I have always wondered what Steve Jobs really meant everytime he used the expression ‘ Stay hungry, Stay foolish’. The ‘Stay hungry’ part is not a big deal. I think we pretty much know what that means. It is the ‘Stay Foolish’ part that confounds me. I always thought, what sort of advice would tell someone to ‘Stay foolish’. But I realized the wisdom in this after reading this line from Steven Pressfield’s book: Do The Work. He says:
The three dumbest guys I can think of: Charles Lindbergh, Steve Jobs, Winston Churchill. Why? Because any smart person who understood how impossibly arduous were the tasks they had set themselves would have pulled the plug before he even began. Ignorance and arrogance are the artist and entrepreneur’s indispensable allies. She must be clueless enough to have no idea how difficult her enterprise is going to be—and cocky enough to believe she can pull it off anyway. How do we achieve this state of mind? By staying stupid. By not allowing ourselves to think. A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. It’s only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate. Don’t think. Act.”
It is not that we dont want to go ahead and do those awesome things like start a blog , write song, write a book, start a non profit that supports kids with autism or start a business that changes the world. It is not that we dont want to do those things. It’s just that our fear is stronger than our dreams. We continue to feed our fears with those ‘smart’ , ‘realistic’ ideas and reasons why we are not ready and why it wont work, why we are not good enough and dont have enough knowledge. We feed our fears and starve our dreams with all our ‘smart ideas’.
You dont write on your blog because your lizard brain tells you, ‘you have no authority’, ‘you are a nobody, who is going to read what you write?’, ‘what if people dont like it?’, ‘what if you fail?’ The hard truth is, it’s possible no one will like what you write. And thats fine. Thats not your’s to worry about. Your job is to put something out there today and do it over and over again. Everyday.