Steve Jobs: 1955 -2011

For the past 33 years, I’ve looked in the mirror every morning and and asked myself, ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m 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.

-Steve Jobs during a Stanford commencement ceremony in 2005

RIP, Steve Jobs.

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