You’re Already Naked: 3 Steve Jobs Quotes to Keep Things in Perspective

Each week on the Intent Blog, we feature articles, videos, and images to inspire you to live a healthier, happier, more fulfilling life. This week, our focus is on The Economy. With the present economic problems so many around the world are facing, it can be easy to fall into a fear-based cycle and  lose sight of the “bigger picture.” Today, we’re turning to the late entrepreneurial genius Steve Jobs for inspiration… 

“We’ve never worried about numbers. In the market place, Apple is trying to focus the spotlight on products, because products really make a difference. […] Ad campaigns are necessary for competition; IBM’s ads are everywhere. But good PR educates people; that’s all it is. You can’t con people in this business. The products speak for themselves.” — Playboy interview, 1985

“[Y]ou can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” — Stanford University commencement address, June 2005

“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. … Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” — Stanford University commencement address, June 2005

Do you have a favorite quote or saying that helps you maintain perspective when things get hard? Share your favorite words of wisdom in the comments section below…

photo by: James Mitchell