Sunday, 16 November 2008

Good Quotes - 3

1) "A man who wants nothing is invincible."

2) "Education costs money,but then so does ignorance." - Sir Claus Moser"

3) "A little knowledge that acts, is worth more than much knowledge that is idle." - Kahlil Gibran

4) "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."

5) "The only thing I like about the stones that comes in my way is, once I pass across them, they automatically become my milestones."

6) "If you pray for patience for someone, then give them the opportunity to be patient.
If you pray for courage for someone, then give them the opportunity to be courageous.
If you want that your loved ones stay together, then when tough time comes then stay together." - Evan Almighty (Hollywood film)

7) "Life is finite... it is upto us to decide how you want to go... whether on feet or on knee..." - The Kingdom (Hollywood film)

8) "Increasing Knowledge Increases Sorrow." - Renaissance Man (Hollywood film)

9) "When we are truly ready to receive then what we need will become available."

10) "You should always celebrate disasters, not successes."







Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Chat with God

GOD : Hello. Did you call me?

Me: Called you? No.. who is this?

GOD : This is GOD. I heard your prayers. So I thought I will

Me: I do pray. Just makes me feel good. I am actually busy now. I am
in the midst of something.

GOD : What are you busy at? Ants are busy too.

Me: Don't know. But I cant find free time. Life has become hectic.It's
rush hour all the time.

GOD : Sure. Activity gets you busy. But productivity gets
you results. Activity consumes time. Productivity frees it.

Me: I understand. But I still cant figure out. By the way, I was not
expecting YOU to buzz me on instant messaging chat.

GOD : Well I wanted to resolve your fight for time, by giving
you some clarity. In this net era, I wanted to reach you through the
medium you are comfortable with.

Me: Tell me, why has life become complicated now?

GOD : Stop analyzing life. Just live it.. Analysis is what
makes it complicated.

Me: why are we then constantly unhappy?

GOD : Your today is the tomorrow that you worried about
yesterday. You are worrying because you are analyzing. Worrying has
become your habit. That's why you are not happy.

Me: But how can we not worry when there is so much uncertainty?

GOD : Uncertainty is inevitable, but worrying is optional.

Me: But then, there is so much pain due to uncertainty. .

GOD : Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.

Me: If suffering is optional, why do good people always suffer?

GOD : Diamond cannot be polished without friction. Gold
cannot be purified without fire. Good people go through trials, but
don't suffer. With that experience their life become better not

Me: You mean to say such experience is useful?

GOD : Yes. In every terms, Experience is a hard teacher..
She gives the test first and the lessons afterwards.

Me: But still, why should we go through such tests? Why can't we be
free from problems?

GOD : Problems are Purposeful Roadblocks Offering
Beneficial Lessons (to) Enhance Mental Strength. Inner strength comes
from struggle and endurance, not when you are free from problems.

Me: Frankly in the midst of so many problems, we don't know where we
are heading...

GOD : If you look outside you will not know where you are
heading. Look inside. Looking outside, you dream. Looking inside, you
awaken. Eyes provide sight. Heart provides insight.

Me: Sometimes not succeeding fast seems to hurt more than moving in
the right direction. What should I do?

GOD : Success is a measure as decided by others.
Satisfaction is a measure as decided by you. Knowing the road ahead
is more satisfying than knowing you rode ahead. You work with the
compass. Let others work with the clock.

Me: In tough times, how do you stay motivated?

GOD : Always look at how far you have come rather than
how far you have to go. Always count your blessing, not what you are missing.

Me: What surprises you about people?

GOD : when they suffer they ask, "why me?" When they
prosper, they never ask "Why me" Everyone wishes to have truth on
their side, but few want to be on the side of the truth.

Me: Sometimes I ask, who am I, why am I here. I cant get the answer.

GOD : Seek not to find who you are, but to determine who
you want to be. Stop looking for a purpose as to why you are here.
Create it. Life is not a process of discovery but a process of

Me: How can I get the best out of life?

GOD : Face your past without regret. Handle your present
with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear.

Me: One last question. Sometimes I feel my prayers are not answered.

GOD : There are no unanswered prayers. At times the answer is NO.

