Since his death in 2011, Steve Jobs’ “last words” have appeared more or less regularly on social networks. In most cases the following is also included: “Today I found this by chance on the Internet. The last words of Steve Jobs the founder of the company Apple. These words moved and touched me very much. You should really take your last statement to heart. It could not have been better. “
You can also always see these two pictures on Facebook:
The last words he allegedly breathed out on his deathbed are of course freely translated here for the users in the German networks and quoted from us here for completeness:
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.
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 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:
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.
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.
I can only take with me the memories that were strengthened by love.
This is the true wealth that will follow you; will accompany you, he will give strength and light to go ahead.
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.
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 when you lose: 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…
Treat everyone well and stay friendly with your neighbours.
There is no doubt that they are moving words, a powerful statement for life itself and for the family in particular.
However, in a length that justifies having slight doubts about the connection between “last words”. It reads more like a speech to the assembled fan community at an Apple convention. If we now consider how weakened jobs were even before his death at the last public appearances, doubts continue to grow.
Walter Issacson published an official biography of Steve Jobs, but he conducted over 40 interviews with him. Actually, one should expect Steve Jobs to dictate these important words to Issacson so that they are really preserved for posterity, but they are not to be found in the biography.
Jobs was also a fan of Zen Buddhism. In the above quotation, however, the reference to God is established several times. But nothing has been passed down about a sudden retreat to God.
The quotation erroneously conveys the impression that it was based on wealth and prosperity. He was undoubtedly a very wealthy man, but that wealth came from stock options and bonuses paid out for his work at and for Apple. Since 1997, however, he has been paid a symbolic dollar a year as his salary.
But the clearest proof against the above quotation as “last words” by Steve Jobs is the fact that his sister Mona Simpson revealed his last words during a laudation on October 30, 2011. According to her report, Steve Jobs caressed his sisters, his wife and his children one last time before his death before he said the last words
OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.
with a weak voice.
Not a big speech to the nations of the world, but rather a far more intimate but nevertheless in the overall context equally moving gesture in the circle of the family and there they should also remain. He doesn’t need a ghostwriter, his last words were for his family and not us.
Steve Jobs Last TV Appearance at the Cupertino City Council (6/7/11)