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Words of Wisdom from Steve Jobs

October 6, 2011

The technology world was saddened yesterday with the passing of Steve Jobs, a man so intertwined with the company he led that he became synonymous with Apple.

As many remember the man who many consider a visionary, an innovator and a genius, I came across these inspiring words from his 2005 commencement speech 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.”

Steve Jobs was 56 years old. He is survived by his wife and three children. Rest in peace.

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