Me: Thank you for this wonderful chat. I am so happy to start the New
Year with a new sense of inspiration.

GOD : Well. Keep the faith and drop the fear. Don't believe
your doubts and doubt your beliefs. Life is a mystery to solve not a
problem to resolve. Trust me. Life is wonderful if you know how to
live .

Friday, 22 August 2008

The Law of the Garbage Truck

How often do you let other people's nonsense change your mood?

Do you let a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive employee ruin your day? However, the mark of a successful person is how quickly one can get back their focus on what's important. David J. Pollay explains his story in this way….

Sixteen years ago I learned this lesson. I learned it in the back of a New York City taxi cab. Here's what happened. I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for Grand Central Station. We were driving in the right lane when, all of a sudden, a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded, and missed the other car's back end by just inches!

The driver of the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident, whipped his head around and he started yelling bad words at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean…he was friendly. So, I said, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!'

And this is when my taxi driver told me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.'

'Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it. And if you let them, they'll dump it on you. When someone wants to dump on you, don't take it personally.. You just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. You'll be happy you did.'

I started thinking, how often do I let Garbage Trucks run right over me? And how often do I take their garbage and spread it to other people: at work, at home, on the streets? It was that day I said, 'I'm not going to do it anymore.'

Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. Love the people who treat you right. Forget about the ones who don't. Believe that everything happens for a reason. Never let the garbage truck run over you….

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Good Quotes - 2

1) "Smile when you talk to someone on the phone. Your smile can be heard."

2) "There are four things YOU can do with a mistake: Recognize it, Admit it, Learn from it, and Change it !!!"

3) "Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

4) "Don't be serious, be sincere."

5) "Desperate time calls for desperate measure / decision."

6) "A day without laughter is a day wasted."

7) "Promise are mean to be broken."

8) "I am tired of being scared."

9) "Son : Dad why you drive so slow.
Dad : I drive so slow because you are in car with me."

10) "It's always better to have a small percentage of a big success, than a hundred percent of nothing. - By Art Linkletter"

11) "A man who fears nothing, love nothing. If you love nothing, then whats the joy in life !!! - from film -> First Knight"

12) "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently." ~ Warren Buffett

13) "Experience is what you get
when you didn't get what you wanted." ~ Randy Pausch ("The Last Lecture")

14) "Brick walls are there for a reason:
they let us prove how badly we want things." ~ Randy Pausch ("The Last Lecture")

15) "Brick walls let us show our dedication." ~ Randy Pausch ("The Last Lecture")

Monday, 30 June 2008

My review comments -> Ritesh Sharma & Neeraj Pahlajani - Joker in the Pack

Once again after “Five Point Someone”, a really nice stuff that I enjoyed reading. Again as written by an Indian writer, it is very much comprehensible and especially when used the Jargons in Hindi or some sentences in Hindi .
        The funny thing or the irony part is that, I will feel little embarrassed to refer it to my female friend or relatives due to the excessive usage of Hindi abusive language. But in real and practical life people often use such slang languages.
        What I really like about this book is how the “Janta or Fighter” class people strive for success in life. It is a sort of motivational book for me that I like to keep with me for whole life or until I achieved the same kind of success after prolonged struggle.
        Here the book depicts very clearly, how the personality of a person changed while achieving his/her desired goal in life. The switch from college loafer to MNC’s manager is great, but to achieve this its requires lots of hard work, will power, and people support (in form of family, friend, mentor or stranger).
        At the end, this book is doing a great genuine help by supporting the “Manjunath Shanmugan Trust”.

Few lines that I really liked are :
a) Page 168 (2nd last paragraph): … I felt sorry for her, and I wondered again at the price we paid in search of glory.
b) Page 174 (2nd paragraph): “Waqt se pehle, aur kismet se zyada, na kisi ko kuch mila hai, aur na kuch milega.” (Nobody gets anything more than what’s in their fate, or before it’s their time.)
c) Page 188 (last paragraph): … the single biggest factor contributing to our success was ‘being at the right place at the right time’.
d) Page 195 (1rst paragraph): … I looked back and realized that while I had been a successful middle-class dream I had lost Anoushka, the person for whom I had embarked upon the journey to realize the dream.

