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Did Steve Jobs Cancer Diagnosis in 2004 Spur His Innovativeness?

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?

  1. October 6, 2011 at 11:14 am

    One might also consider the story of Cecil Rhodes.

    He discovered early in life that he had a weak heart that was liable to stop at any moment.

    He went on to establish a huge diamond empire in colonial Southern Africa and had two countries named after him. In preparation for his inevitable passage, he set up grants and philanthropic projects.

    His heart finally gave out at age 48.

    The example of these men tells us that one of the most valuable things we can cultivate in life is an appreciation of our own mortality, a fact that most of us studiously ignore until we are on our death beds.

  2. October 6, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    “Fuck it all and fucking no regrets”

  1. October 6, 2011 at 8:10 pm

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