The remarkable lesson that Steve Jobs taught us about money and life

21 thoughts on “The remarkable lesson that Steve Jobs taught us about money and life”

  1. “Life is short.” True words of wisdom. We spend so much time focusing on things that really don’t matter. It’s crazy when you stop to think about it. My wife read me this quote last night that was something along the lines of “next time you find yourself complaining, remember there are people who are on their last breath, or people who have no money, shelter, food, etc.” – something like that. It’s true. We take so much for granted, and never stop to think about the bigger picture. We’re given this amazing opportunity to live and have all kinds of freedoms and experiences, yet it seems like we never fully appreciate them. I agree with you Steve, life is too short, better start living now.

    On a side note, did you see the new Jobs movie?

    1. Thanks for your thoughts, Chris! No, I haven’t seen the new Jobs movie unfortunately. I haven’t been to the theater in years, actually. There is a short list of movies that my wife and I want to see, but we never seem to prioritize finding the time to actually watch them.

      Is it worth a watch?

  2. Life is indeed short. I have to remind myself to step back and look at the big picture at times.

    Also, I just saw the new Steve Jobs movie a couple weeks ago. It was pretty crappy, so just giving you the heads up if you were thinking of watching it at some point. 🙂

  3. #Truth.

    Based on the headline, I was assuming this would be a very different post, and was totally disarmed by it. So much yes. (A little know fact, btw, is that Jobs had the treatable form of pancreatic cancer, and most doctors think he’d still be alive if he’d done conventional treatment. So, by all means, listen to doctors! The raw, organic diet is great — and I’d do that, too, if I was diagnosed — but sometimes western medicine is still the best answer. I take that lesson to heart when I think about Steve Jobs.)

    Pretty much everything in our life and money is based on your central point here: Life is short. But maybe we should take some inspiration from Mr Jobs and change it to: Life is short. Make sure it matters.

    Thanks for this inspiring read!

    1. Thanks ONL, I actually didn’t know that about Jobs’ lifestyle. Interesting!

      And I like how you’ve penned the true theme here, “Life is short. Make sure it matters”. Yep!

  4. Whenever my dad talks to me about his retirement plans and his nest egg (we’re the only PF geeks in the family, so we talk at length), my mom always chimes in “And we’re going to spend ALL OF IT!” to which I have to roll my eyes and remind her “I don’t want a cent. I hope you do actually spend all of it. What are you going to do first?” Life is worth living and the sooner you can start spending that nest egg responsibly, the better in my opinion! 🙂

  5. Life is too short so we need to find the balance to enjoy life and having sufficient money for the future. Great post, we all need to look at the big picture from time to time.

  6. I used to make fun of Steve Jobs for a long time and the “devices and toys” he dreamed up only to be put in my place by a relative. I didn’t know Jobs and my family had actually worked together early on. My relative supplied him the funding to get things up and running and that is why our family name is on a lot of the early buildings and streets where Apple started. Too bad we cashed out early on….other wise we’d be owning our own islands. No one wanted to give some guy with a crazy computer idea any money, luckily he found one bank in California that decided to take a chance and look at what it has created today.

    1. Hey Lance – yeah, sometimes risks pay off big time, other times they don’t. For every Jobs success story, there are thousands of failures. At the time, it may have been best to cash out. Hell, hindsight is 20/20, which kinda sucks some of the time, doesn’t it? 🙂

  7. Money is like air, after a certain amount… do you really need to be sacrificing other things in pursuit of money? Then again, I think Jobs wasn’t really after the money, which is why he drove himself and the people around him so hard. It isn’t surprising to me that he wasn’t the nicest guy. 🙂

    1. Hey Jim – yup, I have heard the stories too about Steve Jobs pretty much being a dick to people. But I think you’re right about the money – when you have THAT much money and lead one of the more influential companies in the world, money soon plays second fiddle to power and influence. Those things may not be any better than money, but it’s definitely different!

  8. Great, thoughtful post, Steve. The story of Steve Jobs reminds me of another tech genius who died way too young – Randy Pausch. Have you heard his “Last Lecture”? It was, indeed, his last lecture.and he prepared it meticulously, as a token of love to his family and friends. He was quite ill at the time but he lived his life fully, up to the end.

    1. Hey Groovy – I admit that I’m not all that familiar with Pausch, but will take a look. Something tells me that he knew that this was probably his last laugh.

  9. That’s a great point that money won’t keep away the reaper. Accidents happen, cancer happens, life happens. The best you can do is figure out your own plan and work towards it in the meantime.
    If it all ended tomorrow for me, I don’t think I’d change much really, or be disappointed in where I am and how it turned out. I’m even more excited about how things could be in another few years and what that part of my life will look like.

    1. I agree, so much about life is balance, and those of us who find the right balance that works the best for us will be positioned well to achieve whatever our goals happen to be.

      Thanks for the comment.

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