“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 :

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175 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

  13. Without any doubts Steve Jobs’ speech is very touching and motivational. Listening to this speech in this peculiar part of my life in which i find my self making a very difficult decisions that will mark my future life forever was inspiring and it convinced me even more to always follow my dreams and to always aim high, without letting anybody tell me any different.
    Jobs told the graduands three stories regarding his life. the part that inspired me the most was the one about connecting the dots.This part impressed me the most because he said that you cold only connect the dots once you look back in the past and that it’s difficult to look further, you have to trust the process and that everything is going to make sense eventually. In conclusion hope that i will be able to achieve my goals and be who i inspire to be and to always be hungry and foolish .

  14. Steve Jobs’ speech make me think a lot. I enjoy how he went through all the difficult moments of his life. Steve Jobs’ words make me think about my future, that scares me a lot if I need to be honest.
    But unfurtunatly this speech does not convince me. I don’t like this kinda vision of life, I’m sure that even if you are not motivated that’s fine anyways. We dont need somebody that remaind us everyday that life is short. I truly belive that we have a lot of times in our lives. For make things we enjoy, and also make things we do not enjoy at all. Life is long if we take our time and use it in a clever way. In conclusion I hope to find my way with the right time, but thank you Steve Jobs.

  15. I fully agree with the words of Steve Jobs. I am of the opinion that getting out of the comfort zone and doing everything to satisfy one’s dreams, even risking it, is the best thing. Life is made up of ups and downs, when things go wrong you have to be intelligent to learn even from mistakes because it’s by making mistakes over and over again that you get the best results. From this point of view it is admirable to see how Steve Jobs after suffering a huge disappointment managed to recover everything without ever giving up. Also watching this video I discovered things I didn’t know about like the fact that he was fired from Apple. I also agree with the way he sees death and I think that I will have to start every morning by asking myself if I am satisfied with what I do in case every day is the last.

  16. I consider Steve Jobs as an amazing person and in this speech as an example. He wants to teach us something very important: never give up and never stop believing in your dreams, everything is achievable if you want, but only a few people are able to follow their dreams.
    Our lives shouldn’t be thrown away, we only have one and we should do everything to follow our goals.

  17. We can all agree that Steve Jobs was one of the most iconic characters in the history of the new millennium, with all his technological advances; but he was also an example for everyone. His story should be heard by all of us, infect in my opinion this motivational speech should be heard by all students, especially in their senior year of high school. Once you get almost to the final exam, you really understand what are the topics that really interest you in life, while in previous years almost all subjects were given the same importance; It is a fundamental step in our life to understand what we want to become in the future. Personally I found myself in some of the words spoken by Steven, for example when he spoke of having abandoned some university courses that did not interest him for what he wanted to become, it was a particular choice but it helped him a lot. I hope that every students, including me, could reach their dream’s life style and their goals.

  18. I thinks that this speech is a great life’s lesson. Steve Jobs was completely right when he said that all of us has to find what we love and follow it, because everything that is made with love is made well. Today I don’t know what I will do in my future, but I’m sure that I will understand this at the right moment, because as Jobs says, at the end every dot will be connected. One thing that I want to remind for my future is what Jobs said about taking the risk: anyone has to be brave and don’t waste time because it’s important to remind that this is limited and we have to live our lives as well as we can.

  19. This speech is very current despite it was made 18 years ago. If I think about the future I don’t have a clear vision of myself. I’m not one to take advice much, but if it’s Steve Jobs talking, I’ll try to take his advice. He talked about “connecting the dots”. I’ll try to follow my instincts and intuition, because even if they won’t give me immediate results, they could be useful in the future. He also said: “love what you do”. I think that’s the secret to living a fulfilling life. Also this speech reminded me that I am not immortal and I too will die. Life is short and must be lived without regrets.

  20. Steve Jobs’ speech is very useful, especially for us young students who have not yet decided which path to take for our future.
    At this moment I haven’t definitively decided what to do in the future, I haven’t yet connected the dots, as Steve Jobs says, but so that I will do it at the right time.
    There are a couple of things he said that I think are very important:
    The first is that you have to find something you love and follow it, because if you do a job you love it’s as if we didn’t work.
    The second is that time is limited, so we must be brave and not put things off.
    This speech pushes you to chase your dreams!

  21. Steve Jobs’ speech is very useful, especially for us young students who have not yet decided which path to take for our future.
    At this moment I haven’t definitively decided what to do in the future, I haven’t yet connected the dots, as Steve Jobs says, but so that I will do it at the right time.
    There are a couple of things he said that I think are very important:
    The first is that you have to find something you love and follow it, because if you do a job you love it’s as if we didn’t work.
    The second is that time is limited, so we must be brave and not put things off.
    This speech pushes you to chase your dreams!

