Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish, Stay Curious

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Stay Hungry

Let’s say you walk into a store, and you ask the seller, “How much does this watch cost?”

He doesn’t even bother looking up from the novel he’s reading, and he says, “Check the price at the bottom.”

If someone shows you this much interest – or lack thereof – would you stay in the shop for long? Most probably not, unless you desperately need to.

In Swahili, we say that this person amesheeba. In other words, he’s no longer hungry. If he was hungry for your money he’d cast the book aside and give you more attention.

Similarly, if you look at the mediocre lives of ordinary people, you’ll find out that most of them are comfortable. They’re not so hungry. and this lack of hunger closes the door for them to look for something “more”. But the people who keep on moving ahead, they’re filled with this insatiable hunger for something more, which is why they will take that one extra step, do that extra thing, because they are unsatisfied, or they are hungry.

Stay Foolish

‘In Silicon Valley, the first failure is a badge of honour. It is OK to fail to succeed.’ – Dan Kaplan

Another quote goes like “Success is going from one failure to another without any loss of enthusiasm.”

Think about it this way. Sometimes failure is on its own a success, and success is on its own a failure. If you keep on failing, each failure will show you one thing that is not wrong in the whole process. However, immediate success doesn’t exactly make you examine things with as much scrutiny as if you had been failing all along, so you learn less. Therefore, you fail.

Stay Curious

Another thing that the world lacks nowadays is curiosity. Don’t get me wrong. People are curious but of course about the wrong things. They are curious why Mrs X and Mr Y got a divorce, why A and B didn’t go to country X for vacation. They’re curious about the details of each other’s lives. Remember that big minds discuss ideas and small minds discuss people.

The curiosity that needs to be nurtured is that for knowledge. The problem with our generation is that we are the Xbox, Internet and Facebook generation that’s so overloaded with information already that we are no longer motivated to be curious about anything else.

Be curious, turn questions into quests. Don’t be satisfied with the status quo. Curiosity is the fuel that makes people think at a tangent and come up with new ideas, in an attempt to work differently and thus come up with better results.

So my advise for today extends Steve Jobs’, “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish, Stay Curious.”

9 thoughts on “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish, Stay Curious

    anonymous said:
    October 24, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Being in a state of constant hunger and curiosity is something out of control. One can experience this state for a short time, then it’s … gone with the wind! It’s no longer there!

    yara610 said:
    October 25, 2011 at 6:09 am

    I really liked this Amina. Especially the first part “Stay Hungry”. Its just so realistic. I hope we will always stay hungry, foolish, and curious ;)

    Alaeddine said:
    October 25, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Amina … that’s witty … Liked it. It reminds me of a recent book “The Thank You Economy” :)
    @anonymous: I come to understand after reading some Bios that there is always time when passion and curiousity vanish but great people are the ones who know how to get these two items back. Talking about Steve Jobs, in some periods of his life, he was working on stuff that is not really his passion.

    AH responded:
    October 26, 2011 at 6:12 am

    @all, thanks for your comments. @Alaeddine I agree with you. Normal people normally lose the hunger, and curiosity especially when they have responsibilities on their shoulders, they can no longer take the risk. However extraordinary people either have supporting people who help them become curious and hungry and foolish again or they induce it within themselves.

    mariam said:
    October 26, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Great post, i loved the simplicity of the message, u remind me of a book i read sm years back and the message was you can only succeed in life if you undertake what you really love & that life is a journey of illimited knowledge if you have an open mind.

    Dmitry said:
    November 13, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    I think many times we get tied up, and tied down by the small things in life. While they are important, if they consume you , then you’ll never move forward. Moving forward taking risks, failing and trying again, its almost counter human nature – Stay Foolish. Human nature is to seek shelter and comfort in things, ideas, people. To move forward it takes something special. Courage or perhaps foolishness they are not too separated ideas in general. Hang on to the things that are important we all know what is important to all of us, and let go things that hold you back – Stay Hungry.

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    naturerestoresme said:
    February 24, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I think it is in those moments when we are foolish, failing and curious, that we are really living. Painful as those moments can be. And the hardest thing is to love yourself, laugh, and get up and try something new all over again! Thank you for all these thoughtful entries in your blog! Don’t ever stop writing.

      AH responded:
      February 24, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      Thank you for dropping by and commenting! What you said is true!Have a lovely day !

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