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Ever felt stuck in start-up mode, subscribed to one too many email lists and feeling like your business is slowly going nowhere? I recently had a chat with Performance and Mindset Coach, Heather Gray from Choosetohaveitall.com who shared some powerful secrets to help you to finally move beyond start-up mode and towards a credible and profitable business that you can be proud of.

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Joel: Well thank you for tuning into another episode of Mindset2Millions.com and I have a very special guest on the line today. It is Heather Gray. Heather Gray is a Performance and Mindset Coach for business owners, leaders and entrepreneurs at Choosetohaveitall.com. Oh I love that name!

Heather helps her clients move past sharing pithy motivational quotes as a mindset strategy. Oh haven’t we all been guilty of that. She teaches her clients how to put those concepts into action into their own lives. That’s really powerful. Well, thank you, Heather, for joining us.

I just think we’re going to have such a great discussion around this cause because you know we’re often getting stuck with sharing those motivational quotes but struggling to actually ….as you put it, take action and put it into practice.

Heather: Yes absolutely. So much for having me on the show. I’m really excited because I think that part of mindset is moving past the inspiring and motivating and moving towards inspired action and I am really looking forward to talking to you today and helping your audience get there themselves.

Joel: Yeah, that’s awesome. The funny thing is when we’re talking about this I remember seeing one quote that was shared on Facebook at one point but it was it was kind of like the skeleton with fairy wings on saying you know you kind of have to look after yourself first before you go inspiring other people.

Heather: Exactly!

The idea that we have to work ourselves to the bone for our dream and our entrepreneurial pursuits is another myth that really needs to get busted. I think that’s the message that gets sent, that the real entrepreneurs are the ones who were grinding and hustling it out and those are two overused words in this space. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Joel: I like that! So, what you’re saying is that essentially too much hustle can be a bad thing.

Heather: Yes. I think that people don’t like that word is so overused.

You know it’s the thing that entrepreneurs like to wrap themselves up in, it is like the security blanket that they used to feel better about themselves but hustle without intent or direction or specific destination you just end up spinning in circles. It’s good to be a weekend warrior and be working extra hours in the evening when you’re in your 9-to-5 and then going home and working a couple of hours on your side business and your future second business. But if you don’t do it intentionally and with purpose and direction you just end up doing a bunch of things that you nowhere you just feel busy and busy feels like hustle but it’s not getting you anywhere.

Joel: And that’s so true, you know getting stuck in that kind of loop without purpose.

I think we can certainly relate to that. Before we press on I’d love to know a little bit about your background?

Heather: Sure absolutely. Well ‘Choose To Have It All‘ is actually my second business. At the start of my career, I was a clinical social worker and I started in the corporate world running and managing programs for adolescents and families. And then when I decided I wanted something else I moved into a mental health private therapy practice and I ran a successful brick and mortar for about 10 years and in about 2015 or so I just started to feel like my message and what I had to say was meant for a larger audience. That I was better and bigger than small town USA. And I needed to figure out a way to reach more people and I wasn’t going to do that in the brick and mortar space. So I moved to the online space where I started working around mindset issues and performance issues with online business owners and leaders. It just was a natural fit because mindset is the psychology of success. And I spent like you know 15 – 20 years working in the psychology field so it was an easy leap for me. And now I use the clinical skills I gathered early in my career so it really set business owners, leaders and entrepreneurs up for success in whatever business venture they’re encountering.

It’s just lit me up and has made me incredibly happy. Like you said the business is called ‘Choose To Have It All‘. And the reason why I named it that is because like in my bones that my belief is we all can have the lives in the businesses we want but we have to make the choice to do so.

Joel: That’s really powerful, essentially what that comes down to is having or making a choice as well.

Heather: Yes absolutely. It’s this idea of ‘do you have a goal or do you have a plan?’. And I think a lot of times people talk about goals in dreams. They use it interchangeably. But once you decide something is happening and you’re in your 9-5 and you’re not happy and it’s not working for you. It’s not fulfilling you, it’s not taking care of you. It is time to break it down into steps of what do you want to do instead and what are you willing to do to get there. Because it’s not just going to be handed to you. It’s handed you very few lucky individuals but everybody else has to do it with planned-ful, mindful intent.

Joel: I really like that. What I’d like to do is paint a little bit of a picture here. So let’s think about the entrepreneur and the corporate as well – so we’re trying to get out of start-up mode and maybe we’ve taken on a business or a side business or maybe we’ve had a plan and it’s not quite in alignment with us yet because clearly, we’re not able to make the transition. And what I’d like to call it getting stuck in startup mode. I’d love your viewpoint on how to get out of this?

Heather: So I think the first step is when people have started a side hustle and it’s not lining up and the pieces aren’t lining up as they expected. My first question often is, do you know what it is you’re offering? Do you know how you serve and the transformation you’re providing to people through your service or product?

Usually, when businesses aren’t taking off it’s because there are those three things simply aren’t aligned.

And people are doing what they think they should but not what they want to. So they’re not following through with their whole heart their whole beings because they don’t all buy into the plan. They’re trying to follow the model that was laid out by somebody else. That model might not work out for them.

Joel: So essentially the question is, is it your dream or somebody else’s’ dream.

Heather: What happens as soon as somebody decides they don’t want to live in their 9-5 anymore or that they have this idea for a product or service that they really think thinking transforms lives they get really excited about that and it moves them and they get all this positive energy about it and they build themselves up. That is like the honeymoon period. But at some point in time, the honeymoon period ends because you have to start taking action steps. And when people don’t know what the specific action steps they should be taking are they kind of go to the masters, they listen to podcasts like yours or like mine. They listened to other entrepreneurs in the space. They read all the blogs. They pick up every freebie PDF that anybody’s offering to build their list. And they get lost in the weeds of what everyone else is telling them to do versus ‘If am a business owner of this business, what does the business owner need to do right now?’ and identifying themselves as the owner of this business is choosing accordingly – is the biggest way that I help within my job. It’s recognizing that whoever you are personally is going to inform how you run your business but you need to start thinking of yourself as a business owner and make decisions as a business owner would.

Joel: Powerful. I think the key thing from that what you just shared is this idea of not getting stuck in the detail and sometimes the detail that just isn’t necessary. And I love that you just mentioned before around this idea of jumping from one list to another and trying to kind of learn as much as much as you can.

