This is the third in three installments about Steve Jobs' commencement speech delivered to Stanford University in June 2005, and this blog is adopted from that address. In his address, Mr. Jobs told three stories. Each story set out a part of Mr. Jobs' philosophy for life. The third story was about death.
Mr. Jobs stated that the realization that death will come, helped him make the big choices in his life. He said that all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure, all fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. He stated that in the face of this there is no reason to follow you heart.
At the time he gave his address, Mr. Jobs believed that his pancreatic cancer had been cured by surgery and that he was fine. The experience of facing impending death led him to sum up his story about death as follows:
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination that we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have th courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
Stated differently, "March to the beat of your own drum." Keep your focus, your own focus and no one else's. Live a file that is best for you, however you define it. Above all, never settle for second best.