Steve Jobs gave one of his greatest speaks in the 119th commencement of Stanford University. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a fan of Steve Jobs, but what he said in that speak was, in my opinion, undeniably true.
…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.. – Steve Jobs
If you ask me what I should bet on to get a surest win? My answer is I’m going to bet that one day you and me will die. I will definitely win since death is the inarguable fact, the law of nature.
The only thing matter here is “when?”. It could be 40 years from now, 10 years from now, a month from now or … even today? No one knows what tomorrow will be like. You could laugh with a friend today and tomorrow you would hear the news that you would never be able to see him or her again. Sad? Yes. But that might happen to you, me or all of us. My friend died in an accident three years ago, and that was just a few hours after we talked. Since then, I have realized that if I can’t predict how long I’m going to live, I will make every single day of my life counts. Life is short.
…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.. – Steve Jobs