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Steve Jobs on Life & Death

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…You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart…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 other people’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important have the courage to follow your heart and intuition…Everything else is secondary. (Steve Jobs)

Full talk here.



Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

7 thoughts on “Steve Jobs on Life & Death

  1. Great quote. His too-early death is so sad.

    I like your new blog layout very much, and look forward to more on Canadian literature, which I know too little about.

  2. I really must read the entire transcript of the speech. I’ve seen lots of quotes from it around the internet and every one has been wonderful. Poor man – so sad he died relatively young – but he was certainly not unfulfilled.

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