Steve Jobs on Life, Death, and Happiness

Steve Jobs passed on.  His impact on how we live and how we teach has been huge, but how he lived his life, and faced his own death may be his greatest legacy.  In his 2005 Commencement address at Standford, he said:

“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 the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

The whole speech is worth reading.  I hope my students will read it, and apply the lessons that this college drop-out learned through his successes and more importantly, his failures.

Safe home Steve Jobs.

Text of Steve Jobs’ Commencement address (2005).