But you know when you’re doing that you don’t necessarily have the right business hat on. Is essentially what you’re saying.

Heather: Yeah.

I think I think too, that the other piece is focusing on just learning the next thing. And so many people fail to launch and fail to thrive in their launches because they try to do all of the things before they pressed to go button and they want the shiny web site … doing the work and then see where the missing holes are for that particular business.

Not every business is going to need a thousand people on an email list before it can go anywhere. Not every business is going to need a suite of social media sites and representation in order to connect successfully with an audience. But so many people get lost in those details. Those aren’t the sexy sassy details that make people motivated to keep working. So then we abandon the idea rather than if they have this idea to coach somebody to a certain transformation, just find that person and start coaching them and seeing the transformation they offer and then they will be motivated to keep going and realize what they need to do next to make the business, a viable idea.

Joel: So essentially it’s like start small, take small action. Rather than waiting to get everything perfect.

That is kind of what you’re saying?

Heather: it’s exactly that. It’s taking each step as it comes and only dealing with what’s in front of you at the moment. So there’s an online business influencer, Marie Forleo and she has this phrase out there that everything ‘figure-out-able’. What I always say is everything’s ‘Google-able’ so if I don’t know the answer, someone else’s already asked the question. So look it up but just that specific question, not the whole darn book. You don’t need everything to get going. If you’re looking how to start up a YouTube channel you don’t need a 27-page ebook you just need to watch a couple of YouTube videos on how to set up a YouTube channel. But so many people want the best option so they read like 10 books on how to set up a YouTube channel and they read all the details and they never press play or record. They just get lost in the keywords and analytics or you know the fancy border or the text or how it looks on mobile and they never press play. That that’s what undermines people because that is just the minutia that makes people feel ineffective like they can’t do it because they’re working on their business but they’re not really working in their business. They’re not actually doing the service or creating a product that they’re envisioning themselves.

Joel: So true. So (much of) what you’re saying here, I can relate to…

I’m going ‘yes I’ve done that in the past!’. ‘I’m so guilty of that’. I think it’s because we all have this challenge.

I’m glad you mentioned Marie’ Forleo because you know she’s provided wonderful stuff but something that I can reflect on there is that you know her website looks amazing, her videos look amazing. But if we put Marie on a pedestal and go, ‘well, I can’t launch my business until my videos look as amazing as hers’ and I think the point that you’re making there is just so poignant that essentially we are not looking at when Marie started, we are seeing where she is today.

So I think, that in itself is such a good point that you’re making that that, let’s be OK with where we are today.

Heather: We can’t compare our first year in business to someone’s 10th year in business. But we do that all the time.

We think that we can’t launch until we look like that final answer rather than having it be messy and perfectly imperfect but authentic and genuine to who we are and where we are in the world. And again it’s this idea that like when you set plans and goals and you say someday I’m going to have that shiny website.

Someday I’m going to have this automated response so people hear from me as soon as they send me an email with an automated message. You’re never doing the thing that you want and that when that process gets slowed, and it gets slowed repeatedly you lose your passion for it and you lose your creativity and staying in the 9-5 seems like the easier simpler answer because you don’t have to work that hard for it. It becomes the devil you know and you never move to the next step. People who want to move out of that like serial startup mode like you were talking about, they need to decide what the next step is and just focus on that. There’s a book and you might know the author is, it’s called ‘The one thing’ (note: by Gary Keller) and all it talks about is just figure out what you need to know next and then answer all the questions when you get to that next step. You don’t learn all the answers now, it’s your wasting time.

Joel: And essentially you’re going to put your mind into overwhelm, right?

Heather: yes.

Every single time and all that does when you put your mind into overload is you get distracted and you get discouraged and you get beat down and the list of things you find out you know get longer and then you feel like you know less and less rather than at some point in time…it started with a passion, it started with an idea. You developed enough for it to feel real to you. Go off and do it, and do the thing and then you can go back and fill in the steps and get the nice website designed and make all your social media images and branding consistent with each other.

But at some point just pressing play showing up and the second piece to it is offering it as a paid product or service. So often the thing that stops people from ever launching their business and staying in that monotonous startup mode is that they never sell, because they think they haven’t earned the right to. Their product isn’t shiny and new. It doesn’t look like Marie Forleo’s fifteen year in business. So they’re just going to offer their stuff for free and then they never become business owners because they don’t see that their business is making money.

Joel: So essentially we’re not putting a value on our service or product or service.

Heather: Absolutely, one of the biggest lessons I really needed to learn when I built my second business as an online business, is I had to stop comparing myself and thinking of myself in the online space as a newbie and I think that’s a mistake. My guess is that a lot of your audience makes this (mistake) because they’ve never really thought of themselves as business owners or online business owners or people who are doing it online. I know some people in your audience I’m sure are just going to work locally or in brick-and-mortars and because being a business owner it is new, they put themselves in the ‘newbie’ category and I did that too, and when I did that I erased 10 years of experience as a business owner and I erased 20 years of experience in a clinical setting. So it was as if I was telling myself and telling the world that I was just starting out when in reality most of your audience is going to have been in the working field for at least five years. They’re going to have accumulated a skill set through work experience or prior education and they’re going to have experience and a skill set that can be valuable to other people. But when they look at their dream and they think I’m just starting out because the dream is new. They erase everything they’re bringing to the table and that’s how imposter syndrome finds a seat next to them. They feel like they don’t belong.

And then they can’t fit in because they’ve created this whole persona that they’re new when the only thing they’re new to this particular business. Not the skill set or the product that they’re offering.

Joel: That is a huge distinction right there.

I think that is so important and valuable because simply you know this idea of having the new label I think it can be really destructive especially if you feel like you’re stuck. Maybe that’s the reason you get stuck because it’s like what has to change or what has to shift for you to remove that new label.

Heather: Yes. Every single time. And I think that you know part of it and the undercurrent here in this discussion is so much of this is puffing ourselves up to have the perfect website, to have the perfect automated funnel to do all of those things is to avoid failure and rejection. We feel like if we set ourselves up for success by looking shiny and new, people will have more respect for us. The other piece of that is when we play small and we identify as a newbie, then we’re avoiding the expectation that comes with not being new we can just write up any mistake we make as ‘well you know all week three months into this’ rather than ‘I have a skill set, I have something to offer’. ‘I have an ability to transform the lives of others through my product or service’. And yes because the business ownership is new I may wobble a bit but I’m confident and capable and competent.

I look at some of that stuff that people claim and the stories they tell of themselves as like this armour that’s protecting them from their perceived failure or rejection rather than recognizing that if you’re choosing an entrepreneurship path if you are choosing a non-traditional path, you are choosing at some point to fail. That’s non-negotiable. So the more you try to avoid it the more you’re slowing down your progress, when you just have to fail and learn the lesson you’re supposed to learn and get on with it.

Joel: I love that – face it, embrace it, and go on the journey.

Heather: Yes and it puts you in control of it and then you’re not a victim to it. It’s not ‘failure is something that happened to me’. It’s ‘failure is something that is a part of what I’m choosing’. You know it’s interesting for me, I’m a huge American football fan. It’s borderline obsessive, to be honest, everyone starts talking about player injuries when they injure their ACL. I’ll hear commentary like ‘look at the great front they’re putting on, look at how they like they just fell and they had a season-ending injury’. ‘But, wow look at that them, they’re coming back in the following fall and they’re ready to go at it again’.

That’s because those players know that injury comes with the territory. So they’re not afraid of it. They are hoping it doesn’t happen and they want to be able to play a full season but they know that when they’re choosing a career path that involves charging their bodies into 300 pound linebackers sometimes your knees are going one way and your ankle will go the other and that’s just the natural consequence of that choice. And the more we can do as business owners we’re empowering ourselves if we’re putting ourselves in the driver’s seat of our own lives.

Joel: Extremely powerful. I love that analogy too it just it just makes so much sense. It’s just like we simply have to step into that identity and embrace it. But that kind of leads into my next question because it’s a little bit around and kind of the theme or flavour of our discussion.

This idea of being in corporate or being in your day job and setting out as an entrepreneur can sometimes have very different identities. How does how does one deal with that and how does one get beyond the idea of maybe the safety of the corporate identity to truly embrace entrepreneurship.

Heather: I think it starts actually with what I was saying earlier.

So if you were planning on, if for example in your are in the corporate world and you’re in the Financial Planning market and you decide that you want to be a coach or consultant for small business owners to help them plan their financial future so that they can be financially strong and stable. The best way to set yourself up for success is just to go pitch yourself to a small business who you think could how and offer it do it, and say hey this is what I spent 15 years learning and doing it. So you can see yourself capable of it. But the other thing is this idea and have you set a goal or have you made a decision. And if you’ve made a decision to deviate and separate yourself from the corporate life you have to have a work schedule and work hours for that and it can’t just be the mindset of when I have time. When I get a free minute. It has to be…

I’m going to get up at 5:30 in the morning three days a week and I’m going to work on this part of my business. I’m going to give up every other Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and I’m going to work on this part of my business.

And you’re going to schedule it in and treat it as work like you would in your 9-5 because when you see your self-replicating those patterns… When you see yourself taking it seriously your mindset follows. When you don’t make time for it and you say ‘If I happened to get up early I’ll work on it or if I get home early on a random Tuesday I’ll work on it’. It never happens because you’re not taking it seriously but when your behaviour matches your intent to take it as a credible viable option for yourself, you start to move in that direction. And what happens then is you create specific measurable observable proof of what you’re capable of. You can look back and see six weekends of being a weekend warrior you know three Wednesday evenings I’m putting in the time and doing the cold calling or fill in the blank. But when you’ve done it piecemeal, it feels, piecemeal. And then you never take it seriously and you don’t set yourself up for success.

Joel: Can I reflect on that? I think that’s very important and something that you just said before and what really hit home to me is you actually quoted your work pattern so you know from this hour to this hour I’m doing this. And and I think the act of actually going through that process all of a sudden we’re actually acknowledging the work that we’re doing versus as you said piecemeal I think at the end of the week… I’ve done this before I’m guilty and we all are. You say ‘I have absolutely no idea how much time I spent on this task’ and I think that’s how we can end up in the burnout stage because if as you mentioned if we don’t have that plan, that really strong plan in place and we’re not treating it like a real business then I think that’s kind of how we get into that burnout territory. So I think that’s a really interesting insight and reflection that we keep to a schedule but then acknowledge that as well.

Heather: Yes absolutely because when you make a schedule you’re deciding that it’s happening and you take it seriously. In fact, just this morning I was meeting with my realtor as we get ready to move. And she’s like ‘so what’s the move date?’. And I said ‘Oh I don’t know I said we’re moving cross-country so we’re probably just going to empty everything out’. So whenever I’m done emptying everything out is when we’ll get the stagers in here and we’ll get the place ready and set up. She’s like ‘oh no, don’t do it that way!’.

If you don’t give yourself a deadline and somebody invites you to a party you’re going to want to go to the party more than emptying out your house, you’re going to want to choose something else. But if I give you a deadline you’re going to set yourself up to get it done. And I remember thinking to myself ‘Oh right just like I had to do with my business’ because it’s so true, if you put something on the Sunday schedule, it just never happens.

Joel: Do you think it’s important to schedule downtime as well?

Heather: Absolutely. I think that one of the reasons why people want to leave corporate, in addition to being held back from having time and lifestyle freedom is that it fills up so many hours and it just becomes soul-crushing. And I think people tell themselves a story that when you’re running a business you’re just you’re grinding it out you’re hustling it out because it’s your thing you will never get burnt out from it. And that’s simply not true. But what we do now in how we start our business is how we’re going to continue our business. And I learned this lesson in my brick and mortar because I was building my private practice so if I had a client for example who couldn’t make it… I tried to end my day at 6:00 pm and she said that ‘I can’t get here for 5:00 o’clock, I can get here for 5:30 pm I need to fill the time block because you’re trading dollars for hours in that model.

So certainly I was working till 6:30 pm. Even though earlier in the day someone said ‘Oh I have to be at work for a certain time. Can I come in at 8:00 so suddenly I’m saying yes to that person at 8:00 a.m. and say yes to the person we want to 5:30 pm. Suddenly I’ve created an 8:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. day based on the client needs. If we set up our lives based on that, it’s so hard to undo that pattern. Whereas if we recognize for ourself that any credible business has business hours that are not negotiable.

