Steve Jobs Quotes

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been”No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool 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.

– Steve Jobs


「當我17歲時,我讀到一則格言,好像是「如果把每一天都當成生命中的最後一天,總有一天你是對的。」這對我影響深遠,在過去33年裏,我每天早上都會照鏡子,自問:「如果今天是此生最後一日,我今天要幹些什麼?」每當我連續太多天都得到一個「沒事做」的答案時,我就知道我必須有所變革了。

提醒自己快死了,是我在人生中做重大決定時,所用過最重要的工具。因為幾乎每件事-所有外界期望、所有名譽、所有對困窘或失敗的恐懼-在面對死亡時,都消失了,只有最重要的東西才會留下。提醒自己快死了,是我所知避免陷入擔心失去什麼陷阱裏的最好方法。人生不帶來,死不帶去,沒什麼道理不順心而為。

– Steve Jobs

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