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Staying hungry is key to long term success

Staying hungry is key to long term success

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By Aya Fubara Eneli, M.A., J.D. 

 In 2005, Apple Founder, Steve Jobs gave a commencement speech at Stanford University in which he advised the graduates to “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.”  His sentiments are definitely illustrated in the movie The Pursuit of Happiness starring Will Smith.

Chris Gardner, on whom the movie is based, was a struggling salesman whose life was crumbling around him. He was broke. His wife left him and their 5 year old son, and he was homeless. In the midst of this chaos, he summoned the courage and tenacity to land and complete an unpaid internship as a stockbroker with Dean Witter. Throughout his 6-month internship he juggles single parenthood with homelessness and never once reveals his misfortune to his co-workers. He becomes very resourceful in maximizing his time and talents and ultimately is the only intern in his group offered a position with the company. Chris Gardner went on to form his own brokerage firm and is a multi-millionaire providing jobs for many today.

One of the main reasons most of us have not and may never fulfill our dreams is because we are simply not hungry enough. We are too comfortable in our mediocrity. We have become too well-versed in all the excuses why our dreams are impractical, impossible, and unattainable.

Chris Gardner had hit rock bottom. Every day was a struggle to put food in his child’s stomach. He could not afford to let his opportunity slip through his fingers while he waxed eloquent about the unfairness of his situation. He had to work. He had to make his life work. He saw no other options – not a minimum paying job, not welfare, not handouts. And so spurred on by the hunger in his son’s eyes and his own belly, he defied the odds and earned his way to the top.

Looking at nature, it occurs to me that the animals have always known this rule – Stay Hungry. When was the last time you saw an overweight animal in the wild? Animals who are predators know that if they get out of shape they will surely die as they will no longer be able to pursue and catch their prey. Animals who are usually preyed on also know it is suicide to get lazy because they will most certainly be caught and devoured.
How about you? How hungry are you? What are you doing to make sure that the little or even big successes you achieve don’t satiate and weaken you at the same time? Here are some keys to stay hungry:

  • Dream a Dream Larger than Yourself. So long as you are merely focused on your own needs and wants, you will never experience that hunger that transforms mere mortals to extraordinary humans the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Oprah to name but a few.
  • Get Around Like-Minded Individuals. There is a reason people form mastermind groups and create influential networks. It is because any successful person worth their salt knows that iron sharpens iron. Who is sharpening you? Who are you sharpening?
  • Take Stock of Your Outcomes. Whose life are you impacting and how? How do you know what is working and what isn’t? How do you know you are on the right track to not just be a consumer, but a producer? You must know what you are getting and make the necessary adjustments if you don’t like your results.
  • Determine to Do Whatever it Takes for However Long it Takes. In other words, stop the cycle of starting and stopping and starting again. Eliminate the option of quitting entirely from your book. You may need to change tactics, regroup, re-engineer, but never stop pressing towards the mark.
  • Enjoy the Journey and Recognize the Transformation Occurring within You as You Create Your Dream. Part of the gift you leave the world are the lessons people learn from the very example of your life. You can’t be the same person you were earning $50,000 and supervising 2 people, as the person you will have to become to earn $12 million and supervise thousands. Embrace your transformation and respect the discipline and process it takes to evolve to a higher you.
  • Get a coach. Like Andy Stanley stated, “You will never maximize your potential in any area without COACHING. It is impossible. You may be good. You may even be better than everyone else. But without outside input you will never be as good as you could be. A good coach will evaluate your performance against your potential. A coach helps you measure your performance against your strengths instead of against someone else’s.”

Success leaves clues. Get diligent about applying what you already know. Get hungry. Stay hungry. Let that hunger motivate you when you are tempted to settle. Stay Hungry.

Aya Fubara Eneli is a best-selling author, Christian Life Coach, Inspirational Speaker and Attorney. Her life’s purpose is to empower and equip people to live up to their highest potential. She welcomes your questions and comments. For more information, visit, follow her on twitter @ayaeneli or e-mail her at


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