iAdvice: Steve Jobs Says Stay Hungry and Foolish

Posted on August 25, 2011


I was all set to write something about Ticketmaster’s new Facebook integration or discuss research that shows women’s priorities are changing when the news broke that Steve Jobs is stepping down as CEO of Apple.

Jobs is undoubtedly one of the most influential figures the world has ever seen and it seemed appropriate to talk about him.

But I couldn’t think of any wise or sage-like lessons related to his announcement.

So instead I decided to put the burden of being wise and sage-like on him. After all, he did just retire. He’s got a lot more free time now.

Below is the video of a commencement speech Jobs gave at Stanford University in 2005.

It’s a short speech where he tells three stories about his life.

The whole thing only runs about 15 minutes but for anyone who can’t put down their iPhone for that long, here’s the Cliff’s notes version of the lessons Jobs tries to impart:

1) Getting Fired Can Be an Opportunity: Something every radio person needs to keep in mind.

2) You Can’t Predict the Future: Go where your experiences lead you and don’t look back.

3) Life is Short: Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

Hungry and foolish. I can try to do that.