If I need to shop for a birthday gift I can’t go to the local department store and say ‘I know you guys don’t open until 10 am and I got a full day of work or you know I could just grab a quick thing and I’ll be in and out. No big deal’.

And we would never think to do that for a business like a department store. But we ask that of our providers because we’re people and it’s individual and it seems easier to do that than ask a department store. But if we as individual business owners think of ourselves as businesses and set the boundaries, we’re going to know when we’re working and when we’re not. That gives us permission to set up that self-care time. But if we’re just constantly grabbing the dollar, if we’re constantly going for any possible sale, any possible lead, any possible anything, we’re never going to get there not for nothing. You and I are a good example because you’re based in Australia. I’m here in the United States and we wanted to do this interview. And I said listen I had my work day 5 or 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. If you can if that doesn’t work for you I know other people who have different business hours and I can hook you up and you decided for yourself that this conversation was important enough that you got up so you have your boundaries to get up at the crack of dawn.

And I had my boundary of when I was willing to work… I had to learn the hard way because it was some time in my first year in my new business, somebody wanted to do a Facebook Live on a Sunday night at 7:00 pm and I was like ‘oh exposure’. And I’m like ‘What the heck am I doing, it Sunday night at 7 o’clock, That’s my family time!’. Why am I just giving that away? And I think it’s really easy to feel like we need to do that and we start taking care of ourselves. But then it’s really hard to dial that back because we teach people how to treat us.

And as soon as we tell one podcast host that we are available at 7 o’clock why are we not going to do the same thing to the next podcast host that asks us or next client who wants to pay us money? I think when we start building our (business) lives based on abandoning our own – that’s where burn out.

Joel: It’s so true.

And you know one thing that I love is the idea of actually making (your availability clear). When we organize this call you said to me ‘here is my availability online’. ‘Pick a time that works for you’. There wasn’t there wasn’t that negotiation of ‘you know maybe I can do this maybe I can I’m not sure, let me check with the family’.

It was clear, it was simple, here’s my availability, here when I’m not available. And I just think that is to make that distinction is so important.

But it also demonstrates your value in saying ‘I need my downtime as well, I need that time off’. So you know I think that was a great lesson in itself and thank you for sharing that. To know when we need to have that downtime it’s just so important.

Heather: Well the other piece of this too is we can’t be expected to be on all that time and when we don’t know when we’re on and when we’re off, our default becomes on all the time. And the natural consequence that happens with that is we stop being present to the people in our personal lives. There are always the ones that end up paying the price. And our relationships pay the price because when we stay on for our business we’re incapable of also staying in our personal lives. You know again using the real estate example because that’s my mindset in like real time, my mini-mindset lab, is all things real estate. The real estate agent was with us and she was trying to sell us on why she would be the best person. She didn’t let go of her phone the entire time because the real estate agent business is so competitive that she doesn’t answer an e-mail the moment it comes someone else gets the sale and I have a cousin that is a real estate agent and I have never attended a barbecue with her without her phone in her hand because that’s the choice that comes with that business.

So people need to recognize that if you want to decide your life, like what your life by design really looks like. And then you build a business accordingly. Because if your client base gets used to you being available when you’re at a barbecue on a Sunday at 3:00 p.m. then that’s when they’re going to bug you because that’s most convenient for them. Whereas if they know you’re a high demand realtor but you demand family time, they’re going to learn to ask their questions and have their needs during regular business hours. We teach people how to treat us.

Joel: And I think that in a sense, that increases your value because you say there’s that degree of scarcity.

‘I’m available at these times’ so it’s that (thing of) valuing yourself.

Heather: Yes.

And it’s so scary to do that. It’s really scary, when you want the opportunity … and I really wanted it because we’re doing the actionable talk. And you’re not asking me to talk in theory when I have the opportunity to give people specific measurable tasks they can do right after they listen to this show. That’s the stuff that lights me up. So I have to be willing to say no to that. And I even offered to other people to you who be able to fill the show instead if you opted not to work with my schedule, I had to be willing to do that. And that is really hard. And it’s really hard for the newbie who doesn’t believe that another opportunity is going to come their way.

And the way I learn, again, I’m learning the lessons myself that, like I think that’s one of my unique selling positions is I think I’ve been through the ropes myself. I remember a time when I was so desperate for exposure and for people to get my name out that I took a high-class interview with the guy who was a real creep and I felt disrespected in the interview. And the Heather I am today would have told him to stop recording and would have withdrawn all permission to record the episode because he was so rude and insulting to me but because I was worried about what the optics would look like or what the messaging would be, I went along with it. So after that, once your skin feels gross, you’re uncomfortable in your own skin cause you’ve given too much of yourself away. You have to promise yourself never to do that again. And to follow up with action.

Joel: That is so powerful and I can visualize our listeners (identifying with this). And what we’re coming back to here is confidence in self, confidence in self to say I’m valuing myself and valuing my services. So, I think just some really good messages here.

And as you said things that people can take away and start doing now.

Now I’m a little bit conscious of time so what I’d like to do (is ask you) can you think of any resources or books that you’d like to share with anyone listening?

Heather: Sure. The book that changed my life is ‘Daring Greatly’ by Brene Brown and I’m sure that one has gotten mentioned on your show a thousand times already. But the reason why I like it is because if we took fear out of the conversation of entrepreneurship I would be out of business. I wouldn’t have a job. Because it really is the main thing people hire me for, sometimes they need help having the hard conversations. But the road to that is I’m afraid of offending somebody. Sometimes they need help managing or leadership but the fear behind that is that they’re going to alienate their team or they need to up level and they’re afraid they’re going to alienate their audience and Daring Greatly really tackles this idea of a leaning into vulnerability, leaning into connection and be unafraid to truly connect. I’ve built my second business and both of my first business was quite successful.

I’m now on my second and both of them have one thing in common and that is referrals and you want to build that know, like and trust factor and that is way more powerful and person to person than through social media. And I think what happens sometimes is when you get that personal and when you get that intimate, you put yourself out there you’re so afraid of rejection. So you need to learn how to do it and to have buy-in into how important that is. And then the next thing I say with personal development books is the best way to learn personal development is to go out and personally develop yourself. Stop reading the darn books and learn by doing it. Just like you don’t know what your business is going to look like. You don’t know what you’re going to look like. And now that I’m building the second business I’m doing it so differently than the first, my story of who I am and what I am capable of is changing now. I mentioned to you earlier in the interview that I started my second business because I felt like I was living below my potential. I don’t feel that anymore. But one of the things I have learned is my potential is really only limited by how big a willing to dream. And I think I learned that in a book I learned that when I got my first invitation to speak and close out a conference. I learned that when a major coaching group wanted my consultation. I learned about myself by getting into the nitty-gritty and figuring it out.

