Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Jobs' Prescient Words

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Jobs' Prescient Words

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Byline: commentTIM HOWARD tim.howard@dailyexaminer.com.au

STEVE Jobs' death has reverberated around the world like no other.

Heads of countries and mighty corporations have paid tribute to a man who has changed the world.

Personally, one of his inventions, the Macintosh computer, was a life-changing invention for my family, pushing my brother and me into careers we would not have chosen without its influence.

The only comparable event in my adult life was the murder of John Lennon in 1980.

As I read the tributes to him, I came across these prescient and profound words he spoke to a gathering in 2005.

aRemembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.a

aBecause almost everything a all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure a these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. …

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