[ Steve Jobs obit — cross-posted from Zenpundit ]
Steve Jobs, February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011
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.
— from Steve Jobs‘ Commencement Address at Stanford University, June 2005
I have removed an image from this post on request — I do however believe it complements the sentiments expressed here, and it can be found here should you wish to see it.