From the moment he founded Apple in 1976, Steve Jobs devoted virtually all of his time to his beloved work. He attended virtually every business meeting the company held, missing these important gatherings on just one, single occasion. You’re probably thinking he must have had a very important reason for doing so, and you wouldn’t be wrong. But what exactly could have distracted this man who was devoted to his work?
The answer is both simple and heart-warming: Jobs skipped the meeting in order to go on a first date with a wonderful young woman — who would later become his wife.
One time, in October 1989, Jobs gave a speech at a university. A recent graduate called Lauren Powell was sitting in the auditorium. Jobs ended up sitting next to her, and he wanted to get to know her better after he gave his speech. They exchanged telephone numbers.
Jobs couldn’t wait, and on the very same day he asked Powell out to dinner. As often happens, there was just one obstacle in their path — Jobs had a meeting to attend.
Sitting in his car, Jobs asked himself one very important question: What would I do if this was the last day of my life? Having thought it over for not very long, Jobs went back to the university building, found Powell and led her out with him. From that moment, they were never apart.
To understand that nothing is eternal is the basis for all wisdom. If a person remembers this fundamental truth, within seconds their soul will be inflamed with passion and feeling; a new-found courage to take a chance on something, to risk all in this game we call life, will appear in their heart.
So ask yourself this question more often. It will help you understand what’s most important to you. And ask it before it’s too late to do so.
What would you do, right now, if you knew this really was the last day of your life?