I must be going through a philosophical phase at the moment, because I’m being very reflective about life!
Steve Jobs’ decision to step down as the CEO of Apple this week due to health issues is one of those events that brings home the fact that we’re all mortal, and reminded me of a speech he gave to the students of Stanford University in 2005 – in this excerpt he reminds us all that no matter how young you are, one day you’ll be old and consigned to history – regardless of whether you were rich and famous, or poor and unknown.
So make the most of your time, and have the courage to follow your heart …..
“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t 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 Life’s 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 don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t 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.”
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