Steve Jobs may have died 4 years ago, but he seemed to have left nuggets of wisdom for us to discover. Like this new discovery of his “last words” on how the “non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being“, just like him. Take a look :
These words of wisdom has been posted and shared by many people on Facebook, Whatsapp and even email. Here is an example :
Updated @ 18/2/2016 : Added two new sections on Steve Jobs being on artificial respiration, and his stay in the hospital.
Were Those Really Steve Jobs’ Last Words?
Short answer – NO.
How do we know this? Let’s take a look…
We know what his last words really were
On the 30th of October 2011, the New York Times printed an eulogy by his sister, Mona Simpson. In that eulogy, she described his last moment :
Steve Jobs Was Not On Artificial Respiration New!
The fake speech claims that Steve Jobs was on artificial respiration. That’s not true. Although his family has been very private about his final days, we do know that he was not being kept alive by a mechanical ventilator.
The intubation required would have prevented him from saying anything. If he was being kept alive by a mechanical ventilator, he wouldn’t be able to say “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.” as his sister revealed were his true last words.
In fact, on August 11, 2011 – less than two months before he died, Steve Jobs asked Tim Cook to visit him. As recounted in Tim Cook’s book – Becoming Steve Jobs, Steve Jobs was more than capable of talking lucidly even then :
He told me he had decided that I should be CEO. I thought then that he thought he was going to live a lot longer when he said this, because we got into a whole level of discussion about what would it mean for me to be CEO with him as a chairman. I asked him, ‘What do you really not want to do that you’re doing?’
“It was an interesting conversation,” Cook says, with a wistful laugh. “He says, ‘You make all the decisions.’ I go, ‘Wait. Let me ask you a question.’ I tried to pick something that would incite him. So I said, ‘You mean that if I review an ad and I like it, it should just run without your okay?’ And he laughed and said, ‘Well, I hope you’d at least ask me!’
I asked him two or three times, ‘Are you sure you want to do this?’ because I saw him getting better at that point in time. I went over there often during the week, and sometimes on the weekends. Every time I saw him he seemed to be getting better. He felt that way as well. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way.”
Finally, if he was really kept alive by a mechanical ventilator, it would have kept him alive. He wouldn’t have died of respiratory arrest, which was the immediate cause of death. The fact that he did indeed die of respiratory arrest is evidence that he was not on artificial respiration
Steve Jobs Did Not Die In A Hospital New!
Alternate versions of this fake speech refers to him being in a hospital bed. Steve Jobs died at home, not in a hospital. The New York Times noted :
In his final months, Mr. Jobs’s home — a large and comfortable but relatively modest brick house in a residential neighborhood — was surrounded by security guards. His driveway’s gate was flanked by two black S.U.V.’s.
We don’t have an exact date for when he was confined to his home for his last days, but we do know that by August 11, 2011, he was permanently at home :
“He said, ‘I want to talk to you about something,’ ” remembers Cook. “This was when he was home all the time, and I asked when, and he said, ‘Now.’”
None of the books written about him refers to this fake speech
If Steve Jobs wanted to pass along such a message, he would have done it in that book. There is no mention of such a message in that biography.
He also had many books written about him – Steve Jobs : The Man In The Machine, Steve Jobs : The Man Who Thought Different, Becoming Steve Jobs : The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader, Steve Jobs : His Story, etc. None of them mentions this fake quote.
Steve Jobs did not believe in God
The fake quote refers to God twice, which Steve would never do because he did not believe in God. He was a Zen Buddhist, not the Lutheran Christian he was brought up to be.
Unbelievably bad grammar
The fake quote is replete with bad grammar, something Steve Jobs would never condone, being the perfectionist that he was. Needless to say, the writing style was not his either.
Steve Jobs was not afraid of death, he made use of it
The fake quote frames Steve Jobs as regretting that he spent his life in the pursuit of success in his work at the expense of his family. This cannot be further from the truth, as Steve Jobs not only embraced his impending demise, he used it to spur him to make the most of his time left.
During his famous commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005, he said that “Death is very likely the single best invention of life“. He then expounded on using that knowledge that our impending deaths to spur ourselves to greater heights, and to do what we really want to do in life :
Steve Jobs did not pursue wealth, only his vision for Apple
The fake quote alludes to a mindless pursuit of wealth. However, this cannot be further from the truth, because Steve Jobs has been earning a cool annual salary of $1 since he returned to a struggling Apple in 1997.
He’s not the only corporate executive to do this, of course, as they can be compensated through bonuses, stock options, etc. Steve Jobs is notable though for not taking any alternative form of compensation since 2003.
He took virtually nothing in compensation for his time and effort at Apple because he was not pursuing wealth, but his vision. His wealth, and his position at Apple, were the means to the end, not the goal itself.
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