Will the pursuit of wealth only leave you feeling empty, and sad in the end? That’s the essence of a Steve Jobs deathbed speech that is being shared online. The only problem is, it’s a fake. The former Apple CEO never wrote a deathbed speech and Steve Jobs’ last words were monosyllables that barely formed a sentence.
This article contains a copy of the fake deathbed letter and what Steve Jobs last words actually were according to his sister’s eulogy.
The Fake Steve Jobs Deathbed Speech
Steve Jobs passed away in the fall of 2011, but it wasn’t until 2015 when transcripts of his alleged deathbed speech started appearing online.
Steve Jobs died a billionaire at 56 years old and this was some of his last words.
I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In some others’ eyes, my life is the epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, my wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to. At this moment, lying on my bed and recalling my life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in have paled and become meaningless in the face of my death.
You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you, but you cannot have someone bear your sickness for you. Material things lost can be found or replaced. But there is one thing that can never be found when it’s lost – Life. Whichever stage in life you are in right now, with time, you will face the day when the curtain comes down.
Treasure love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well and cherish others. As we grow older, and hopefully wiser, we realize that a $300 or a $30 watch both tell the same time. You will realize that your true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world. Whether you fly first class or economy, if the plane goes down – you go down with it.
Therefore, I hope you realize, when you have mates, buddies and old friends, brothers and sisters, who you chat with, laugh with, talk with, have sing songs with, talk about north-south-east-west or heaven and earth, that is true happiness! Don’t educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy. So when they grow up they will know the value of things and not the price. Eat your food as your medicine, otherwise you have to eat medicine as your food.
The One who loves you will never leave you for another because, even if there are 100 reasons to give up, he or she will find a reason to hold on. There is a big difference between a human being and being human. Only a few really understand it. You are loved when you are born. You will be loved when you die. In between, you have to manage!
The exact origin of the fake deathbed speech is unknown, but USA Today traced it back to someone named Sergio Cardenas. Cardenas was contacted for a comment, but never replied.
Why Are People Sharing This Fake Steve Jobs Deathbed Speech?
People love to share motivational content online. Inspirational quotes, stories and memes are all some of the most popular types of content on social media. So, even when people know that this Steve Jobs deathbed speech is fake, they still share it, and even modify it, because they know it will get likes, comments, and shares.
One LinkedIn user even added this extra bit of wisdom at the end of their post sharing the phony version of Steve Jobs last words:
The six best doctors in the world are sunlight, rest, exercise, diet, self-confidence and FRIENDS. #powerful
Sure it’s inspirational, but it’s also fake. Steve Jobs never wrote or said any of this.
Steve Jobs Last Words According To His Family
Steve Jobs passed away in 2011 at the age of 56 due to complications from his pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor.
At the October 5, 2011, eulogy for her brother, Mona Simpson shared Steve Jobs last words. According to Simpson, Jobs looked for a long time at his family members who were with him. He then looked over their shoulders, past them, and said the following phrase:
OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.
Jobs then lost consciousness and died several hours later.
Steve Jobs Inspirational Quotes
Although Steve Jobs never wrote a deathbed speech criticizing the pursuit of wealth, he did say plenty of other inspirational things over the years about business and innovation. If you’re seeking inspiration from Steve Jobs, there’s enough to choose from without having to fabricate something new. Jobs even gave a very inspirational commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005.
There are also plenty of life lessons to learn from Jobs by knowing more about his dark side and treatment of his first daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs. Was Jobs perfect? No. But we can all learn a lot from him without fabricating deathbed speeches.
Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.