06 Oct Steven P. Jobs: 1955 – 2011
Shortly after the news of Steve Jobs’ death spread around the world via Twitter, Facebook and other social media, so did his 2005 Stanford commencement speech.
Why? Because in his speech, Jobs took a somber moment to talk about his impending death and the importance of living life to the fullest.
“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,” Jobs said that day.
“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
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.”
Watch the video of Steve Jobs, in his own words: