In 1984, Kim and I were very hungry and very foolish.
And Steve Jobs is correct. Being hungry and foolish has been a good thing. If we had not taken our leap of faith into the unknown, we would never have become friends with John Denver, spent an hour with Oprah Winfrey on her television show, co-authored books with Donald Trump, gotten to know Steve Forbes, been granted audiences with world leaders like Shimon Peres, President of Israel, and, most importantly, traveled the world to meet millions of great people like you.
It’s been great being hungry and foolish and I have no plans to change the way I operate.
There are a number of questions I would like you to ask yourself:
1. If I connect the dots of my past, where is my future going?
2. When I was a kid, what questions did I want answered?
3. What do I see that needs to be done—and that no one else is doing?
This is a very important question. Because if you do what needs to be done, without being told how to do it, your true genius will emerge.
4. What cause am I willing to be hungry and foolish for?
5. How much good is my work doing for the world?
That question pushed me over the edge. When I stepped back and looked at my rock-and-roll business, the answer to that question was, “Not much.” I was working hard, making money, but not doing much for the world.