My review comments -> Chetan Bhagat – The 3 Mistakes of My Life

The novel is short and sweet. As it is written by an Indian author, and as I am an Indian, the language is more comprehensible or easily understandable.
        But if we go by content wise, it does not contain any surprise for me. I already expected that writer is going to tell about earthquake (natural calamity) and riots (man-made calamity), because these two events were one of the few events due to which Gujarat came into news and it effected human life in large scale.
        The most indigestible part of novel is, when those 3 friends win over angry mob of more than 40 persons.
        At last, it is good novel that let you pass the time without any headache or remorse.

My review comments -> Paulo Coelho – The Witch Of Portobello

Few good lines, that I really liked are:
a) Page 18 -> "The best way to know who we are is often to find out how others see us."
b) Page 78 -> "God hid the most important things from the wise because they can not understand what is simple."
c) Page 93 -> "What is a teacher? It isn't someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows."
d) Page 105 -> "Music only exists because the pauses exists, and sentences only exists because the blank spaces exists."
e) Page 115 -> "Your wounds will help you."
f) Page 131 -> "When I die, bury me standing, because I've spent all my life on my knees !"

I really like the way, the writer tell the story or biography of the character. It is one of the best way to narrate about someone. "The best way to know who we are is often to find out how others see us."

Thursday, 8 May 2008

Good Quotes

1) "People who say it can't be done, should not interrupt those who are doing it."

2) "Success comes easily to those who don't care for success."

3) "You will have no fear, when there is nothing to loose.
When there is nothing to loose, its mean you love nothing."

4) "Happiness is inversely proportional to Expectation."

"When expectation is high, happiness will be low.
When expectation is low, happiness will be high."

5) "I know I am here to do good to others, and what others are here for, I don't care."

6) "You can't win a person, who let's you win."

7) "To break the rules, you should know the rules."

8) "Love a person, more than yesterday but less than tomorrow."

9) "मन का हो तो अच्छा , मन का न हो तो और भी अच्छा , क्यों कि वोह ऊपर वाले ( भगवान ) के मन का होता है |"

10) "यार तेरी यारी हम इस हद तक निबायेंगे , कि यार का दिया जलाने के लिए खुद ही जल जायेंगे |"

11) "When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice."

12) "दर्द जब हद से गुजर जाता है, तो दवा बन जाता है |"

13) "The only thing require for triumph of evil is for good man to do nothing."

14) "It is so simple to be happy. But it is so difficult to be simple."

15) "Every saint had a past ... and Every sinner has a future ..."

