Steve Jobs Discusses How to Live Before You Die

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”  — Steve Jobs

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I normally don’t like to comment on current events. But right now I can’t stop thinking about Steve Jobs.

I am surprised by how sad I feel about his passing. It’s a sign of our modern era — Steve’s Era — that I could feel such grief for a man I’ve never met.

Steve lived the values I write about at Afford Anything. He’s a traveler, an entrepreneur, a creative visionary. He didn’t simply ‘have a job’; he pursued a higher calling. Steve’s been called a 21st century Leonardo di Vinci.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do,” he said at a Stanford commencement speech in 2005.

“If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.”

When Steve hit the lowest point in his career — when Apple’s Board kicked him out of his own company — he didn’t beat himself up, adopt a ‘loser’ mentality and retreat into obscurity. He started over.

“You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever,” he said. “This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

If you haven’t yet seen Steve Jobs’ speech, How to Live Before You Die, please take 15 minutes out of your day to watch this. If you only watch one video this entire year, watch this one.

Here’s to you, Steve.

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.” — Steve Jobs

“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?'” — Steve Jobs

“Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent.” — Steve Jobs

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” — Steve Jobs

Photo courtesy Noppyfoto.


  1. says

    The tragedy of his death was dying too young. He was famous and influenced the world through his products. He may have had a bigger influence than some because of it.

  2. says

    Thanks for sharing all of this. Steve was a man who had vision and creativity…and accomplished so much in his time here. And as awesome as it is – the things that he has helped to create in this world – the thing that touched me the most about him was his zest for really living his life. What a gift that is…

    Our world is a better place because of him…

  3. says

    I listened to this speech on NPR while I was driving, and it was absolutely beautiful and inspiring! I didn’t know anything about Jobs before the broadcast, and I must say I appreciated him, his struggles and his vision immensely afterwards.

  4. says

    The reason I feel sad as well is because he died so young. Makes me wonder how many amazing and inspiring things he could have still done. He was a man with great visions and he will be remembered forever. Thanks for sharing this video. As expected, I was inspired with his words.

  5. says

    I only hope that somebody says something truly meaningful about him: that he was a great person, a great father, and a great friend. The rest, of course, is meaningless. It’s sad that we often focus on the things that mean nothing at all. A speech is one thing..but how about the life behind the speech and the vision?
    Prowl the net for something meaningful about his kindness, generosity and integrity. I have. And it isn’t there.

    We have done Steve Jobs a disservice by not recognizing him as a human being. What does that say about us?

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