind your claims like “economics is the most powerful social discipline” might illuminate how finance capitalism and shareholder value theory has hampered real innovation since the late-1970s.
But since many of the people reading and responding to this essay probably revere Steve Jobs, let’s just recount a bit of his history.
Steve Jobs dropped out of college. He ignored real work and hardships to study calligraphy (if there was anything more useless than philosophy, eh?).
Steve Jobs didn’t build a daily routine to learn how to create value for people. Like “far too many bright young people on their fifth backpacking tour of South America” he fucked off to India to teach himself how not to be like other people, how not to think like those around them.
Then he came back and got a job at Atari. Underpaying Woz for doing the work, fyi—someone might call that capturing value, not creating it.
Life is long. Life gets much longer every generation.
Please, to the youth. Take time to examine your life, you won’t regret it later.