Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

I just came across the transcript of a graduation commencement address that Steve Jobs delivered to the Stanford University class of 2005.  Certain parts of this speech strongly coincide with the underlying message in my previous post.  Beyond that, it provides some exceptional first hand advice from a man who followed his heart and intuition in pursuit of what he loved in life… and he came out on top.  The full commencement address is definitely worth a quick read.  Here are a couple excerpts that initially caught my attention:

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything, all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

“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.”

“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”

All That Really Matters

Every morning you wake up to being one day older.  These days roll into weeks, months, and years.  Before you know it, a significant portion of time has passed you by.  The question ultimately becomes: Have you been successful in how you spent your time?  It all depends on what you value most.  Maybe you value spending time with your family and close friends, making money, learning a new skill, or helping others.  The most important aspect encompasses the notion that everyone should truly enjoy what they do with their time.  They should enjoy it in such a fashion that when they look back at their past, they are fond of the memories.  Someday it may be all that really matters.  As Pink Floyd once said, “…the memories of a man in his old age are the deeds of a man in his prime…”.

Links Worth Checking Out 12-15-06

I’ve spent more time web surfing than blogging the last couple of weeks.  Here are a few sites that are worth checking out.

  1. Refresh Thing Wii – continuously refresh the stock listings at all the major online retailers to find yourself a Nintendo Wii.
  2. Wired Test 2006 – The top 300 household electronics and gear all rated and reviewed by Wired. 
  3. Ten Gadgets That Changed the World – Also from Wired.
  4. World’s Oldest Person Dies – Here’s to living to be 116.
  5. Mariah Carey Sues Pornstar – Mariah Carey never came off as the sharpest pencil in the box… this is just further supporting evidence that she’s not.
  6. Just how bad a President is George W. Bush? – An interesting article from the European point of view.
  7. Waste Some Time with Attractors 1 & 2 – A total waste of time… but pretty neat.