The Most Important Tool to Help Make the Big Choices in Life

“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

34 thoughts on “The Most Important Tool to Help Make the Big Choices in Life”

  1. Michael says:

    Very inspirational speech from Jobs.

    I’d like to live by that. Just go for it full out and do the best we can with the life we have because soon we will be dead!

    1. Yes this one of the best and encouraging speech for everyone who is going to start new venture.

      That’s why this video already crossed 42 million views.

      1. I am always confuse in million and billion 😉 … so do not pull my leg for that … 😀

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          some points are very impotent

    2. MykeTech says:

      It’s the best way to live start right now!

    3. PPC Ian says:

      Very inspirational indeed, Steve Jobs is an amazing leader. I had not head this quote before, thanks for sharing John.

  2. fazal mayar says:

    thats an inspirational speech that reminds me to stop doing things that hurt me as a person. We have to be smarter and profit of life.

  3. An excellent speech from one of the worlds greatest CEO’s (yes, I know he’s now no longer CEO of Apple but he was one of the world’s greatest CEO’s) who has done wonders for Apple, especially after he came back turning them into the worlds most valuable company.

    1. He is a true fighter with full of killer instinct … That keep him active and coming stronger everytime.

  4. And when I thought Bill Gates is the epitome of success in Silicon Valley, there goes Steve Jobs marching with his genius talent for innovation. Inspiring and powerful message. Just what I need for the day 😉

    1. Image of Bill gates was a soft ceo whereas Steve is quite aggressive.

      1. The image one has of other people can be false. Both Bill and Steve have great qualities and abilities. The style is not necessarily that important.

  5. One of the largest creator and developer in the IT industry has made his choice and retired.

    1. Yep. I bet is was a very hard decision for him, even with his condition.

  6. fas says:

    This is a very old speech. Its played in all B-schools across the world.

    1. I doubt that it is played in all business schools and I’m sure you don’t know that it is so.

      It doesn’t matter that the speech is 6 years old because it’s that good that it really is timeless.

  7. Deals Attack says:

    i got so inspired and i believe jobs has helped Apple in achieving a lot of big things.

    if i am wrong, Apple has patented rights on “touch screen” smart phone too which i think is the greatest achievement.

    1. I would say Apple and Steve both help each other and both come alive after launching of ipod. Their turning point.

  8. MykeTech says:

    I have new inspiration. Fear is a weak emotion, I think it makes people make bad decisions..

    1. Fear is the most strong emotion my friend and it can cause you to do either daring stuff or can make you coward.

  9. Steve job will go down in history for his amazing talent. An awsome innovator and motivator

    1. Certainly he is …. He gave new dimension of the tech world and showed that Gadegts can be gorgeous as well.

  10. GlyphTab says:

    Steve Jobs has forwarded human history a great deal. He has a big portion in technology advance contribution. What makes death beautiful is that it’s not the end. It’s just like changing clothes.

  11. Technary says:

    Steve Jobs is a real Tycoon in the technology Industry! Hats off to his great work!

  12. There is only one problem with following the heart…the fact that it is treacherous and deceptive to its owner…not all of the time, of course, just most of the time…:-O


    1. The problem with Brain is that it is too analytical, shortsighted and full of clutter.
      However, listening to the heart is not easy, the intrusive and domineering Brain gets in the way.

    2. There is a problem with either he heart or the mind working alone. They need to be used together in a balance that is not easy to achieve.

  13. Whitney says:

    Super inspirational words! Steve Jobs is simply a legend. Nothing more, nothing less. He has touched all of our hearts and he will be leaving a void now that he has stepped down as ceo of apple.

  14. Erwin Miradi says:

    It’s truly inspirational speech indeed. I’m going to share this vid too.

    1. PPC Ian says:

      Definitely worth sharing, you cannot go wrong with Steve Jobs, he always has something valuable to say.

  15. Buy a Blog says:

    Steve Jobs- is a Great guy and his thought is unique too. I like the man personally for his creativity.

  16. Pam Britton says:

    In order to achieve happiness we must not waste time, we must remember that birth and death are “the great matters.” So, yes, why not just “get naked” and be real with our lives!
    Always Going On Beyond!

  17. allan stuart says:

    kudos to the Appe evangelist… such an inspirational speech and you know what, we live only once. do our best, don’t let fear overtake your action and be prepare to take calculated risk.

    and lastly, enjoy your life

  18. Got inspired a lot love to have an regular touch with your blog

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