Steve Jobs shares three stories from his life and offers a moving meditation on death at Stanford's commencement in 2005. The full transcript is available on Stanford's site, where these words in particular stand out:
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.
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