  22. I only know who Steve Jobs is because he’s the founder of Apple, but I never cared about his personal life and I didn’t know what he went through. Hisr three stories are very interesting and are proof that if you have a dream, you have to follow it and do whatever you can do to realize it. They are stories for future generations to push them to give the best of themselves in what they want to do and in my opinion, even for the older generations who are still in time for realize their dream. Contrary to what he says in the last story, Steve Jobbs was so brilliant that he should never have given way to anyone, because despite the times modernized more and more, he could continue to compete even with younger people.

  23. In this speech Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, speaks to university students. Three closely related stories are told. Each of them is a piece of Steven Jobs’ journey. I think hearing the words of a person who created everything from nothing is great. It is very important for the younger generation to take this person as an example. It teaches us that we must always pursue our dreams, even if the results don’t come immediately. He thought about quitting many times, but then he loved it too much to let it go. He created Apple in a garage with a friend and became the best company in the world. He wants these kids to understand that he was just like them. All of this is great!!

  24. I can say for sure that those words hit really hard specially when those who heard them are in a period when the society demand them to make an important decision: what do you wanna do in the future?
    Right now we are living in a society that offer us so many opportunities, a society that despite its flaws is free from previous conventions and because of that its so hard to answer to that question. Personally I have chosen a “path to follow” but despite that I’ve found Steve Jobs’ message inspiring, even though I can’t say that we are in the same wavelenght about our visions of life.

  25. I really liked this speech. Thanks to it I understood that to be successful in life you should focus on something you are very interested in and improve your skills in that field. During this speech I realises that at the beginning of our journey what we are doing may not make any sense, but as we get close to our goal all the things we have done will make more sense. What’s important is to live as today is our last day and to chase our dreams, in order to avoid any regret when the death will come to take us. As Steve Jobs said, never forget to be hungry and foolish in order to have the energy to chase and realize your goals.

  26. Steve Jobs’ speech at Stanford University in 2005, with almost 40 million views on YouTube, is the most watched commencement speech of all time.
    He talks about three stories, the first one was about his adoption and his college life.
    He basicly explained how the worst points in life can be doorways to a higher level of creativity and understanding.
    He wants to teach not to live someone else’s life but to live our lives because our time is limited and it would be a shame to waiste it. He suggests not to be trapped by dogma, not to allow other people opinions condition our lives
    The central idea about his whole speech was to follow our dreams, to do what we love and never give up. Since work is going to fill a large part of our life, the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what we believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what we do. If we haven’t found it yet, we don’t have to settle but keep looking.
    He finished the speech by strongly suggesting to remain hungry and foolish.
    Widely considered a visionary and a genius Steve Jobs is one of the most motivated and driven entrepreneurs of all time. Most people believe that it was his constant need for perfection that drove him to persevere through projects, but his biggest motivation was his desire to leave something behind that changed everything.

  27. Personally I don’t completely agree with Steve Job’s speech.
    In my opinion it’s too easy to say that the dots will connect when they have already connected.
    He took a big risk quitting the University, but he still made it to the top. He managed that not just thanks to his hard work, but also to
    his great talent and his incredible intelligence.
    Without one of the two it’s really hard, I would say impossible, to achieve what he achieved.
    He is just one in a million.
    What about all the others that thought the dots would have connected and then just didn’t?
    I think that quitting the studies was a mistake and he was just lucky to be way smarter than almost everybody else.
    On the other hand I really respect him and his willpower: when he got fired from his own company he could have stopped trying and give everything up, but he didn’t. He kept believing in himself and kept working and managed to make it to the top again.
    So to conclude I think that it’s really important to never stop trying and believing but it’s really important to think rationally, getting the bachelor degree in the 99% of the cases pays off more than not getting it.

  28. I think Steve Jobs is a role model for all of us. he is living the proof that nothing is impossible if you really believe it and if you put all of yourself investing time, money and sacrifice.
    he gives young people an important lesson in life : we must be strong and never be discouraged , we must be hungry for success and not get lost in distractions such as the judgment of others.we must be crazy, marginalized, not homologated.

  29. Steve Jobs is one of the most inspiring people in my opinion. Obviously his genius inventions have given him popularity, but I don’t want to look only at his success. It’s inspiring for me to see the process, the mentality and his strength. In life in general it’s essential to really believe in what you are doing and what you want to do. Of course first you need to know what you want to do and you need to set your personal goals. But, after that, you have to be convinced and that’s what Steve Jobs is trying to say. Surely there will be difficulties and moments when you want to give up but you have to be strong and continue on your path.

