Salute to the iCon
He told us three stories.
The first story about connecting the dots. The second story about love and loss. The third about death.
When you come to hear the third story, the heart begins to thaw and that liquid seems to slowly come up to your eyes. Yes, I am talking about Steve Jobs, one of those rare men who moved history and molded the destiny of their own times and of the generations to come by. Still, I cannot call him Late Steve Jobs, because it can never be accepted.
What his third story said –
“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.
About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.
I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I’m fine now.
This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept”
Call him the visionary, the genius, the creator, but for me he was the man who rose from failure to show us the path to success. The man who led innovation, and influenced us to keep innovating, keep progressing.
Salute to the evergreen Steve Jobs.
I may keep posting photos, may keep copying extracts from all the social networking sites and share you, because they all tamper your feelings every time you read them. I want you to feel the same for the great!
“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”