Steve Jobs’ Zoom-Out on Death

We do not need to look way back in time to the ancient philosophers for wisdom on death.  Steve Jobs inspirational “Stanford Commencement address on June 12, 2005.” is well worth watching and deserves repeat viewing from time to time.

Steve Jobs clearly had the ability to see death in its broader perspective and find positive meaning in it. To Zoom-Out.

To quote Steve Jobs here:

“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.”― Steve Jobs

“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.”― Steve Jobs

“If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?” – Steve Jobs

“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.”― Steve Jobs

“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 how it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.” ― Steve Jobs