In 2005, following the bout with cancer, Jobs delivered Stanford University's commencement speech.
"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," he said. "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."
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It makes me sad that Steve Jobs passed away yesterday. Evidently he knew the end was near six weeks ago when he gave up his position with Apple. I have read that he could be a real asshole to work with at times, but who isn’t an asshole when he is trying to realize a vision? His passion drove him to clear away obstacles – whoever or whatever they were. The world has lost a dreamer and a great mind.