By In Illuminate Your Path Posted June 26, 2012

Steve Jobs: How To Live Your Life Before You Die

The passing of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs at the young age of fifty-six from pancreatic cancer provides an important moment of reflection for all of us. Mr. Jobs legacy and impact on the world is likely to stretch into the future. Beyond his cultural and technological contributions, Jobs offers life lessons that can be gleaned from his own words in his Stanford University commencement address given on June 2005, “How To Live Before You Die.”

Steve offers the following key insights:

  • Connecting the Dots – Steve shares an early experience in life when he dropped out of college – he referenced the experience as he “dropped out in order to drop in.” Often in life, you can only “connect the dots” by looking back and not forward – the process enlightens one to have confidence that they will eventually connect the dots and allows one to “follow their heart.

  • Love and Laws – Steve shares an experience when he was fired at Apple Computer and was totally devastated because he had been rejected. He shared that “it was awful tasting medicine – but the patient needed it.” However, he believed in what he did, loved his work and was unwilling to settle. He kept focused on what he loved. Several years later Mr. Jobs returned to Apple and the technology (Next) he developed while away became the heart of the Apple renaissance. Love what you do… Don’t settle – you will know it when you find it… Keep Looking.

  • Death – At the end of his commencement address, Steve talks about death even though at the time (June 2005) he shared that his cancer was in total remission. He shared a question that he always asked himself at the beginning of each day – “If this day was my last day on earth, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” If the answer was “NO” for too many days in a row, he knew that he needed to change something. Steve concluded his speech – “Death is the destination we all share” — everybody has only an unknown amount of time in which to live their lives – therefore, our time is limited – “don’t waste it by living someone else’s life and do not let the noise of others opinion drown out you inner voice. Follow you heart and intuition – they somehow know what you want to become.”

Connect the Dots… Don’t Settle… and Love What You Do!

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