Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

27 Feb

Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford commencement speech one of my favorite speeches ever. I listen to it every once in a while and it helps me put things into perspective, so I highly recommend that you listen to it intently. The speech in its entirety is fantastic; but, here are a few of my favorite quotes:

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever, because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path and that will make all the difference.”

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith… You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

And my favorite part of the speech:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Watch the whole thing (highly recommended) here:

6 Responses to “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish”

  1. sudaneseoptimist February 27, 2009 at 2:26 pm #

    P.S. Did you know Steve Jobs is Syrian?

  2. modafalla March 1, 2009 at 10:03 am #

    My favourite jobs’ speech ever,it’s very inspiring and sincere.This is a good speech. “Sometimes life will hit you in the face with a brick, don’t give up.” “…medicine was bad tasting, but the patient needed it…” And there’s a lot more. Along with bill gates,buffet and andrew carnegie,job is a true entrepenuer.You should check out randy pauschs’ the ‘last lecture’ speech,the computer science professer from carnegie mellon university told his students about his cancer which will claim his life in a matter of months.

  3. sudaneseoptimist March 2, 2009 at 12:03 pm #

    A few friends of mine used to go to Carnegie Mellon and I actually knew a woman who was a close friend of Randy’s. I followed his sickness on his personal blog and was truly heartbroken when it was announced that he passed away.

    He also authored a book based on his story called the “The Last Lecture.”

  4. Taric March 2, 2009 at 9:22 pm #

    “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever, because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path and that will make all the difference.”

    GREAT SENSE .. cudnt agree more if he Said Believe in GOD!!

    see hes got a really intelligent mentality … but he dont know the real essences of belief .. I hope he gets introduced 2 Islam .. cuz he will definitely embrace it =)

    great notation Sudanese Optimist!

  5. sudaneseoptimist March 3, 2009 at 9:14 pm #

    Thanks Taric, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’ve probably listened to this speech over 50 times. I love it!

    “but he dont know the real essences of belief .. I hope he gets introduced 2 Islam .. cuz he will definitely embrace it”

    Well he doesn’t know the essense of belief according to your definition, but he could probably say the same about somebody who thanks God during a speech… wala kaif😉

  6. Aynur October 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    I listened to his speech over and over! too bad I didnt bumped into it before😦 Not many people encourage us to follow our heart, we should definitely do it more often and go off the well worn path…

    “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life”… sooo true…

    Thanks for sharing

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