“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.”

– Steve Jobs addressing the graduates at the Stanford University Commencement, June 2005

There is something particularly humbling and terrifying in the death of a visionary.  We end up asking ourselves, “if he had lived, what else would have been created?”  With his guiding light extinguished, how can we continue to advance?  Will we improve, progress, adapt, and further technology or will we stagnate?

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