Steve Jobs

As you likely know, Apple founder Steve Jobs died recently.  I found the following Jobs’s quotes interesting.

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

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.


3 Comments on “Steve Jobs”

  1. Roger Sahs says:

    As much as he was praised as an innovator, IMO, he was one hell of a salesman…but it must of been a been a bitch to work for a “perfectionist control-freak”. As Spock told Dr. McCoy in the second StarTrek movie….”Really, Dr. McCoy. You must learn to govern your passions; they will be your undoing.”

  2. The DA Blog says:

    He made many people very wealthy–including Forrest Gump and Bubba’s Mom.

    • Roger Sahs says:

      I read that he was the world’s 110th richest man…and if had not sold his Apple stock back in the day to finance his other ventures, he would’ve been the 5th….

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