“Stay hungry, stay foolish”

We’ve been discussing these days about Blake’s poetry, and his being a visionary and a prophet. Well, some of you said that he was a visionary because Blake experienced from his early years visions of angels and ghostly monks and that he conversed with them. Quite true. But  William Blake was not only a dreamer. He was aware of the realities and complexities of experience, particularly the poverty and oppression of the urban world where he spent most of his life. And he knew that rationalism was not enough to enable people to hope, to look for change. “Would to God that all the Lord’s people were prophets”, he wrote, but Prophecy for Blake was not a prediction of the end of the world, but telling the truth about what we see, about what we are and only thanks to a personal struggle things could be improved .So,awareness is the first step, but then we have to learn to go beyond things to see a new better goal. Year after year I realize that for my young students it is getting more and more difficult to visualize their future – being “foolish” –  most of them lack in prospect ,sometimes in strength. That’s why I would like you to see  Steve Job’s  amazing and inspiring  speech at Stanford University. And remember: “Your time is limited. Don’t waste it living someone else’s life!” (Steve Jobs).

Here is the video with English subtitles

Here is the video with Italian subtitles :

148 thoughts on ““Stay hungry, stay foolish”

  1. Steve Jobs’ speech was truly touching, and it made me think a lot.
    it gives you the strength and awareness of being able to reach any goal you want.
    the road is not easy, often uphill but never give up.
    One of the most interesting parts of the speech in my opinion was when he spoke of the famous dots; everything that happens to us, sooner or later will make sense, once you get there.
    It will be at that moment that we will be able to connect all the dots.
    it is not easy to think further but I think the best way to predict the future is to invent it.
    I hope one day i will be able to speak of my work with as much satisfaction as Steve Jobs did.

  2. Steve Jobs as he tells in this stories has realized his dream both in the workplace and personal. This was possible thanks to the courage of Jobs, he came out of his comfort zone and risked, making decision that might initially seem crazy, but eventually they paid him back. But there is also to say that Steve Jobs has connected 100% of his energies to realize his dream.We must pursue our dreams, but to achieve them requires a little madness and a lot of determination.

  3. Steve Jobs’ speech was truly touching, and it made me think a lot.
    It gives you the strength and awareness of being able to reach any goal you want.
    the road is not easy, often uphill but never give up.
    One of the most interesting parts of the speech in my opinion was when he spoke of the famous dots; everything that happens to us, sooner or later will make sense, once you get there.
    It will be at that moment that we will be able to connect all the dots.
    It is not easy to think further but I think the best way to predict the future is to invent it.
    I hope one day i will be able to speak of my work with as much satisfaction as steve jobs did.

  4. I found Steve Jobs’s speech very inspiring. It is correct to fight for what you believe in and live every day like the last. School is important for our training but it is not for everyone, as in case of Jobs

  5. Most likely nowadays “do not dream” is almost justified because of the society in which we live. However many like Steve Jobs show us that nothing is impossible and that everything is achievable. The road ahead is certainly not easy, but it all starts with ourselves.

  6. First of all, from the human viewpoint, Steve Jobs is a person I hold in high esteem.
    His story struck me enormously and gave me several insights.
    I was impressed by his “charge” and his determination in the face of the adversities of life. He never gave up despite the obstacles.
    I was impressed by his “ability” to see beyond the negative facts to be able to build something good and positive.
    He has no hatred for his past but he has the certainty that everything has been good and profitable. Passion and love for his project do not stop him from being fired.
    But the thing that struck me mostly was his thought of the value of time: time is a limited resource and death gives it full meaning.
    Knowing that death is a certainty helps him to use this time in the best way possible, without any waste.
    I find this video a unique and wonderful witness. I thank him for his experience!

  7. Ok, perfect…If it was so simple, then, I’d be going to leave school. NOW. Easy to say “to dare is to do” or similar stuff. I was thinking these sentences, while I was wacthing the video. But, now, while I am replying, I believe the key of the spell (because I suppose Blake is only a pretext) is the searching, an unstoppable searching connected to a strong work ethic. In my life the fear of failure is too much, the anxiety is too high, deadlines are so stressant and successes last few seconds. To make a choice, like Steve Jobs’ that one, it needs to be foolish and irrational? Yes, a little bit or simply It’s enough being quite in loved with own dreams.
    In this period of forced self-isolation reasoned by COVID-19 pandemic I am re-discovering my favourite hobbes, I am re-discovering myself, having much time to improve my skills and experiment different things (staying at home). I think that Steve Jobs doesn’t want to tell us to enjoy the life in a destructive hedonism or to let all only for the pleasure to feel foolish.
    Nowadays, people (me included) don’t know themselves. Gnothi sautòn is the way to happiness (eudaimonia), because “memento audere semper” is more inspirational, more impetuous, but also more truthless. To know themselves is the unique way to live “meaningfully”, ridding of social conventions and other people’s opinions.
    Anyway, this speech was very exciting for my dark and illogical cogitations.
    Perhaps, sometimes it needs to trust own instinct and to join the dots only at the end.

    • *stressful (stressant doesn’t exist in English)
      *(that)
      *untrue (truthless is one of my neologisms in English)

  8. this video made me realize that you should never give up, no matter what, if you have a goal in your mind that you want to reach, and to always believe in you and your ideas because you just have one life to accomplish all of them.
    one of the quotes he said that I liked the most is “sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick”

  9. I think Steve Jobs is right about the question of not throwing our lives away or wasting it on someone else. But in an age like this it is difficult to understand what you want and you cannot make the best of it. School is important but perhaps certain things within it should be more stimulating for us students to make us perform better

  10. Jobs’ speech makes us think a lot. It makes it clear that life is full of resources and roads. Since there are many roads you have to be good at knowing how to choose them, because with a wrong step everything can be ruined. But if it happens you don’t have to hold back, because there is always hope.

  11. I think his motto is more than valid because as we saw in his life it was extremely important to follow, not what had to be done, but what you wanted to do and above all make it with some imagination and invention. In fact this permitted him to find not only something that he liked doing, but making it something big after all the many things that happened to him. Personally I consider him as an example.

  12. Steve jobs is famous for his amazing speeches, I personally found them so mind opening, and theory of connecting the dots is wonderfully. Nowadays the society think that graduating college means for sure: have the best work, have the best salary, the best life.. well, that right but just in part: graduating in the wrong (for your self) course but well paid, means that you will do something that doesn’t makes you for real happy..
    As he said: “I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out ok”, is literally what makes him who he is now, he believe in himself, in his choice, in his dreams, and he did it. He win in life, and so he lived the life that he wanted, he had the job of his dreams, the salary that he dreams and a numerous family…so, the life that everybody wants and all because he believed in himself and thinks out of the line

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