Some people come to pass; others come to live a deep track. If I can say that someone was a real inspiration in my life, then I should say it was Steve Jobs. I’ve read many books, they gave me a lot of things, yet I should say that a single word uttered by Steve Jobs gave me more.
Steve Jobs Stanford commencement speech is the real proof of what I’m saying. His three stories are extremely impressive, dramatic, deep and encouraging. They give power I can’t say what power; feel yourself.
Here I am quoting his muses on life and death from the famous Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech.
Life and death; it is a dilemma in which he’ll continue to live from now and on. He is dead but he’ll always be in life, because he gave SOMETHING to the life, he tried to make it better and he succeeded.
Read on the big words of a big man:
“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”
“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’ll most certainly be right.’ It made an impression on me, and 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. ”
“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.”
“My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.”
“This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept.”
“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.”
I don’t want to add anything, everything told after these will sound to be nonsense, at the end read my favorite one.
“You have to trust in something — your god, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
Watch the video of Steve Jobs Stanford commencement speech with intro by President John Hennessy; it is really-really impressive.