In Memoriam: Steve Jobs

With the sad and untimely passing of Steve Jobs, I was compelled to share the more poignant part of his 2005 Keynote Commencement Speech at Stanford University.

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.

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