3 lessons from the life and times of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, the college dropout whose genius turned daunting technology into stylish art, changing the way the world works, lives, thinks and plays, has passed away after a battle with cancer at the age of 56.

In 2005, Jobs delivered a standout commencement address at Stanford University:

“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.”

“It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”

“And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

“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.”

Read the full text of the lecture: Steve Jobs

The Steve Jobs only I knew: Walter Mossberg

Read the obituaries: New York Times, CNET, WaPo, First Post, LBhat

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