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.
Fear keeps us stagnant.
There is a difference between being still and being stagnant. Being still allows us to hear, reflect and reassess our situation. There is a time and a place to be still. Remaining stagnant however, means we have the opportunity to move forward but we let our fears paralyze us. Being stagnant is a toxic form of stillness. It's crippling and as a result we miss out on opportunities of greatness.
Fear of failure is a powerful thing. As I sit here, I'm typing this post on my Macbook—the result of one man's fearlessness. So thanks Mr. Jobs for kicking ass and taking names, for forging a new path, and for not allowing failure to occupy a place in your heart. Oh—the things we could accomplish if we'd smother our fears with our ambitions. "There is no reason not to follow your heart."