I just learned that Steve Jobs died. At first, I was saddened but then I smiled because I know he lived a full and authentic life. Consider this powerful quote on death from Steve Jobs that is sure to be repeated many times today and in the future:
"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important thing 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
This quote on death is even more powerful now than it was when Steve Jobs said it to a class of graduating college students in 2005.
I am also proud to say that this quote is featured in my forthcoming Ebook, which begins with a chapter on death--because death is what gives meaning to life, just as darkness gives meaning to light and sadness gives meaning to joy.
Here is an excerpt from my Ebook's chapter on Death:
If one is to begin with the end in mind, the true end is not some destination reached in a financial plan, a career path or some other end. All ends in life are subordinate to the end of life; the plans we make—financial, career, and personal relationships—may be given meaning and purpose by holding close the thought of mortality: Death gives meaning to life—your life—and it enables the perspective that will allow you to form your own philosophy—your life philosophy—the meaning and purpose of your life and all that you do. The end is where you begin.
Rest in peace Steve Jobs. You are truly an inspiration.