29 December 2015

As we head into the new year, I’d like to share with you the last words of Steve Jobs. I have always been a big fan of his story and how he transformed a business seemingly doomed to fail. He led the transformation of consumer technology and behaviour, and left a legacy in Apple far stronger than I am sure even he could have imagined.

Jason Mecier's portrait of Jobs - The Bold Italic

Jason Mecier’s portrait of Jobs – The Bold Italic

 

But, he was also an incredible thinker, which was never so clear as in his last recorded words:

“I have come to the pinnacle of success in business.
In the eyes of others, my life has been the symbol of success.
However, apart from work, I have little joy. Finally, my wealth is simply a fact to which I am accustomed.
At this time, lying on the hospital bed and remembering all my life, I realize that all the accolades and riches of which I was once so proud, have become insignificant with my imminent death.
In the dark, when I look at green lights, of the equipment for artificial respiration and feel the buzz of their mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of my approaching death looming over me.
Only now do I understand that once you accumulate enough money for the rest of your life, you have to pursue objectives that are not related to wealth.
It should be something more important:
For example, stories of love, art, dreams of my childhood.
No, stop pursuing wealth, it can only make a person into a twisted being, just like me.
God has made us one way, we can feel the love in the heart of each of us, and not illusions built by fame or money, like I made in my life, I cannot take them with me.
I can only take with me the memories that were strengthened by love.
This is the true wealth that will follow you; will accompany you, he will give strength and light to go ahead.
Love can travel thousands of miles and so life has no limits. Move to where you want to go. Strive to reach the goals you want to achieve. Everything is in your heart and in your hands.
What is the world’s most expensive bed? The hospital bed.
You, if you have money, you can hire someone to drive your car, but you cannot hire someone to take your illness that is killing you.
Material things lost can be found. But one thing you can never find when you lose: life.
Whatever stage of life where we are right now, at the end we will have to face the day when the curtain falls.
Please treasure your family love, love for your spouse, love for your friends…
Treat everyone well and stay friendly with your neighbours.”

 

The pursuit of wealth can only carry us so far. Focus on the reason behind why you want to achieve such wealth; who will you help? Whose lives will you change? How can you make a lasting impact? Ultimately, we don’t get a second bite of the apple so now is the time to ensure that you’re making the most of the life that you are living.

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