And when we get stuck in stumble and fall, we’re covered in dirt, then we go looking for a book on one person’s advice on how to get out of it until. But we throw ourselves in the sandbox, we’re playing it safe behind the cover of a book.

Joel: I love that ‘one person’s advice’ because otherwise we’re listening to 20-30 if not more. And our inboxes boxes are out of control with opt-ins.

Heather: Yes, guilty!

Joel: Guilty! I think we’re all guilty of that one! What you just said before though was, the real learning was in essentially in the doing, in the action, and I think that’s really powerful because we can get caught up in just reading and getting the theory behind where it where you want to go but not actually put into practice. So a lovely message there and I think that’s that’s really important. What do what we love to do is if people would like to know more about you and the services you’ve got available. Where can they find you? … We shall we go?

Heather: Yeah sure. So even though we just finished saying ‘pick one person and follow that one person’, if you want to add another person to your docket in addition to Joel, you can find my show ‘Business Mindset Mastery‘ or over on iTunes. The people who have Android phones can find me on the podcast app. And then choosetohaveitall.com but you also find me on Facebook, I have a group there, it’s called ‘Choose To Have It All‘. We can continue the conversation. I’d be happy to talk to anybody about your show. This has been a fantastic conversation.

Joel: Yes I think there have been so many little gems today ‘ah-hah’ moments.

Is there anything you wanted to say? What you’ve just said before about putting theory into practice was I think one of the great lessons. Before we sign off is there any other message you’d like to leave us with?

Heather: Yeah I think the most important message is that once we figure out who we are, how we want to move through the world and how we want to serve, we get crystal clear on that, every decision that comes after that is based on ‘does this choice get me closer to the person I want to be and the life I want to have and the business I want to run or does it will be further away?’

And when you get crystal clear on that it gives you a formation for making decisions and you can get out of fear and doubt and second-guessing. You can stop reading all the books for a second opinion. You can keep your inbox clean of the PDFs because you’re crystal clear on you, and you can go do your business your way on your terms.

Joel: Oh I love that. That is so very important. Heather, it’s been an absolute pleasure having you on the show, I love your energy and thank you for sharing so much wisdom with us.

Heather: Oh you got it, thank you so much!

Joel: So everyone listening, go and check out Heather at ‘choosetohaveitall.com‘ and we’ll speak again soon.

Mentioned resources include:
‘The One Thing’, by Gary Keller
Daring Greatly, by Brene Brown
Business Mindset Mastery (Podcast)

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The quote of the day we use and cherish from admired thinkers sparks inspiration and reflection. Indeed, quotes from influential figures can provide us with our daily motivation and food for thought.

But, a particular quote for the day becomes more meaningful and even forms part of our regular inspo quotes when we are able to connect with the person behind it. Because when we understand their background, it makes their insights resonate more as fuel for our imagination. 

Their words hold even more special power because in them we recognize shared truths. Though extraordinary, these luminaries often lift veils on our common humanity.

Unlocking the Humanity Of Nikola Tesla Through His Inspo Quotes

Let’s unravel the man behind the Inventor, Engineer, Physicist, and Innovator, Nikola Tesla. 

Though considered an all-time great inventor, his core human attributes and traits make him seem approachable, understandable, and alike to the average person. His journey sheds light on timeless human truths.

He wasn’t just an inventor or genius, but rather a complex person with thoughts, dreams, struggles among other things that people can identify with.

Hence, we can actually use his words for our good morning quotes to our workplace motivational quotes.

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Tesla had a fondness for the numbers 3, 6, and 9. So, in honor of the master, let’s explore his:

  • 3 key relatable aspects
  • 6 enduring legacy components, and
  • 9 quotes of the day and encouraging quotes for work.

3 Key Relatable Aspects About Nikola Tesla

1) Humble Beginnings

Tesla was born into an average income, religious family as the bulk of humanity does.

And like countless children through time, Tesla gained his initial worldview through family and scripture. Biblical lessons from his mother, a devout woman managing a rural household, offered the budding inventor his first glimpse of deeper truths uniting life’s mysteries. 

You could imagine young Nikola Tesla reciting inspo quotes from the Bible, as most children from religious folks do.

Nikola Tesla was born on July 10, 1856, in the village of Smiljan, part of the Austrian Empire (modern-day Croatia), into a family of Serbian ethnicity. While his family wasn’t affluent, they weren’t extremely impoverished either. 

Tesla’s father, Milutin Tesla, was a Serbian Orthodox priest, and his mother, Georgina Djuka Tesla, managed the household. The family’s financial situation can be described as modest, and Tesla’s early years were influenced by the rural environment of his upbringing.

As is typical of many thinkers, Tesla also got interested in a broader understanding of existence beyond the immediate realm of religion or science.

2) Overcoming Professional Challenges

Like many of us, Nikola Tesla set goals and persevered to achieve them. Similarly, he encountered opposition, disappointments, and workplace clashes.

Does it make you wonder if Nikola Tesla also had a favorite quote of the day to navigate through a challenging situation? 

After immigrating to America in 1884, 28-year-old Tesla hoped to make his mark alongside one of early electricity’s biggest stars – Thomas Edison. 

He sought to contribute to the field of electrical engineering and pursue his ideas for improving electrical systems. He believed that collaborating with Edison, a prominent figure in the field at that time, would provide him with the opportunity to realize his vision and advance his work in the emerging electrical industry. 

But the two titans clashed over contrasts in style and priorities. Like an incompatible coworker situation familiar to many, Tesla and Edison just couldn’t seem to get along despite their brilliance. And their disagreements led them down different paths.

We all have days where office tensions have us murmuring workplace motivational quotes under our breath! For visionaries like Tesla too, professional breakups can leave you feeling jilted. But, through it all, Tesla persisted in pursuing his own original ideas and inventions.

