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Did Steve Jobs Cancer Diagnosis in 2004 Spur His Innovativeness?

October 6, 2011 3 comments

Here is an interesting question-

Did Steve Jobs Cancer Diagnosis in 2004 spur his final ~ 8 year burst of innovation?

Have a look at the stock chart and the fact that most of the big innovations from Apple (intel Macs, iPhone, iPad, apps etc) came AFTER that diagnosis?

Can you now see his famous 2005 Commencement address at Stanford in that light?

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.

What do you think? Comments?