Diary of a Financier

Steve Jobs, In Memoriam

In Existential on Thu 6 Oct 2011 at 08:45

“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.

Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

  1. I have this paragraph as my computer background. These are priceless words.

    • I use a lot of Apple products, but I’ve never necessarily worshipped Mr. Jobs. The man was a phenomenal human being though. I wanted to write a quick dedication to him, but I thought that quote said it all. So sage, so original, so unadulterated.
      I’m sure it’s changed many lives. I know it moved me when I first read it last night. Not to be dramatic, but I think it will change my life too.

  2. […] “You’re already naked,” by Steve […]

  3. […] Reminiscent of Steve Jobs’ “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon”  speech. […]


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