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WATCH: Steve Jobs considers his legacy in an unreleased clip from 1994
"This is not a field where one paints a painting that will be looked at for centuries."
 

Here's a young Steve Jobs back in 1994 talking about his legacy in the computer business — but he may as well have been speaking in the iPhone era. At the time, Jobs was heading up a computer company called NeXT, and working with Pixar to develop Toy Story, years before his triumphant return to Apple in 1997.

"This is not a field where one paints a painting that will be looked at for centuries," he says. "This is a field where one does one's work, and then in ten years, it's obsolete."

The footage is part of a short film called Steve Jobs: Visionary Entrepreneur, which was just released by the Silicon Valley Historical Association. Jobs is asked a series of questions and gives advice to young entrepreneurs. "It's sort of like sediments of rocks. You're building up a mountain, and you get to contribute your little layer of sedimentary rock to make the mountain that much higher," says Jobs. "But no one on the surface — unless they have X-ray vision — will see your sediment."

Here's a separate clip that's been circulating for a few years (ostensibly from the same interview), in which Jobs talks about his life's philosophy.

(Via The Loop)

 
Chris Gayomali is the science and technology editor for TheWeek.com. Sometimes he writes about other stuff. His work has also appeared in TIME, Men's JournalEsquire, and The Atlantic.

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