Logging into my mac just now, I was very saddened to see, on the Apple home page, that today we lost a true American original.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.” – Steve Jobs
Please take a look at Jobs’s 2005 commencement address, delivered at Stanford University, a source of ongoing inspiration for me: http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidewalt/2011/10/05/steve-jobs-2005-stanford-commencement-address/
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart – Steve Jobs
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This speech changed how I look at my own life. Thanks for sharing that.
It’s important to me, and I’m glad it is to you.
After you posted this last night I decided to check out his speech (there was a full video of the speech on youtube) and it was absolutely brilliant. It’s always interesting to hear those who have been truly successful talk about some of the reasons for their success.
I had not looked at the speech for several years, and reviewing it (there is also a youtube link at the end of that Forbes transcript I posted) I was struck by how rich it is. So many things to consider. I found myself thinking this morning about the “connecting the dots” idea in my own life, and it’s true.
I remember hearing that Einstein once said, “The only really important question is whether or not the universe is a friendly place.” It seems to me that Steve Jobs, as with others we think of as great, lived their lives as an unequivocal “Yes,” to that question. It’s worthwhile to pause and let all the accounts of Jobs’ life and achievements reaffirm that for us.
Thanks for you comment.