Archive for June, 2005


Occasionally a passage from a novel or an excerpt from a speech comes along and succinctly expresses so many ideas that you can identify with that you wish that you had said it. I read one of those today in the form of a speech by Steve Jobs.

I particularly liked the following:
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important thing 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.”

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