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Living: Steve Jobs dies, but leaves behind an uplifting speech

October 5, 2011

“If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.”

In 2005, Steve Jobs quoted that line in a commencement speech at Stanford University. It was the closest he had come to a college graduation. In light of his unfortunate death today, I wanted to share the video of this speech via TED, which titled it “How to live before you die.” Jobs speaks lightly and enlightens his graduating audience about his path to success and his battle with pancreatic cancer, and I find it is a good way to celebrate his life.

I’m not an insane Apple fan or anything, but I do like technology, I appreciate my Mac, and I think creative people should be recognized for their contributions.

In the speech, Jobs says, “For the past 33 years, I’ve 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?'”

“Remembering that you’re going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. You have no reason not to follow your heart.”

Good advice, Mr. Jobs. Thanks for giving us fonts, making Toy Story, revolutionizing portable computing, and simply living.

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