TIME

Back in 1982, a 26-year-old Steve Jobs gave a speech upon receiving the “Golden Plate” award from the Academy of Achievement in Washington, D.C.

It was a chance for Jobs to talk to high-achieving youngsters about how to make their lives and the world better.

He told them about his remarkably accurate theory of creativity.

He also detailed a realization that changed his life.

“One of the things that I had in my mind growing up — I don’t know how it got there — but that the world was sort of something that happened just outside your peepers, and you didn’t really try to change it,” he said, according to the transcript provided on Genius.“You just sort of tried to find your place in it and have the best life you could. And it would all just go on out there, and there were some pretty bright people…

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