3) Dealing with Financial Difficulties and Apparent Mental Health Issues 

Nikola Tesla was a genius, but like the rest of humanity, he wasn’t spared from challenges as the trials and tribulations he faced were also commensurate with his extraordinary abilities. 

Financial Difficulties

Despite pioneering electrical engineering innovations, Tesla sometimes struggled to fund his boundary-pushing projects. At times he lacked the business savvy expected from such a prolific inventor. Securing investors willing to back his futuristic visions often proved an uphill battle.

One notable instance was Tesla’s collaboration with George Westinghouse, a rival of Thomas Edison, to develop alternating current (AC) technology. Tesla’s contract with Westinghouse, crucial during the “War of Currents,” outlined his work on improving and expanding AC systems. The agreement included royalties based on electricity sales.

During the financial crisis of 1895-1897, Westinghouse faced challenges, prompting Tesla to make a significant decision. In an act of loyalty and commitment to AC technology’s development, Tesla tore up his contract, forgoing lucrative royalties. This decision, while causing financial strain personally, played a pivotal role in sustaining Westinghouse’s business and preventing potential bankruptcy.

Nonetheless, despite their successful development and launch of AC technology, financial constraints and divergent visions led to the eventual parting of ways between Tesla and Westinghouse.

Apparent OCD & Social Anxiety Disorder 

Throughout his life, Tesla exhibited behaviors and preferences that by all modern definitions could be interpreted as indicative of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD).

Some historians believe that Tesla’s purported OCD, rather than being a hindrance, may have contributed to his peak performance. His obsessive focus on a singular task or idea, repeatedly working on it until realization, could be attributed to the traits associated with OCD.

At the same time, this inclination towards obsessive behavior might explain Tesla’s preference for solitude. It’s recognized that SAD is a potential complication associated with OCD, shedding light on his choice to spend extensive periods alone.

Imagine the challenge of battling mental health demons while collaborating with Edison and Westinghouse — two of the most influential figures of the early 20th century. Considering that stress often intensifies OCD symptoms, one can only speculate on the impact working closely with these formidable personalities had on Tesla.

If he had any, what daily dose of inspiration or positive reminder could have served as Tesla’s personal “quote of the day” and “encouraging quotes for work”  during periods of adversity?

6 Enduring Legacy Components of Nikola Tesla 

Nikola Tesla’s impact on technology, vision for the future, and inspo quotes remain highly influential. His contributions have laid the foundation for modern electrical engineering and continue to inspire scientists, engineers, and inventors around the world.  

Many top figures pay tribute or would want to pay tribute to him as a scientific pioneer and visionary trailblazer, from tennis great, Novak Djokovic, to self-made billionaire, Elon Musk.

But, other than being an enduring figure in the history of science and technology, this visionary inventor is also an endearing personality in the history of humanity for his altruistic dedication to advancing knowledge.

1) Nikola Tesla’s Remarkable Vision, Inventive Genius, and Eidetic Memory

Nikola Tesla possessed an exceptional imagination and intellect, coupled with an eidetic memory that allowed him to vividly recall intricate details. This remarkable combination empowered him to conceive groundbreaking ideas and inventions, transforming the world.  

His views about inventing have become a source of encouraging quotes for work by many.

2) Impact on Society

Tesla’s work laid the foundation for modern power systems, radio technology, and numerous other innovations that have shaped the way we live today. 

His inventions and contributions to electrical engineering revolutionized technology. The development of the alternating current system, for instance, allowed for the efficient transmission and distribution of electricity, bringing power to communities around the world. 

3) Persistence in the Face of Challenges

Tesla faced numerous obstacles and setbacks throughout his career. These challenges included financial difficulties, patent disputes, and skepticism from contemporaries.

However, he persisted in pursuing his ideas and remained dedicated to his work despite these challenges. His resilience and determination serve as a reminder of the importance of perseverance and belief in one’s vision, even in the face of adversity.

When facing persecution; and you need the best morning quotes to uplift and face the day, it won’t hurt to use some workplace motivational quotes from the ground-breaking genius that is Nikola Tesla, right?

4) Forward-Thinking and Futuristic Ideals

Tesla possessed a futuristic mindset and often thought ahead of his time. His concepts and ideas, such as wireless power transmission and wireless communication, were seen as visionary during his era and continue to inspire future technological advancements. Tesla’s ability to think beyond the current limitations of technology and envision possibilities for a better future is an inspiration for those seeking to push the boundaries of innovation.

5) Imagination and Creativity

Tesla’s imagination knew no bounds. His ability to think creatively and outside the conventional norms led to the development of numerous inventions and concepts. His innovative thinking encourages individuals to embrace their imagination, think beyond established boundaries, and explore uncharted territories.

If you ever feel like you’ve run out of inspiration for your work, grabbing any of Nikola Tesla’s maxims and using it as a workplace motivational quotes isn’t a bad idea at all.

6) Altruism and Generosity of Knowledge

Tesla believed in the power of sharing knowledge for the betterment of society. He aimed to make his inventions accessible and often shared his ideas and findings with others, rather than hoarding them for personal gain. Tesla’s commitment to the pursuit of knowledge and his desire to contribute to the greater good highlight the importance of collaboration, open-mindedness, and the spirit of innovation.

Case in point, one of the reasons for Tesla and Westinghouse’s divergence was that Tesla’s vision for providing free electricity to the world using his alternating current (AC) technology conflicted with the business model of George Westinghouse. While Westinghouse greatly appreciated Tesla’s ideas and inventions, the practicality of providing free electricity globally conflicted with the financial sustainability of their projects.

9 Quotes of the Day and Encouraging Quotes for Work from Nikola Tesla 

Nikola Tesla’s overarching goal and motivation were rooted in a selfless desire to contribute to the betterment of humanity. Throughout his career, Tesla aimed to harness the forces of nature for the service of mankind. He envisioned inventions and technologies that could improve the quality of life for people around the world. 

Tesla’s commitment to advancing science and technology was driven by a profound belief in the potential for his innovations to benefit humanity on a global scale. His vision extended beyond personal gain, emphasizing the transformative impact of his work for the greater good. His altruistic ideals and passion for serving mankind are evident in his words and actions throughout his career.

Now that we have humanized him, we understand that although he is a genius and, as such, thinks differently than most ordinary folks, there is something we can relate to and emulate about him. After all, we are all part of the collective consciousness; at our core, we are the same. We experience grief, longing, triumph, and the entire gamut of emotions, questioning our existence and everything around us in between.

