STEVE JOBS knew he was approaching the end of a path. The light wasn’t dimming, but the road was running out.
In 2005, he gave a commencement speech at Stanford University, where he was vitally open about his cancer: “This was the closest I’ve been to facing death … and yet death is the destination we all share.”
Four years later, Jobs received a liver that he said had belonged to “a mid-20s person who died in a car crash and was generous enough to donate their organs.” Last summer, he stepped down, six years after telling those Stanford students to “have the courage to follow your heart and intuition; they somehow already know what you truly want to become.”
He followed his heart and intuition, and we are the better for it. You can read my tribute to him at www.freep.com/rochelleriley.