Last words

of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs died at the young age of 56. As a visionary of the personal computer, he transformed the lives of nearly every living being. His life's work left an impact on the planet in a way that few ever will.

I believe that his success stemmed from his 'programmer perspective' of the real world. Using the analogy that our lives are a computer simulation, everything we experience is would be a program. It feels real, but it's not. Emotion becomes an obstacle, and if you read or watch any of the Steve Jobs biographies, there's a strong indication he didn't spend a lot of time worrying about people's feelings (or their opinions of him).

You can't take something personally when you know it's only a program being run.

Below are his last words. I've taken the liberty to edit and analyze them form a Wireframed perspective.

"I can only take with me the memories that were strengthened by love."

Wealth and Steve Jobs are nearly synonymous as he built one of the most valuable companies in the world. If he gave a title to this piece it might have been "Love is the Only True Wealth."


I have come to the pinnacle of success in business.

In the eyes of others, my life has been the symbol of success.

However, apart from work, I have little joy. Finally, my wealth is simply a fact to which I am accustomed.

His wealth allowed him to live a life with few limits. But what got him to the point of being a wealth building machine became who he was. Even after he had already achieved more money than he could ever spend, it was part of his programming.

At this time, lying on the hospital bed and remembering all my life, I realize that all the accolades and riches of which I was once so proud, have become insignificant, with my imminent death.

In the end, what is significant?

In the dark, when I look at green lights, of the equipment for artificial respiration and feel the buzz of their mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of my approaching death looming over me.

Only now do I understand that once you accumulate enough money for the rest of your life, you have to pursue objectives that are not related to wealth.

It should be something more important.

He had more than enough.

For example, stories of love, art, dreams of my childhood.

No, stop pursuing wealth, it can only make a person into a twisted being, just like me.

Despite Steve Jobs being one of the most successful human programs, he didn't view himself as such - instead calling himself into a 'twisted being.'

God has made us one way, we can feel the love in the heart of each of us, and not illusions built by fame or money, like I made in my life, I cannot take them with me.

He refers to money & fame as illusions. This would make those who give undue weight to both as somewhat delusional beings.

I can only take with me the memories that were strengthened by love.

Memories are retained in time, beyond ourselves. Are you making memories that'll outlast you?

This is the true wealth that will follow you; will accompany you, he will give strength and light to go ahead.

I'm beginning to see that love is not a program, but rather part of our hardware.

Love can travel thousands of miles and so life has no limits. Move to where you want to go. Strive to reach the goals you want to achieve. Everything is in your heart and in your hands.

This might vary well carry the important message in his final words. Move to where you want to go. Strive to achieve everything in your heart and in your hands. I strive to write from my heart. My hands produce the words in my heart. In this manner, I achieve everything in my heart through my hands (and through the words I write (and speak)).

What is the world's most expensive bed? The hospital bed.

You, if you have money, you can hire someone to drive your car, but you cannot hire someone to take your illness that is killing you.

Material things lost can be found. But one thing you can never find once you have lost it, is life.

Whatever stage of life where we are right now, at the end we will have to face the day when the curtain falls.

Please treasure your family love, love for your spouse, love for your friends...

In the end, all that remains that is significant is the love (with our friends, family, and soulmates).

Treat everyone well and stay friendly with your neighbors.

Moments after speaking these words, that he had asked to be written down, Steve Jobs, aged 56, passed away.

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