Remembering You'll Soon Be Dead Is The Most Important Tool To Help Make The Big Choices In Life

"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

There are many diverse opinions about Steve Jobs, and that's the kind of result that generally follows a person who goes after what he or she wants and finds success. Regardless of how you feel about what he's created, he had a vision, set out to achieve it, and did. As he notes in this quote and many others, this is your one chance at life. Don't waste it.

Steve Jobs' Best Quotes [Wall Street Journal]


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    I'm note big fan of Steve Jobs by I do agree with the sentiment.

    From one who has also sat in the oncologist waiting room you really do not get it until & unless you do, that is unless you are fully at attention and able to clearly hear what someone like Steve Jobs says to you. So LISTEN UP FOLKS this is it: your only ride!

      What the HELL are you talking about? That made no sense?!

    Getting a little sick of the Steve Jobs media overexposure circus but the quote above is only effective for terminally or seriously ill people. Until it's a very real proposition, death is something we do not think of or consider in making decisions. Harsh but true.

      Dee: you're going to die too. I would advise you to read the quote again because I think that you've missed the point, but you know, you're going to die one day, so I don't think you should bother.

      My God, we have here in our midst a true Immortal!

      Tell us, o great Dee, what is it like to know you will never die?

      Or at the very least, that it's not a 'very real proposition'.

    Are you serious? This is just a quote from Steve...nothing about him retiring. I guess haters will hate.

    As far as the statement goes, I totally agree.

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