I don’t normally do serious on this site, but like a lot of people, I’m saddened by the death of Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, and the man largely responsible for transforming a company in imminent danger of ignominious collapse into the huge force it is today.
There are all manner of articles, tributes and analyses being posted, so I’ll just quote some words from the man himself:
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 â€” 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.
These words were part of his address to graduates at Stanford University in 2005, about a year after his original cancer diagnosis.