Sunday, December 04, 2005

I'll stay foolish. I'll stay hungry.

It hurts to live with a dream, yet to be unable to fulfill it; to show you have what it takes to be where your heart is, yet to see others ignore it; to be raring to embark on the journey you have been waiting for almost all your life, yet to be rejected every single time you try to make it happen. It really does.

I've been thinking a lot about Steve Jobs's Commencement address for the past couple of days and tried to find my solace in the amazing story of his life and his inspiring words:
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. 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. 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. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

..Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself...

That's certainly not an easy road. But it's definitely the road I need to take just like ever other human being who has followed their dream; a road with the difficulties and uncertainties that even Aaron Brown, former CNN anchor refers to in his speech to communications students:

"I had to find a relationship between the things I dream and the person I am. They don't have to exist separately. But I've been where you are and I know how scary it is. Just remember that you can do this - whatever your 'this' is. In the difficult times that will surely arise, remember that it is possible - think about my life. In my life, all I worried about was plan A and plan A was to get in the door. Everything else will work itself out."

I guess I'll stay foolish. I'll stay hungry...