Steve Jobs reflects on the meaning of death

Steve Jobs: 1955-2011

“When I was 17 I read a quote that went something like, ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you will most certainly be right.’ It made an impression on me.

Since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

“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.”

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3 replies

  1. Stanford offered up the full transcript of the speech, if you’d like to pick out your own favorite excerpts: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html

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