February 27, 2020
If you walked down a busy street, you’d have a hard time finding anyone who didn’t know the name Steve Jobs. He was one of the most influential people in recent memory. He was an inventor, a designer, and entrepreneur. He co-founded Apple, a company that revolutionized the computer industry and eventually the cell phone and mobile device industries. His business successes led him to become a billionaire with a fortune of $7 billion. Tragically, he died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 56.
There are a lot of lessons that we can learn from Steve Jobs. He left an impact in business, but he also left an impact in the way that he lived his life. Today, I want to reflect on some of his last words.
“At this moment, lying on the bed, sick and remembering all my life, I realize that all my recognition and wealth that I have is meaningless in the face of imminent death. You can hire someone to drive a car for you, make money for you, but you cannot rent someone to carry the disease for you.
As we get older we are smarter, and we slowly realize that the watch is worth $30 or $300, both of which show the same time. Whether we drive a car worth $150,000, or a car worth $2000, the road and distance are the same, we reach the same destination. If we drink a bottle worth $300 or wine worth $10, we’re drunk.
Five Undeniable Facts
1. Do not educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy. So when they grow up they will know the value of things, not the price. #happy
2. Eat your food as medicine, otherwise, you will need to eat your medicine as food. #health
3. Whoever loves you will never leave you, even if he has 100 reasons to give up. He will always find one reason to hold on. #love
4. There is a big difference between being human and human being. #human
5. If you want to go fast, go alone! But if you want to go far, go together. #team ”
Reflecting on what Steve Jobs found most important to say as he reached the end of his life, I think it’s significant that he didn’t focus on his business successes or how much money he had. He talked about value, about love, and about teamwork. Those are the things that he found most important. That’s my favorite lesson that I’ve learned from Steve Jobs: money is great, but in life, it’s your relationships that matter most.