On June 12, 2005, Steve Jobs, the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Apple Inc, gave the Commencement Address at Stanford University in the USA. You can read the full address and watch the video of it here. In his address, Jobs talked of his diagnosis of cancer in 2004 and how he battled it. As we all know, Jobs died on October 5, 2011. That he died so relatively young makes his address even more poignant. In it, Jobs reminds us what really matters.
I have included an extract below as a reminder to us keep perspective and think of the things that truly matter.
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.