By Maxime Lagacé

“Stay hungry, stay foolish” is one of my favorite quotes of all time.

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The first time I heard it was during Steve Jobs’ commencement speech at Stanford back in 2005.

I didn’t know much about Steve at that time besides being the co-founder of Apple.

I also found he was worth more than 250$ million by the time he was 25.

Then he died from cancer in 2011.

After I dove into his life story, I found a truly inspiring và deep character.

I recommend his excellent biography by Walter Isaacson.

So, what does Steve mean by “Stay hungry, stay foolish”?

What’s the story behind it?

How can you use this quote in your own life?

Let’s find out!

What does “Stay hungry, stay foolish” mean?

“Stay hungry, stay foolish” means you should always learn, move forward, avoid taking things personally & be indifferent when things don’t go as planned.

Now, let’s dig a little deeper to uncover what this quote means in detail.

Stay hungry

Staying hungry means you keep your motivation high.

It means you adapt fast, learn new things continually, và want to vị your best.

You want lớn reach your full potential.

It means you follow your heart & go toward what truly interests you.

You stay curious & you’re not satisfied with the status quo (like Steve famously said in his “Think Different” campaign).

You don’t discourage yourself during hard times & you fight back.

You’re patient with results but impatient with actions.

Stay foolish

Staying foolish means you don’t live in the past.

Even if you’ve been hurt, keep your head up & continue on your path.

You don’t sweat the small stuff.

You don’t mind if dogs bark.

You’re a little stubborn, a little crazy.

And you’re comfortable with it.

You know lots of things in life don’t make sense but you don’t care.

You know you don’t control most things in life but you don’t care.

You simply vì your best, and you don’t mind the rest.

What’s the story behind “Stay hungry, stay foolish”?

Steve Jobs wasn’t the first one khổng lồ use these words.

He discovered them in a book called the Whole Earth Catalogue.

Steve Jobs referred lớn this counterculture magazine as one of the bibles of his generation.

On the back cover of the last edition in 1974, the farewell message was “Stay hungry, stay foolish”.

Those words were also the last message Jobs wanted to tell in his commencement speech.


Commencement Speech At Stanford, “Stay hungry, stay foolish”

Steve Jobs told us to “Stay hungry, stay foolish” in his commencement speech at Stanford in 2005.

You can hear the words at 14:09 in the video.

How can you use “Stay hungry, stay foolish” in your life?

Utility #1: For Your Self-Talk

One way you can use this quote is as a mantra.

Or self-talk if you prefer.

It’s lượt thích using positive affirmations for better mental states you want khổng lồ reach.

How does it work?

When you wake up, repeat lớn yourself 5-10 times “Stay hungry, stay foolish”.

Or “Today I will stay hungry. Today I will stay foolish”.

Same thing when you go lớn bed.

You can also put a little variant saying “How can I stay hungry today?”, “How can I stay foolish today?”.

Asking yourself questions is a great way khổng lồ activate the subconscious mind & bring change khổng lồ your life.

As Thomas Edison said,

Never go to sleep without a request khổng lồ your subconscious.

Utility #2: For Your Motivation

The part “Stay hungry” acts lượt thích fuel for your motivation.

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If you’re like me, you know life is rarely easy.

You know life will throw challenges, bad news, and curve balls when you least expect it.

What’s the best way to giảm giá with this?

By taking responsibility, finding solutions, & moving forward.

By staying hungry.

Keep in mind pessimists destroy things.

Optimists create things.

Be an optimist.

Utility #3: For Your Inner Peace

With the part “Stay Foolish” you’ll be like a warrior.

A warrior doesn’t care about

looking lượt thích an idiotthe resultsthe criticsthe pastfailures


A warrior cares about only one thing:

the process.

Does he control results? No.

Does he control the process? Yes.

That’s why it’s wise khổng lồ always focus your energy on what you can control.

For more on that, kiểm tra out our stoic quotes.

In sum,

by staying hungry & staying foolish you’ll be unstoppable.

You’ll be steady và unfazed by life’s challenges.

You’ll have fun improving things.

You’ll have big dreams.

You’ll make your mark.

In your way.


There’s a lot of wisdom in those 4 words, “stay hungry, stay foolish”.

If a person lượt thích Steve Jobs said them, it’s worth paying attention to.

After all, he’s one of the most influential entrepreneurs of all time.

He created one of the most successful companies, Apple, the smartphone, the tablet, và the personal computer.

His net worth was more than $250 million by the time he was 25.

He also revolutionized the movie industry with Pixar.

Jony Ive, Apple’s famous designer, called him the most focused person he’s ever met.

Perhaps that was due khổng lồ his meditation practice.

Or perhaps lớn the words he was telling himself.

“Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.”

Further Readings

Do you lượt thích this quote? What’s your view on “Stay hungry, stay foolish”? How bởi vì you plan khổng lồ use it in your own life? 

Please let us know in the phản hồi section below!

Author Bio

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology & trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes và nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing thoughts, feelings & quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

A few years later, he started his first website to cốt truyện his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, INFJ và also loves running.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental & physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, SEO, human potential, productivity, education & minimalism.

Finally, he still considers himself a beginner.

You can find him on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Quora, Instagram, YouTube.

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March 10, 2022

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