24 November 2014
One of the most concise yet astute pieces of advice I have ever come across is a quote from Steve Jobs where he said, “Stay hungry, stay foolish.” It’s a simple line – perhaps so much so that you’d be forgiven for overlooking it. However, I would argue there is so much to learn from these four words.
Think back to when you were a child of say seven or eight. What did you want to be? I’m willing to bet that you had some really great ideas about the world and your part in it. I remember dreaming big at that age, telling my father that one day I would own office blocks and be a businessman. Whilst I’d always envisioned doing that in the music industry and ploughing profits into other things, I was still making big plans, unconstrained by worries and ‘what ifs’.
That’s why kids are the best dreamers; because we’re all so naive at that age. The most important part of being successful as an entrepreneur – in my opinion – is to remain naive, keep dreaming and never grow up. That’s why you have to hand over the reality, that layer of certainty, to those very clever people – accountants and lawyers – who are much more sensible than you. These are the people who can maintain your dashboard, almost like an air traffic control system, so you can see where you’re flying.
Being foolish, naive, hungry for adventure – these are all things we can look to kids and learn from. Too often, as adults, we’re taught to manage our expectations, but I’m not convinced that’s the best approach to take in life? Wouldn’t it be better – and more fun – not just to dream, but to chase those dreams like there’s no tomorrow?