Today is the 64th anniversary of Steve Jobs’ birth

Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955. Today would have been his 64th birthday, had the co-founder of Apple Inc. had not succumbed to complications from pancreatic cancer on October 5, 2011.

That day, the world lost a visionary genius, a brilliant showman, a focused perfectionist, and a charismatic disruptor.

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.

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.

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet, death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it, and that is how it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. — Steve Jobs

MacDailyNews Take: We miss you, Steve! Gone far too soon.

We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it. – Steve Jobs


  1. I do know one thing – either though even under Steve Jobs watch there were occasional screw-ups I have no doubt if he were here we would’ve seen far fewer of them than we’ve seen emanating from Apple’s current lackadaisical leadership.

    Only 64! Man, Steve should’ve been with us a heck of a lot longer. A cruel twist of fate to those of us who copiously use technology.

  2. Steve Jobs was a genius of a kind that rarely grace the earth.

    He mastered tech. Mac GUI. iPod. iPhone. iPad.

    But also when he went to Pixar he had a string of hit movies. A business completely different from tech.

    Then the world’s biggest music retailer in iTunes.
    Most profitable per square foot stores in Apple stores without having run a single store before.

    And so on.

    To have done so many different things with such great success.

    To have risen from what others would have assumed defeat over and over again.

    Truly Amazing.

  3. I’m really sorry that his life ended at 64. One of the greatest creative geniuses of our time left us way too soon. I’m also sorry he took the medical course he chose. Wacko medicine seldom turns out well. The big choice in life evaded him until it was too late. Realistically, making earlier and better choices was no guarantee of outcome. I wish he were still among us, but that’s no guarantee that Apple would be a different group in its maturing years. I don’t think you can be a startup forever.

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