Steve Jobs on Death and Conventional Business Wisdom

I read today that Steve Jobs is being remembered like a “rock star.”

His passing has a big ripple effect on many people around the world. We pay attention to what other famous people are saying about Steve Jobs and his life. Like Neil Diamond, who profoundly and simply said, “iSad.”

Any creative company or person working in the creative field is affected by the news of his death. I personally am not going to weigh in on his death and legacy here. Instead, I’ll let Steve Jobs talk for himself about the idea of death. Plus some of his life lessons and wisdom he learned along the journey.  You could apply it in a personal way or in a business sense. A lot people in business (and in general) admire this man. I wonder how many businesses and corporations actually practice some of his ideals? Especially the “stay hungry, stay foolish” part.

 

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“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven dont want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Lifes change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so dont waste it living someone elses life. Dont be trapped by dogma which is living with the results of other peoples thinking. Dont let the noise of others opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.”

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

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