Monday, 21 April 2008

Novels that I have read

  1. Richard Bach - Jonathan Livingston Seagull
  2. Robin Sharma – The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
  3. Abdul Kalam – Wings Of Fire
  4. Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen - Chicken Soup For The Soul
  5. Sidney Sheldon – The Other Side Of Me
  6. Sidney Sheldon – Rage Of Angels
  7. Sidney Sheldon – The Best Laid Plan
  8. Sidney Sheldon – The Naked Face
  9. Sidney Sheldon – Are You Afraid Of Dark
  10. Sidney Sheldon – The Other Side Of Midnight
  11. Sidney Sheldon – Master of the Game
  12. Dan Brown – The Da Vinci Code
  13. Dan Brown – Angels And Demons
  14. Dan Brown – Digital Fortress
  15. Paulo Coelho – Veronika Decides To Die
  16. Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist
  17. Paulo Coelho – The Zahir
  18. Paulo Coelho – The Devil And Miss Pyrm
  19. Paulo Coelho – The Witch Of Portobello
  20. Jeffrey Archer – False Impression
  21. Jeffrey Archer – Fourth Estate
  22. Jeffrey Archer – Kane and Abel
  23. Jeffrey Archer – The Prodigal Daughter
  24. Jeffrey Archer – First Among Equals
  25. Jeffrey Archer – Paths of Glory
  26. Chetan Bhagat – Five Point someone
  27. Chetan Bhagat – One Night At Call Center
  28. Chetan Bhagat – The 3 Mistakes of My Life
  29. Chetan Bhagat – 2 States
  30. Chetan Bhagat - Revolution 2020
  31. Nancy Drew – The Email Mystery
  32. Nancy Drew – The Girl Who Couldn’t Remember
  33. Nancy Drew – The Case Of Rising Star
  34. Michael Chrichton – State Of Fear
  35. Michael Chrichton – Prey
  36. Hammond Innes – Air Bridge
  37. Hammond Innes – The Strange Land
  38. Hammond Innes – Campbell’s Kingdom
  39. Hammond Innes – The White South
  40. Robert Ludlum – The Ambler Warning
  41. Robert Ludlum – The Moscow Vector
  42. Mario Puzo – The Godfather
  43. Mario Puzo – The Last Don
  44. Stieg Larrson  –  The Girl who Played with Fire
  45. Stieg Larrson –  The Girl who Kicked the Hornets' Nest
  46. Stieg Larrson –  The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
  47. John Grisham – The Associate
  48. John Grisham – The Confession
  49. Michael Connelly – Crime Beat
  50. Michael Connelly  –  The Brass Verdict
  51. Ravi Subramanian  –  If God was a Banker
  52. Ravi Subramanian  –  Devil In Pinstripes
  53. Ravi Subramanian  –  The Incredible Banker
  54. Ravi Subramanian  –  Bankster
  55. Ravi Subramanian  –  Bankerupt
  56. Tamal Bandyopadhyay  –  A Bank for the Buck-The Story of HDFC Bank
  57. Lee Child  –  The Affair
  58. Lee Child  –  One Shot
  59. Lee Child  –  A Wanted Man
  60. Nora Roberts  –  Rising Tides
  61. Nora Roberts  –  Homeport
  62. Tom Clancy  –  Patriot Games
  63. Ritesh Sharma & Neeraj Pahlajani  –  Joker in the Pack
  64. Protima / Pooja Bedi - Timepass : the memoirs of Protima Bedi
  65. Kunal Basu - The Japanese Wife
  66. Robert Kiyosaki's and Sharon Lechter - Rich Dad Poor Dad
  67. Spencer Johnson - Who Moved My Cheese
  68. John Gray - Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
  69. Sudha Murthy – Wise and Otherwise, A Salute to Life
  70. Nirupama Subramanian - Keep The Change
  71. Gregory David Roberts – Shantaram
  72. Neeraj Chhibba – Zero Percentile
  73. Ayn Rand – The Fountainhead
  74. Sujata Parashar – In Pursuit of Infidelity
  75. Sarah Macdonald – Holy Cow, An Indian Adventure
  76. Lance Armstrong & Sally Jenkins – It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life
  77. Khaled Hosseini – The Kite Runner
  78. Frederick Forsyth – Icon
  79. Tim Bouquet & Byron Ousey - Cold Steel: Laksmi Mittal and the multi-billion dollar battle for a global empire
  80. Max Arthur – Lost Voices of the Royal Navy: Vivid Eyewitness Accounts of Life in the Royal Navy from 1914-1945
  81. Jim Collins - How The Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In
  82. Michael White – Beautiful Assassin
  83. Komal Mehta - Nick of Time
  84. Christopher Reich - The Patriot's Club
  85. Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer - No Easy Day-The Only First Hand Account of the Navy Seal Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden
  86. Matthew Reilly - The Five Greatest Warriors
  87. Jim Stovall - The Ultimate Gift
  88. James Patterson – The Beach House
  89. Harlan Coben – Tell No One
  90. Matthew Reilly - The Five Greatest Warriors
  91. James Patterson – The Beach House
  92. Harlan Coben – Tell No One

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

A nice motivational speech of Steve Jobs

Check out this link for whole video ...

This is the text of the Commencement address given by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, delivered on June 12, 2005.

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I've ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That's it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: "We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?" They said: "Of course." My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.

And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents' savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn't see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn't interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.

It wasn't all romantic. I didn't have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends' rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:

Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn't have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can't capture, and I found it fascinating.

None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, its likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.

Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

My second story is about love and loss.

I was lucky - I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation - the Macintosh - a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.

I really didn't know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down - that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me - I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.

I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple's current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.

I'm pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn't been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle.

My third story is about death.

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 then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn't even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor's code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you'd have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I'm fine now.

This was the closest I've been to facing death, and I hope its the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960's, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.