  30. In life it’s right to give up something out of passion, because that’s how you feel good about yourself. But not always abandoning studies, as Steve Jobs did, will bring good luck. If there’s one thing that sets Steve Jobs apart and all those other people with stories like that it’s both perseverance and tenacity, but really a lot of luck. Without that in life it is difficult to go on. And it is in the university that it is possible to find the only sure way, at least I hope. Over the years, inconvenience or unpleasant episodes can happen, such as being fired from the agency you created. However, this does not mean that it is all over, even if for many it is. Misfortunes in life happen and will always happen to everyone, but there is one thing that must be understood. It’s in these moments that you shouldn’t give up and try to get back up. It’s normal that you will suffer but it’s right to fight to really live again. And that’s how I think Steve thought of it.

  31. Steve Jobs’ speech is very emotional, I firmly believe that it was a point of reference for many young people who had a dream to realize and it will certainly continue to be so for the kids who will listen to this speech in the future. It is clearly seen that Steve Jobs’ words are sincere and have a deep meaning and are aimed at reaching the hearts of all listeners. The part that makes you think the most is the one that concerns the connection of all the dots, it is really true that whatever you do in your life will then be useful for you to achieve your goal and finally everything will make sense.

  32. What i think about it,is that in life we must always be powered by our creativity, always be able to reinvent ourselves and follow what we are most passionate about, even if it could seem hard at times as we tend to follow stereotypes and mostly what other people think. Therefore I feel like underlining the phrase by Steve Jobs “ don’t live someone’s else’s life” because that’s when life becomes meaningless and without stimuli or even personality. In the end I also think that to live a fulfilling life you have to give voice to your instincts and for this I fully agree with “stay hungry, stay foolish”.

  33. What i think about it,is that in life we must always be powered by our creativity, always be able to reinvent ourselves and follow what we are most passionate about, even if it could seem hard at times as we tend to follow stereotypes and mostly what other people think. Therefore I feel like underlining the phrase by Steve Jobs “ don’t live someone’s else’s life” because that’s when life becomes meaningless and without stimuli or even personality. In the end I also think that to live a fulfilling life you have to give voice to your instincts and for this I fully agree with “stay hungry, stay foolish”.

  34. Steve Jobs’ speech is personally just on another level. You can see how a grown person, who has been trought everything, has reached the top. He’s really motivating because he has the same background of everyone. He doesn’t come from a rich family, and yet he has done a lot of sacrifices to go from rags to riches. What the investor want to say is that if you truly want to catch your dreams, your ambition, nothing can’t stop you; and if bad things happened to you during the way, you’ll have to use them as a motivation to keep going further and further. Of course he’s one in a million, often you can’t just work hard if you haven’t the intelligence by your side, but I mean, not everyone need to become a billionare, so the message is reach your top despite the difficulties, no matter what.

  35. I agree with Steve Jobs’ speech. Everything we do could be useful in the future, like Steve jobs talks about connecting the dots. I also agree about not wasting time, in fact we often focus on not wasting anything around us except time which is the law that regulates our life. In general I found this intervention very interesting and motivational, also very useful for understanding the vision that a man has of life who, starting from zero, has reached the maximum.

  36. To be honest I’ve always known Steve Jobs as the “CEO of apple” nothing more. However, getting to hear the authentic witness of his life helped me to remember a concept that many tend to forget: we are all human beings, sooner or later we all face pain, obstacles and failures in life and we are all going to die someday. Unfortunately it takes very little to give up, but sometimes it could take even less to start standing up again, just one positive thought: believe, we must believe in ourselves to the end, we must not lose hope for any reason in the world and then, once we got up, we need to fight. All this requires a huge dose of tenacity, willpower, but above all it requires the love for life and for ourselves. It is quite absurd and extraordinary at the same time to think about how what really makes the difference is the idea, the intuition, the personal vision of a single mind, we are in control of our own lives. The one thing we can’t control is the passing of time, hence we must not be afraid to follow our dreams, we must not question where our heart leads us, no matter how “foolish” it may turn out to be.

  37. Steve Jobs’ speech was overwhelming. He teaches that even if you start without a thing, you, as everyone else, can achieve your goals.
    The important thing is that willpower and determination never slow down.
    It doesn’t matter the money, the studies or the recommendations. Total dedication and passion are is one of the Steve Jobs’ speech was very rousing. It teaches that even starting from nothing, everyone, no one excluded, can achieve their goal.
    The important things that allow us to reach our goals are willpower and determination
    Steve Jobs’ story touched me a lot because he made mistakes, but he managed not to give up and continued to grow up until he became the founder of Apple, a very famous technology company.

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