Steve Jobs, Seth Godin, and Playing Poker

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

–Steve Jobs, 2005, Stanford Commencement Speech

When I juxtapose this thought from Steve Jobs' famous speech with +Seth Godin's blog post below, I think about the poker move of going "all in".  In poker, it's a tactical move but in life, an "all in" decision creates and shapes defining moments.  When we look back at our lives, I think we see how defining moments have influenced who we now are.  Merging these ideas, I believe that we all have an opportunity to create and shape our futures if we're ready to seize the opportunity when defining moments present themselves.  How can we be ready to go "all in", knowing that we're going to be dead soon and knowing that by doing so, we're making choices that matter...for the good?

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