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Jul 22, 2019 15:16:39

Re: Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

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Philipp Haidenbauer

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Thanks, @seunoyebode for today's post inspiration. :)

"Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." - Steve Jobs 2005

A great quote, but it is hard to understand in German if you translate it directly. Out of context, you might mean you should stay hungry. I don't like being hungry, but let me write about what inspired me.

My father sometimes asks me why I have so many hobbies and never quite finish something. I am never really answering the question to him because I know he wouldn't understand fully. Not because he is dumb or something, but he didn't grow up with the internet. He heard about Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Bill Gates and the other Folks from Silicon Valley, but he doesn't know the stories behind them.

All the mentioned Folks have something in common, I heard it over the years. I think somebody made even a study on it. All of them had and have a wide spectrum of interests.

No one of them is perfect in one sector, they know something about everything.

Take Elon Musk for example, if I remember correctly he read a book a day when he was younger. I think he still does. He could have stopped after the first company but didn't.

If you look at interviews or presentation from him, you know he can't present. I think that is just an ability he never really learned, but you can talk to him about Rocket Science, Space Travel, Electric Engines or more recently Brains.

It is not that he knows every detail in a category, but he knows enough that others find: "Oh, that Guy understood the basics".

Basics are the core part of every research or science. If you know the basics, you can talk to others and flesh out. Learn more.

Why do I have so many interests? Because the more you know, you can make connections between topics others can't. And I think that's part of the reason why these people are who they are and where they are.

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    @phaidenbauer I agree with you about having broad interests and having the ability to make connections among many topics. Here's a funny translation story. Someone took the English phrase, "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" and translated it to Russian. He then took the Russian words and translated them back into English to get "The wine is good but the meat is spoiled."

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jul 22, 2019 18:52:38
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      @brandonwilson Sometimes phrases just don't want to be translated an I am thankful that I reached a level on English where I'm not translating every sentence in my Brain anymore, it just makes sense on its own. And that's great for writing. Sure, I'm looking up words regularly, but I can just craft an English sentence in my head without thinking about a German sentence and translating it :)

      Philipp Haidenbauer avatar Philipp Haidenbauer | Jul 23, 2019 15:20:55
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    @phaidenbauer Yeah, I'm glad you found inspiration by the post. Lovely post too, I was gonna write on staying on the basics tomorrow.

    Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Jul 22, 2019 14:42:40
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      @seunoyebode Thank you. I'm looking forward to your post tomorrow :)

      Philipp Haidenbauer avatar Philipp Haidenbauer | Jul 22, 2019 16:21:44
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