Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish!

AppleHe has been referred to as legendary, a futurist and a visionary, and has been described as the Father of the digital revolution, the master of innovation, the master evangelist of the digital age and the design perfectionist. Stay hungry. Stay foolish! No second guess, he is Steve Jobs.

“Even as a feminist, my whole life I’d been waiting for a man to love, who could love me. For decades, I’d thought that man would be my father. When I was 25, I met that man and he was my brother.”

“I want to tell you a few things I learned from Steve, during three distinct periods, over the 27 years I knew him. They’re not periods of years, but of states of being. His full life. His illness. His dying.”

“Steve worked at what he loved. He worked really hard. Every day. That’s incredibly simple, but true. He was the opposite of absent-minded. He was never embarrassed about working hard, even if the results were failures. If someone as smart as Steve wasn’t ashamed to admit trying, maybe I didn’t have to be. When he got kicked out of Apple, things were painful. He told me about a dinner at which 500 Silicon Valley leaders met the then-sitting president. Steve hadn’t been invited. He was hurt but he still went to work at Next. Every single day. Novelty was not Steve’s highest value. Beauty was.”

Above are the excerpts from A Sister’s Eulogy for Steve Jobs in Newyork Times.

I had tears in my eyes when I read the full Eulogy by his sister Mona Simpson, a novelist and a professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Steve Jobs who created Apple also started Pixar, which produced multiple blockbuster films, including Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles. The man who inspired and continues to do so even after his death.

Steve Jobs was born in February 24, 1955. So all the Pisceans out there, another reason to rejoice. Well I am a Piscean and I agree we are born dreamers. But very few actually pour in their blood and soul and have the will power to make the Dreams Reality. And the one who did become Steve Jobs. I love him and so does everyone. In 2004, Jobs was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in his pancreas, which was successfully treated. He passed away on October 5, 2011.

Steve Jobs a charismatic leader, had a persona who enchanted everybody and his ideas. On the website of Apple, you can read so many posts from all over the world Brazil to India under Remembering Steve Jobs. His presence is global and he did not just set an example for the Americans but also for global citizens too. We learn from his life. My personal favorite is his Stanford University commencement speech on “How To Live Before You Die.”

In 1970s Steve Jobs travelled to India to visit a renowned guru whose favorite fruit became the logo of one of the world’s most renowned companies. There are multiple stories about the meaning and origin of the Apple Inc’s logo. But what makes me glad is that he visited my beloved country. Jobs, at that time was working at the young video games start-up Atari in Los Angeles. He flew into New Delhi in April 1974 and travelled to Haridwar in western India for the great Hindu festival known as the Kumbh Mela. From there he went to the ashram of Neem Karoli Baba. But he had arrived too late. Maharaj-ji was no longer present, having attained Mahasamadhi (left his body) the previous September.

My ten favorite quotes of Steve Jobs are:

  • On Life: We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and everyone should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.
  • On Quality: Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.
  • On Creativity: Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.
  • On Business Model: My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.
  • On Design: Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
  • On Changing the World: Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.
  • On Taking Risks: You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. 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.
  • On Work: 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.
  • On Higher Education: I’m not dismissing the value of higher education; I’m simply saying it comes at the expense of experience.
  • On being Unique: 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.
  • Vishal Shankar

    Awesome. Even The logo justifies the Title “Stay Hungry..” :)