Stay hungry, stay foolish

[ Steve Jobs obit — posted by CC]

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Steve Jobs, February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011

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.

— from Steve JobsCommencement Address at Stanford University, June 2005

4 comments on this post.
  1. J.ScottShipman:

    Hi Charles, Thanks for sharing this quote. As you may know, I’m getting ready to wade into the deep end where this advice will essential. Jobs was a great man and this quote is a gift of wisdom.

  2. Rick Drysdale:

    Hot to rain on the parade but,
    Like a lot of what Steve Jobs did the quote is borrowed and he never gave credit. Reading the speach seems like a lot of nonsense and no substence.

    Remember that what little he did he did not do alone.

  3. Charles Cameron:

    Hi Rick:

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    Which quote, and where from?
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    It seems that Jobs’ Stanford speech was plagiarized by “the Ukrainian national security secretary” recently in a graduation speech, but the FT report I’ve linked to doesn’t seem to think it’s a terribly big issue…
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