So, let’s take a dive into 9 of Nikola Tesla’s practical and relatable inspo quotes and perhaps apply one or two in our lives.

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“If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6, and 9, then you would have the key to the universe.” – Nikola Tesla

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“I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success … Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.” – Nikola Tesla

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“Of all things, I liked books best.” – Nikola Tesla

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“We all make mistakes, and it is better to make them before we begin.” – Nikola Tesla

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“Let the future tell the truth and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine.” – Nikola Tesla

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“The desire that guides me in all I do is the desire to harness the forces of nature to the service of mankind.” – Nikola Tesla

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“Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more.” – Nikola Tesla

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“Instinct is something which transcends knowledge. We have, undoubtedly, certain finer fibers that enable us to perceive truths when logical deduction, or any other willful effort of the brain, is futile.” – Nikola Tesla

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“The gift of mental power comes from God, Divine Being, and if we concentrate our minds on that truth, we become in tune with this great power.” – Nikola Tesla

Tesla’s legacy and quotations remind us that each person has a unique role in advancing humanity. By channeling even a fraction of his imagination and persistence, we too can break new ground.

Which ones of Nikola Tesla’s axioms will you choose as your best morning quotes, and which one as the quote for the day?

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Words of Encouragement from Self-Made Billionaire Elon Musk: 10 Short Inspirational Quotes About Life and the Choice to Be Extraordinary

Words of Encouragement from the Self-Made Billionaire Elon Musk.

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Words of encouragement from famous figures have always had universal appeal.

They can strike a chord with all sorts of people. Some see them as quotes on strength to remind them to remain resolute. Some, as little nuggets of insight to guide their values and emotions. Others use them for motivation to draw courage and comfort during difficult times. And others recite them like daily mantras to boost their confidence.

In the case of Elon Musk, who many see as a natural-born genius, his inspiration was apparently the legendary inventor Nikola Tesla, a genius from another generation. It may be for this reason that Musk went to lengths to acquire the rights to the name Tesla for the EV automaker.

It makes you wonder; aside from having someone as an inspiration, what other traits could the present-day business magnate and investor share with ordinary people? Let’s take a look.

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Musk’s Personal Journey of Perseverance & Innovation

Musk’s path has been marked by numerous challenges – financial hardships, technical hurdles, you name it. But, despite the many roadblocks, he has stayed focused and driven, beating the odds to chase his ambitions relentlessly.

This grit and refusal to quit despite nerve-racking adversities shows his unstoppable determination.

And what makes his story so interesting for a modern-day titan of industry is that he did not grow up wealthy. So his words of encouragement and positive quotes about life must have an extra layer of meaning. Or, do they?

He tweeted this about his early life:

I grew up in a lower, transitioning to an upper, middle-income situation, but did not have a happy childhood. Haven’t inherited anything ever from anyone, nor has anyone given me a large financial gift.

He also revealed that his father, Errol Musk, never supported him financially after high school in “any meaningful way.”

Musk grew up middle-class in Pretoria, South Africa. His dad worked as an engineer to support the family. After his parents split up, his mom Maye Musk raised the kids as a single mother, juggling five jobs including modeling and nutrition work just to make ends meet.

Is Elon Musk Relatable? A Self-Made Man?

It is safe to say that Musk, now a big name in tech, transport, and space, never had it easy like most people working their way up. This aspect does add an extra layer of depth to his words of encouragement and quotes for change.

It’s also quite understandable for multitudes of people worldwide to find his insights profound and valuable, as they are indeed fascinating and relatable.

Musk has made waves with his groundbreaking work, big dreams, and lofty goals, carving a renowned name for himself globally. But he clawed his way up the hard way—his triumphs weren’t just handed to him.

Given his background of growing up with Asperger’s syndrome, or autism spectrum disorder; working two jobs at the same time as a college kid; and graduating with $100,000 in debt; Musk must have accumulated deep wisdom on the road to becoming the extraordinary he is today. 

Musk’s Short Inspirational Quotes About Life

So, yes, he does appear relatable, but can just about any ordinary folk be an Elon Musk? Can anyone just choose to be extraordinary?

Let’s pick his brain and see what makes him tick. Does he credit persistence? Defiance against the odds?

Read on for some words of encouragement from this self-made billionaire and current world’s richest person alive today:

1. “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.”

2. “Persistence is very important. You should not give up unless you are forced to give up.”

3. “The first step is to establish that something is possible; then probability will occur.”

4. “If you get up in the morning and think the future is going to be better, it is a bright day. Otherwise, it’s not.”

5. “Don’t confuse education with schooling. I didn’t go to Harvard, but people who work for me did.”

6. “The path to the CEO’s office should not be through the CFO’s office, and it should not be through the marketing department. It needs to be through engineering and design.”

7. “I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better.”

8. “Good ideas are always crazy until they’re not.”

9. “Great companies are built on great products.”

The words of encouragement and positive quotes about life shared above reflect Musk’s core values – tireless perseverance, embracing creativity, thinking big, and pushing past limits.

Suffice it to say that any ordinary folk can use Musk’s inspirational quotes about life as fuel when taking on ambitious projects and making their mark.

Musk’s Quotes On Strength And Being Extraordinary

Although Musk’s achievements and impact are widely recognized, he is not without controversies and criticisms. So, which of his convictions have people latched on to the most in their pathways to achieving their goals?

Remarkable Entrepreneurial Drive 

Musk’s various business ventures showcase his powerful entrepreneurial spirit. Over the years, he has created and led a string of success stories – Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink, The Boring Company, and Twitter, all bearing the stamp of his determined leadership.

Throughout his incredible journey, he kept raising the bar, continuously pushing boundaries with a steadfast resolve to achieve his ambitious goals.

His words of encouragement and and knowledge on entrepreneurship have resonated strongly with people from all walks of life, contributing to both their popularity and Musk’s ever-increasing fame.

Vision for the Future

Musk’s fame springs from his forward-thinking ideas and commitment to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.

His companies are leaders in electric transport, renewable energy, space exploration, and neural tech. Within this impressive sphere, he has inspired countless people with his tireless dedication to sustainable energy and goal of guiding humanity to become multi-planetary.

