Steve Jobs died today at the age of 56. Obituaries: CNN, Los Angeles Times, Macworld, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle. Steve resigned as Apple CEO only on August 24. His final public presentation, as far as I can tell, was at WWDC on June 6; this extraordinary shot was taken afterward.
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important thing 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.
In our household, which contains four working Macs, five iPods, an iPad and an Apple TV, Steve’s impact goes without saying. At least for tonight.