>Steve Jobs changed the World by introducing us to one of the first computers in the 1970s.
His inspiration and foresight into death is reflected during his commencement speech, How to live before you die, at Stanford University in 2004. The video was produced a year after he was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. Steve Jobs was the CEO and co-founder of Apple and Pixar.
The following are excerpts taken from his speech:
“Sometimes life’s going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work and the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking and don’t settle! As with all the matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
When he was 17, he read a quote that was something like “if you live each day as if it were your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right”. He continued to say, he’s looked in the mirror for the past 33 years and asked himself “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about do today. Whenever the answer has been no for too many days in a row, I know that I need to change something.”
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool that I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. 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.”
“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to Heaven don’t want to die.”
“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 peoples thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drown out your own inner voice. 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.” – Steve Jobs
In Memoriam of Steven “Steve” Paul Jobs, Rest in Peace, October 5, 2011.
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