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 … just fall[s] away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.

Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, from a speech in 2005. Jobs emailed Apple staff this week to announce he would be taking leave of absence due to health issues.

One of the most pernicious myths about depression is that it aids the creative process… I think this was what prevented me taking anti-depressants …When I did start taking anti-depressants I didn’t lose creativity, I gained it.

Robert Crampton, columnist, writing in The Times, January 2011

Refuse to be the sort of person who says: ‘I wish I had’. Instead, be the kind of person who says: ‘I’m glad I did’. Quit waiting to feel motivated – just start. Motivation comes from momentum.

Paul McGee, author of the book SUMO (Shut Up, Move On), writing in The Financial Times, December 2010