“Stay hungry, stay foolish”

Developing or possessing an ownership mindset is deeply transforming in the sense that one who was migratory becomes a settler. The once nimble startup becomes a corporate behemoth seeking to protect market share. The once curious lover becomes a boring spouse. Asymmetric warfare strategies get supplanted by traditional ones and Davids become Goliaths.

The problem with allowing this way of thinking seep into your consciousness is that it unravels. It chips away every sense of adventure and tact, slowly, even though unnoticed. When companies fail or relationships end abruptly, it’s this type of thinking that’s often responsible.

Is having an ownership mindset entirely bad? Not at all. It’s a bit of a necessity to do great good in the world. However, nothing trumps staying grounded to your core, irrespective of how great you become. At the end of his now-famous 2005 Stanford commencement speech, Steve Jobs surmised his ethos which in large part influenced his round-the-world journey from Apple to Next and Pixar, with a quote from the final edition of the Whole Earth Catalog that said: “Stay hungry, stay foolish.”

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