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Stay Hungry Stay Foolish

Steve Jobs shared his life’s philosophy with a handful of Stanford students during a Stanford graduation ceremony speech, in 2005. He said, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition…”

And he memorably closed his speech by advising graduates to follow the advice Stewart Brand offered when Brand finished the final edition of The Whole Earth Catalog. “On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”


Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish…. is really great advice. It will likely have different meanings to different people; however, for me, it means that we should always be hungry for learning and new experiences, and we should face challenges and take risks. Although the word foolish means – be daft and silly (i.e. not sensible and reasonable), here it has the connotation of being adventurous and always young. Also, it suggests that you should listen to and trust your heart, however illogical or irrational it may seem – because it is usually right and you are happier as a result.


About ljiljana havran

English language teacher (General & Aviation English), passionate about learning and teaching. Curious, adventurous, a lifelong learner. Love: good books, music, lots of dance.

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