In a time of challenge, I keep hearing Steve Job’s in my head “Stay Hungry Stay Foolish”. At Stanford, I know that Steve Job’s speech is one that impresses me far more than that quote. But its something that has helped me connect the dots in my life. Here are three points I got from the Steve Job’s comemncement speech.
Steve Job’s on connecting the Dots
As I hear about Steve Job’s speak of being homeless. I think of my time without a home. As I hear steve job’s quote on walking 7 miles, I think of my time walking 8 miles. I hear about Steve Job’s time only have a garunteed meet with the HariKrisna House. I think of my time where the only meal I knew I had was at a bar when they had free bufallo wings on Wednesdays.
“Trust that the dot’s will connect in your future.” said Steve Jobs in the his commencement address. Steve Job’s continued “Follow you heart even when it leads you off the well worn path, and that will make all the difference.” My heart is with my son and writing. I do other things well, but writing is wear my passion remains. Preferably, I love writing on a Mac; but that is another story. In this time I have been connecting the dots, As Steve Jobs states, by reflecting on the past which helped prepare me for my future.
Steve Job’s Love and Loss
Starting from nothing is a challenge to anyone. Starting over after a publich failure is what Steve Job’s did when he was fired from apple. Steve Job’s was fired from Apple, a business he started with his buddy. Steve Job’s the arrogant brilliant man whom knew he created the best product out was humbled.
Steve Job’s states concisely “Sometime life will hit you with a ton of bricks, don’t loose faith.” I identify with that so well. I hold many people have that same feeling about being hit with a ton of bricks in this economy. Business is such that challenges happen daily and you much love it to keep moving forward. Steve Job’s stated “the only way to do great work is to love what you do”.
My macbook was stolen in January of 2009. I was crushed. Since then I have had challenges just keeping things going. Mentally, I felt like I could do nothing without that machine. Physically, it was more than a computer to me. The computer was my home. Without the Mac I felt homeless. With the Macbook even when homeless, I felt at home anywhere. I press on thinking of that Faith concept. The bible says Faith without works is dead. I am working in faith and pray one day to get all that was taken from me back and more.
Steve Job’s Death
Steve Job’s in the Stanford Address stated “Remembering you are going to die is the best way I know of thinking you have something to loose.” I strive to reflect on each day and see what I have done to help someone. I stive to see what I have done to grow my business. I strive to see what I have do to reach my goal. I do this reflective moment each day because I know, as Steve Job’s said, tomorow is not promised. This daily practive helps me remain accountable to my God, my business, and my goals.
“Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish” is the terms Steve Job’s left the Stanford university audience with at the end. The whole earth catalog was something I did not connect to at all from Steve Jobs. When I heard Steve Job’s use it in the address, I though great speech but what the heck is “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish” as a final note. As I started to connect the dots again, I realized the hungrier I was the more I worked on passion and purpose. As I connected the dot I realized I was foolish to ever think that I could hire people in a down econmy. Yet, in a time where I strugled to eat I was able to find a way to make payroll. As I strugled to plan my next steps, I knew God would provide as long as I pressed forward. As I looked back at my life I know I have been blessed to stay hungry and foolish which as allowed me to work and walk in faith.