Steve Jobs: “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish”

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Think for a second about your most innovative and productive employees. It’s likely that they approach life in the same way they approach work—with an unbridled passion. It’s not something a manager can teach … but it is something they can harness and direct.

With the news of Steve Jobs' death yesterday, I remembered a remarkable commencement speech the Apple founder gave at Stanford University in 2005. He spoke of that kind of passion for work and life. The speech made the rounds on the Internet at the time. It was about a year after he received his cancer prognosis. He said, “I had the surgery and am fine now.”

That first brush with death forced Jobs to confront the big issues of work, death and how he wanted to live his life. The highlights:

“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right.’ It made an impression on me, and since...(register to read more)

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