"Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish"- Steve Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011)
These four words are possibly the most shared words in cyberspace this week. Trending on Twitter, popping up on everyone’s Facebook news feeds, and in the news everywhere. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen Steve Jobs` Stanford commencement speech (see below). Certainly more times than I can count. Though maybe I would be able to, had I gone to Stanford… The first time I saw the speech, I was completely blown away. And those words… Stay hungry, stay foolish, have stuck with me ever since. I have tried to apply these to many different aspects of my life; on the ski hill, summiting a peak, just hanging out with friends, or at work. I seem to have lucked out by getting to work for a company that aligns with these values well. Although maybe sometimes more on the side of foolish than hungry (our chefs keep us pretty well fed), it seems as though we are all hungry for something. Just yesterday, I looked out my office window to see several members from our IS department doing what I could only imagine was a snow dance (though maybe they were just stretching for their bike ride). But sure enough, this morning we were greeted by freshly snow-capped peaks.
This time of year, it is easy to see what we are all hungry for- a great ski season filled with amazing turns, great runs, and epic pow days. And foolish, well that comes standard with CMH and what we do, just take a look at the picture of the Yeti skiing at The Monashees last winter! Heli-skiing… To anyone who doesn’t understand, it may seem foolish. But for those of us who get it, it’s not foolish… It’s a way of life. As the helicopter dives back down into the valley to pick up the next group, and all goes silent but the sound of boots clicking in to bindings, you are quickly reminded of what you were hungry for in the first place.
Though we never had a chance to host Steve Jobs here at CMH, he has had an impact on a large majority of us, and will be greatly missed. Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.