You need to “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

By Jinhuang Saw | Education

Apr 08

You need to “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”

The fool didn’t know it was impossible, so he did it.” Mind the gap between where you are and what you want to be — because it cannot be filled with a know-it-all attitude. It needs a pinch of hunger and a punch of foolishness. 

In 2005, when Steve Jobs gave his now famous commencement address at Stanford University, he quoted a message from the back cover of Whole Earth Catalog’s final edition that signed off, “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”

What does it mean?

Stay Hungry

Often in life, we are grappling to find our “comfort zone” or a “safe zone” and feel comfortable being there — like a caterpillar in its chrysalis. But in order to be a colourful butterfly out in nature, it must spread its wings and break out of its protective surroundings.

Stay hungry enough to achieve something, find something, bring something into your life that will keep the “fire in your belly” burning to fill the gap between what you have and what you desire.

This applies to all areas of your life — health, career, relationship goals, material goals. In order to achieve these and beyond, you need to be motivated and push yourself to see these through to the final post.

Stay Foolish

It’s all in the mind. The boundaries you draw for yourself are defined by the limits set in your mind. 

What are you doing that distinguishes you from others? 

Don’t worry about what people will think or that you’ll “seem like a fool“ — you do you. Because years down the line, you don’t want to wonder, “If only I had taken that chance on my idea.” 

Don’t settle for less than what your gut tells you. Set to take the path less travelled and ask questions no one has asked before. 

In conclusion, you can interpret these words in any way to remind yourself that when you are willing to learn and stay committed to your goal, you can fulfill what you’ve set out to achieve.

So dear friend, Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. 

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