Steve Jobs one year after his death. Why did we cry this morning?

Mom? Dad? Why are you crying?

Very few people really change the world, and do it for the better. Shona and I believe that Steve Jobs did.

So we had to explain ourselves this morning to our #1 son when he found us at the table. Say what you will, doesn’t matter. We miss Steve.

Steven Paul “Steve” Jobs

February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011

Steve Jobs on death and life (Steve was a Buddhist)

From his 2005 Commencement Speech, Stanford University…

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, 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.

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…

… continue reading Steve’s commencement speech: Goodbye Steve… and thank you


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2 responses to “Steve Jobs one year after his death. Why did we cry this morning?


    Yeah, Steve always had an eye on the future. Many of his early predictions turned out to be the things we take for granted today. We’ve come a long way since 1983, thanks to Steve.

  2. Okeba

    It is true that when you know that you can be dead tomorrow, you can no longer be a sloath. You will hustle and get on with what you know you are capable of doing, with a happiness that will allow you to get through your project or event without losing. Losing and the feeling of failure come through thinking that you cannot succeed. It is what your mind does.. I was so interested to understand the Steve Jobs was a Buddhist. He must have trusted his true mission and his path. I wish that everyone can step out of his/her self made box and create beyond any perceived ‘unlikely’ limit.

    …And be Happy!