When being foolish is the smartest thing you can do

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We should be foolish more often. For the foolish are the ones who do something new, innovate, change the world. 

It’s true; they do look stupid in the process. People laugh at them, criticize and mock them. “Look at so and so, doing that thing,” the critics will say, “I thought she was smart.”  

But it’s rarely the ones who want to look smart who do something new. It’s the inexperienced. It’s those who are willing to throw themselves in uncharted waters, explore unworn paths, look like a fool.

The ones who make a significant mark on the world didn’t know what they were doing when they were creating the thing that would leave their mark. 

They just did, tried, experimented. They made things up as they went along. 

You need to be foolish enough to fail, quit a good job, look stupid, try something you’ve never done, go somewhere you’ve never been to reach your potential. 

And you have the power to do it. It’s not about intelligence, expertise, or even education. 

It’s about trying, doing. 

In the midst of that, you will learn and grow. 

And it won’t happen in a flash. It’s progressive. 

It starts with small steps, day by day, moment by moment, failure by failure; and something new will emerge.

It will be the thing you create, but you also won’t be the same. You will change.

And the fool will become a genius, the quitter a hero, the failure a success. 

Foolish can be the smartest thing you can be. 

Stay hungry. Stay foolish

Steve Jobs

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