stay hungry stay foolish

Stay Hungary, Stay Foolish



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Paraphrased Transcript

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world.

Truth be told, I never graduated from college. This is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation.

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Your work is going to fill a large part of your life. 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.

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. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers.

This approach has never let me down; it has made all the difference in my life.

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road.

Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

And I have always wished that for myself.

And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Thank you all very much.


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1. Who was speaking? What was the occasion? Where was this place?

2. According to the speaker, what is the secret of success?

3. If you haven’t found what you truly desire, give up. Yes or no?

4. Will you know when you have found your destiny? How will you know?

5. What does he say about work and time?

6. Should you completely follow other people’s lives, opinions and thinking?

7. “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.” What does this mean? Give examples.

8. “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick.” What does this mean? What is the solution?

9. What were his final words of wisdom? What does it mean?
A. What do you or your friends think of Steve Jobs? Would you or your friends like to become like Steve Jobs?

B. I know people who have followed their passion and become successful. Yes or no? Give examples of people who are doing what they love.

C. Do you think Steve Jobs is right, or is he being to idealistic and impractical?

D. Have you found your life’s true calling? What is your passion? Can you become “successful” with what you love doing? How could you turn your passion into great success?

E. What will happen in the future?

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