Remembering that I will be dead soon is the most important tool I know of to help me make big decisions in life. Because almost everything – all the expectations, all the pride, all the fears of failure – all of these things go away when you die, leaving you alone with the really important things. Remembering that you will be dead soon is the best way to avoid freelance thinking that you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
Speech by Steve Jobs at Stanford University in 2005:
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