Steve Jobs: “Live Each Day As If It Was Your Last”

 Steve Jobs’ announcement that he is leaving his post at Apple almost certainly means that his health has worsened following repeated treatments for pancreatic cancer.  This is a good time to re-read the great commencement address he gave at Stanford a few years back. One of many key quotes:

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.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

The full address is here.

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