Perseverance, Resilience, and More

Often, Musk is seen as a highly persevering and resilient individual. Throughout his career, he has shown a strong resolve to conquer obstacles and bounce back from setbacks.

However, his victories stem from more than just grit and resilience. Collaboration, strategic insight, and effective leadership are key factors that have all critically shaped his path. These elements have been just as pivotal in guiding his journey of accomplishments.

Risk-Taking and Innovation

Musk is regarded as an iconoclast in the way he takes risks and disrupts entrenched industries. His ventures tackle complex challenges and push technological frontiers.

By challenging the status quo he also has inspired others to think big and pursue innovative solutions.

Philanthropic Initiatives

Musk has consistently demonstrated a commitment to giving back. He has pledged significant wealth to causes like renewable energy research and education. His quotes for change and efforts to address global problems have earned widespread support. His endeavors and advocacy prod many to create a positive legacy in their own way.

Musk’s Words of Encouragement in a Nutshell 

While Musk’s achievements and influence are far-reaching, he remains a controversial and sometimes criticized figure. Still, his words of encouragement, life story, and accomplishments have inspired countless people to aim high, think differently, and work toward creating a brighter future for humanity.

You don’t have to build state-of-the-art rockets and electric cars to be extraordinary. You can embody that anytime with the choices you make.

The hurdles you choose to face may not involve finding a new planet for humans to inhabit, but whatever challenge you decide to take on, they are your versions of rockets, electric cars, and space explorations. They are your opportunities to be extraordinary.

Like Musk, you can choose to find solutions instead of complaining. Choose action over comfort and procrastination. Choose to care for nature and the future of human beings rather than turning a blind eye.

And with that spirit in mind, here is our 10th entry for Elon Musk’s short inspirational quotes about life:

10. “For me it was never about money, but solving problems for the future of humanity.”

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21 Uplifting Quotes on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Design Excellence by Steve Jobs

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Steve Jobs had numerous accomplishments throughout his career. While he was not without critics, his impact on the technology industry, entrepreneurship, and design remains significant. His ability to envision and create products that have transformed the way we live and communicate, coupled with his emphasis on passion, perseverance, and innovation, make him an enduring source of inspiration in the present time.

Let’s look back at what he had accomplished:

He co-founded Apple Inc. in 1976, and in 1984, he played a crucial role in the introduction of the Macintosh, a groundbreaking personal computer with a user-friendly graphical interface. However, in 1985, due to internal conflicts, he was forced to leave the company he co-founded.

In 1997, Jobs returned to Apple when it acquired NeXT, a company he had founded during his time away from Apple. Upon his return, he took on the role of interim CEO, and under his leadership, Apple underwent a remarkable transformation.

One of Jobs’ most significant accomplishments came in 2001 when he introduced the iPod, a portable digital music player that revolutionized the music industry. This was followed by the launch of the iTunes Store, which changed the way music was consumed and distributed.

In 2007, Jobs unveiled the iPhone, a revolutionary smartphone that combined a mobile phone, an iPod, and an internet communication device. The iPhone quickly became a cultural phenomenon, setting new standards for mobile technology.

Continuing his streak of innovation, in 2010, Jobs introduced the iPad, a tablet computer that reshaped the way we interact with technology and opened up new possibilities for productivity and entertainment.

To this day, Steve Jobs continues to be considered an inspirational figure in the present time. Here are a few reasons why:

Innovation and Vision

Steve Jobs was a visionary leader who revolutionized multiple industries, particularly with his work at Apple Inc. His innovative mindset and ability to anticipate consumer needs resulted in groundbreaking products such as the Macintosh computer, iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Jobs’ emphasis on user-friendly design and seamless integration between hardware and software set new standards in the technology industry.

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Jobs’ entrepreneurial journey, from co-founding Apple in his parents’ garage to building it into one of the most valuable companies in the world, serves as an inspiration to aspiring entrepreneurs. He demonstrated the importance of taking risks, pursuing one’s passion, and persisting through setbacks.

Perseverance and Resilience 

Jobs faced numerous challenges throughout his career, including being ousted from Apple in 1985. However, he returned to the company in 1997 and played a pivotal role in its resurgence, transforming it into one of the most influential technology companies. His ability to bounce back from failures and stay focused on his goals serves as a valuable lesson in perseverance and resilience.

Design and Aesthetics

Jobs had an unwavering commitment to design excellence, emphasizing the importance of aesthetics and user experience. His attention to detail and focus on creating products that were not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing set Apple apart from its competitors. This design-centric approach has influenced many industries beyond technology, highlighting the significance of thoughtful and user-centered design.

Inspiring Commencement Speech

Jobs’ 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University, commonly known as the “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish” speech, continues to resonate with people. In the speech, he shared personal anecdotes and life lessons, encouraging graduates to follow their passion, embrace failure, and make a positive impact on the world.

Here are some inspirational quotes from the co-founder of Apple Computers and former chairman of Pixar Animation Studios:

1. “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.” – Steve Jobs

2. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs

3. “Stay hungry, stay foolish.” – Steve Jobs

4. “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.” – Steve Jobs

5. “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs

6. “The only thing you have in your life is time. If you invest that time in yourself to have great experiences that are going to enrich you, then you can’t possibly lose.” – Steve Jobs

7. “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs

8. “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” – Steve Jobs

9. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. – Steve Jobs

10. Let’s go invent tomorrow rather than worrying about what happened yesterday. – Steve Jobs

11. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. – Steve Jobs

12. I’m as proud of many of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done. Innovation is saying no to a thousand things. – Steve Jobs

13. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. – Steve Jobs

14. Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me. – Steve Jobs

15. I think the things you regret most in life are the things you didn’t do. – Steve Jobs

16. That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex; you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. – Steve Jobs

17. You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out. – Steve Jobs

18. Creativity is just connecting things. – Steve Jobs

19. Things don’t have to change the world to be important. – Steve Jobs

20. Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them. – Steve Jobs

21. I always advise people – Don’t wait! Do something when you are young, when you have nothing to lose, and keep that in mind. – Steve Jobs

These quotes reflect Steve Jobs’ perspectives on passion, innovation, following one’s intuition, and embracing the courage to challenge the status quo. They inspire individuals to pursue their dreams, believe in their own capabilities, and strive for greatness. What quote resonates with you the most? Leave a comment below.

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