3 Short Life Phrases to Live by
#1 — Stay hungry. Stay foolish.
Steve Jobs said it. I wholeheartedly believe it. While I may not have agreed with everything Jobs has done or said, the man certainly had a touch of genius to his madness.
Stay Hungry — Constantly feed the want to grow, learn, and evolve. When it comes to these three things, being greedy is not a bad thing. In fact, suppressing these qualities can be detrimental to your being. Be as ambitious as you possibly can.
Stay Foolish — Fool yourself into thinking the impossible can be done. The fastest way to stop innovating is to think something has no chance of fruition. Elon Musk is doing it. Why can’t you?
#2 — Pursue passions, not paychecks.
Yeah, you’re right. If I had a billion dollars, I could run my own business with no fear of being on the streets. I could donate 99% of it to charity and still be well off. I could travel the world and not have to nickel and dime people for deals. There’s no denying the fact that financial wealth removes constraints. But is the simple goal of trying to get rich worth it?
Well, here’s what most don’t seem to understand — most of us are not born with that kind of wealth. The mere fact is we all aren’t dealt the same hand of cards, and that’s okay. You just need to realize what cards you actually have, and placeyour bets accordingly. You can’t win with someone else’s hand.
Do something you are passionate about, and it’ll come. Whether it’s in the form of money, happiness, or something else, who knows? But quite honestly… you shouldn’t care. It’s difficult to making a living off of something you hate. Pursue relentlessly, one step at a time, and it’ll work itself out.
#3 — Travel, and culturally immerse yourself.
Traveling is the fastest way to to observe, think, ideate, and learn new things in more than one culture. Sure, reading a book, talking to people, and watching movies may get you some of this knowledge (and you certainly shouldn’t stop these things), but there’s nothing like being put in situations where you’re not comfortable and being forced to learn. Get comfortable being uncomfortable. Having to interact with people you don’t see on a daily basis gives you a fresh and new perspective on business, life, and things that you have yet to discover. It allows you process thoughts and produce results in a unique fashion, adding depth to your being and skill set.
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” — Saint Augustine
I get it. Some of us don’t have the financial blessing to go out of the country every other month and explore the seven wonders of the world. That’s fine. Start with people outside of your neighborhood, city, or state, and progress yourself as you are able. The point is you’ll be on a faster track to gain a more widespread knowledge and cultural base than before, not that you are exploring the most obscure ends of the world. Take one step at a time, and you’ll eventually get there.
These three philosophies are certainly not an end all be all solution to life. In fact, if you ask me a year from now, they may entirely change. As always, the world is constantly evolving — we should evolve with it. It’d be absurd to sit here and think otherwise.
What are some of your own life phrases you live by? Please comment and share your thoughts. I’d love to hear them.
This article was originally posted through LinkedIn — can be read here.
Rahul Iyer is a product manager and entrepreneur with a deep passion for product and technology. People are his priority. Technology is his medium. Feel free to reach out and learn more about Rahul at www.rahuliyer.io.