Friday's Food For Thought! - Steve Jobs' Final Essay

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The World's Six Best Doctors. Worth Reading Twice!   

Important Note: There have been claims by some fact-checkers that this essay was not genuine. Some believe that the essay came from many blogs that went viral on the Internet discovered in 2015, four years after Jobs' death. Others believe that the last words of Jobs' story, although never entered the public domain, are valid. There was also a claim that Jobs had over 400 patents while leading Apple, and a total of 240 was not granted until after his death.

"Regardless of its validity, these words hit me like a ton of bricks and I felt compelled to share with Y'all"- Aura Alex

Steve Jobs died a billionaire at age 56. Many believe this is his FINAL essay.

"I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In some others' eyes, my life is the epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, my wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to. At this moment, lying on my bed and recalling my life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in have paled and become meaningless in the face of my death.

You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone bear your sickness for you. Material things lost can be found or replaced. But there is one thing that can never be found when it's lost - Life. Whichever stage in life you are in right now, with time, you will face the day when the curtain comes down. 

Treasure love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well and cherish others. As we grow older, and hopefully wiser, we realize that a $300 or a $30 watch both tell the same time. You will realize that your true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world. Whether you fly first class or economy, if the plane goes down - you go down with it.  

Therefore, I hope you realize, when you have mates, buddies and old friends, brothers and sisters, who you chat with, laugh with, talk with, have sing songs with, talk about north-south-east-west or heaven and earth, that is true happiness! Don't educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy. So when they grow up they will know the value of things and not the price. Eat your food as your medicine, otherwise you have to eat medicine as your food. 

The One who loves you will never leave you for another because, even if there are 100 reasons to give up, he or she will find a reason to hold on. There is a big difference between a human being and being human. Only a few really understand it. You are loved when you are born. You will be loved when you die. In between, you have to manage! 

The six best doctors in the world are sunlight, rest, exercise, diet, self-confidence and friends.   Maintain them in all stages and enjoy a healthy life."

 

 

Comments (26)

Aura Alex
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Thank you, Myrl Jeffcoat. I like the quote too. It makes so much sense to me.

Jan 14, 2022 05:38 PM
Aura Alex
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker, so simple but yet so powerful. It's a work in progress for me each day to find time to pause and appreciate those precious moments that slowly leak when I don't pay attention. 

Jan 14, 2022 05:45 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

Chose one happy thought at a time....that's my motto!

Jan 14, 2022 08:06 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Aura such great wisdom does not matter if you wrote it or Steve Jobs.... either way his estate has two properties for sale in my market one is for $65m the other for $110m.... either way he will not reap the benefit his estate will when they sell, Endre

Jan 14, 2022 11:05 PM
Aura Alex
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Holy Moly!😱 Endre Barath, Jr. --only $65m - $110m? Are you the agent for these properties? I'm always looking for that "killer deal!"  Send me one of your jets, and I'll be there! Good to hear from you.

Jan 15, 2022 12:26 AM
Aura Alex
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker: I like your "motto."  Thank you. 😍

Jan 15, 2022 12:28 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is excellent advice to share.

Have a great day and a very special weekend.

Jan 15, 2022 04:28 AM
Aura Alex

You too, Roy Kelley. Have a g great weekend.  

Jan 15, 2022 08:55 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Aura - definitely food for thought regardless of the source.   

Jan 15, 2022 05:50 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Alex,
I have seen this before but it is a great one to re-read every once in a while.  I would add "laughter" to the list of Doctors. Perhaps it is because I live in the Apple Capital of the World and we all know an apple a day keeps the Dr. away. Or perhaps it's because my lucky number is 7. Either way, laughter is an important part of my life. Being able to find humor in even the most difficult of situations is a valuable skill for health and well-being.

Jan 15, 2022 07:11 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Big fan of Steve Jobs, and whether he deserves credit for the words or not, I appreciate the essay. And, will always appreciate him.  

Jan 15, 2022 08:30 AM
Aura Alex
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Yes, yes, and yes, laughter needs to be included! Carol Williams. For me, I would (sometimes) replace "diet" with "laughter." I'd rather laugh and find humor in life than starving! I enjoy without guilt, a big fat and juicy burger once in a while!🤣

Jan 15, 2022 08:48 AM
Aura Alex
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Hi, Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, me too, a big fan of Steve Jobs. I liked his fearlessness to be different, passionate, and determined to do a GREAT thing! His words ring through me, and I am sure many people.  Thank you for your read and comment.

Jan 15, 2022 08:52 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Alex,
I see you are in Seattle. I live in Wenatchee and would love to meet up sometime!

Jan 15, 2022 08:52 AM
Aura Alex

Meeting you, someone from Wenatchee? What's in it for me? 🤣

Jan 15, 2022 10:40 AM
Aura Alex
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Thank you, Michael Jacobs. I read this essay once in a while to "pick me up" when I veer off and away from my intended path. So simple words but packed with power! Have a great weekend.

Jan 15, 2022 08:59 AM
Aura Alex
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Carol Williams, I visit Seattle to conduct business once in a while. I live in the Olympic Peninsula, a resort town called Port Townsend (90 mi west of Seattle). I also lived in Port Ludlow (20 mi from Port Townsend), a championship golf course that is very popular where you could make a side trip after Seattle. We used to fish in Lake Wenatchee, and my 6-year old daughter caught her first fish!! Great Idea to meet. I'll like that! 😃

Jan 15, 2022 09:09 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I call this Words of Wisdom Aura no matter who is credited in writing them! These are for sure inspirational thoughts! 

Jan 17, 2022 04:06 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Aura - that really hit me too.  I do think that I have striven for friends and family.  I know that is what matters most.

Jan 17, 2022 09:31 AM
Aura Alex
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Thank you, Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 for stopping by. It's good to see you here. Have a wonderful week!

Jan 17, 2022 08:25 PM
Aura Alex
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Hi, Grant Schneider, yep, I agreed with you. Always make room for those that matter!

Jan 17, 2022 08:26 PM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
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I wanted to stop by and leave a comment. I enjoyed your reblog on Roy's post. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

Jan 21, 2022 09:46 AM
Aura Alex
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Pat Champion; thank you for stopping by. You have made my day! 😃. Have a great weekend, Pat.

Jan 21, 2022 10:09 AM