Steve Jobs speaking at Stamford University in 2005:

“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 of all of us;

And that is as it should be; because Death is very likely the best single invention in 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 too.

Sorry to be so dramatic, but it’s true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.

Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is other people’s thinking.

Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your 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 is secondary.

4 thoughts on “The Wisdom of Jobs

  1. I have said to many many young people “Don’t waste your good years”.By that I mean the years between about 18 and your early 30’s.You are young,confident,physically fit and your intellectual powers are increasing.

    Grasp every opportunity that presents itself with both hands and run with it.

    Take risks while you are young. If you stuff it up you have time to recover – regroup and rebuild. If you get it right the first time – just keep going.

    Think forward to your declining years. Consider the possibility that most of your regrets will be about the things you Didn’t Do not the things that you have done….

    As Steve Jobs said “time is short”. Another Steve said to me several years ago “Aim High in Life – and NEVER EVER GIVE IN”.

  2. It´s very true what Steve said. Only in accepting the death (which is inevitable and will reach everyone of us one day sooner or later) we can appreciate and live our life to the fullest.

  3. I agree. No one wants to shuffle off. Visit any nursing home and witness the daily struggle to see another day. On the other hand I have known perfectly normal people commit suicide; out of the blue! Six in all. None exhibited any of the indicators of depression or derangement. All were non drinkers. None had ever tried the evil addictive tobacco. All except one , had families and seemed to be well adjusted. All of their children graduated. I think about this a lot. I am bereft of understanding of why they did it.JMD

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