On June 12, 2005, on of the world’s best inventors, Steve Jobs said this to Stanford University graduates:
“Death is very likely the best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.
“Right now, the new is you. But someday, not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it’s quite true.
“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 other people’s opinions drowned 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. “
Today, 11.5 years later, Steve’s message somehow seems startlingly personal, don’t you think?