Misc Monday: Steve Jobs: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”

I love this speech that Steve Jobs gave at Stanford University’s 2005 commencement ceremony. When I have a moment of doubt about anything in life–writing or otherwise–I pop over to watch it. It buoys me. Revs me up. Clears the noise. Brings me back to center. Reminds me to listen to my smart, funny, creative inner voice.

Favorite quotes:

“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.”

“Again, 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. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

“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 important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

And my favorite favorite:

“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”



Q4U: What brings you back to center in moments of doubt?

9 Responses to Misc Monday: Steve Jobs: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”

  1. Thanks for this, Kristin. I have seen some of the quotes from this speech before – it was really great hearing the whole thing finally.

    My version of his imperative to find what you love is to ask myself “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” That line comes from a Mary Oliver poem, and just asking myself that seems to ground me. It also reminds me: yes! We have just this one life – and it is wild and precious.

    (Anyone needing to be reminded of life’s blessings should check out Mary Oliver in general. She also gets me with this: “I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”)

    Writing is so often a struggle against doubt that I’m always grateful for inspiration to keep me going. Connecting with other awesome writers like you definitely helps!

    • Hey Sion…I love that Mary Oliver quote, too. (And pretty much all Mary Oliver poetry. One of my favorites is “Spring.”)

      Thanks for coming by regularly. I so agree that connecting with other awesome writers keeps us inspired.

  2. Love it, Kristin. Thanks for the inspiration. Right now I feel like I’m half living someone else’s life (in order to survive) and half living my passion….it’s a struggle, but I’m trying to remember to be patient!

  3. This is a great post, Kristin. I am definitely going to come back later and watch the video. Do you mind if I share it on my blog as well?