As you’ve likely heard, computing genius and visionary tech pioneer Steve Jobs passed away today after a battle with cancer. He died peacefully at home surrounded by his family. His family has asked for privacy during their period of mourning, leaving a public that feels so touched by the man who created the iMac, iTunes, iPhone and the iPad unsure how to honor his legacy.
A friend of mine posted some quotes of his on her Facebook page, and when I read them I felt compelled to share them with you here. Jobs’ words are powerful and his message potent: each of us has the ability to achieve greatness if only we can tap into our inner-truth.
In 2005, Jobs told the graduating class at Stanford University:
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….
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.
If you have time, his complete 15-minute commencement address is below. RIP, Steve.