It is all over the media that the man behind Apple, Steven P. Jobs has passed away. His passing was inevitable due to his condition but it actually happening was not easy news to take and brought about a range of emotions from around the world. It even generated a crazy online reaction with the news being tweeted 10,000 times per second.
I could go on and write a whole lot about this visionary leader (whose creations I use and love) but I wont. One of the news channels showed snippets of his 2005 Stanford Commencement Address which was very inspirational. He covers 3 stories from his life which were, “Connecting the Dots”, “Love and Loss” and “Death”. One of the messages that struck me the most was in his story about death where he said the following:
For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
That message struck a chord with me because of personal circumstances that are making me re-evaluate my path in life. The address is well worth your time and I’m sure it will make you want to get up and aim for the stars!
Just in case you are interested > The Whole Earth Catalog by Stewart Brand