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CHAPTER 12. Your Leadership Legacy—Writi... > WE HAVE ONLY SO MUCH TIME

WE HAVE ONLY SO MUCH TIME

Apple founder Steve Jobs has shared that when he was 17 he read a quote that made him think:


If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.


In a Stanford University commencement speech, he told the audience, “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.” Jobs shared that his near-death scare with cancer a few years earlier had brought that idea back into focus.

Here is an excerpt from that speech that speaks to me about the urgency of doing the things that matter, like sharing your values and making a difference.

Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept.


  

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