Why Steve Jobs Was Wrong

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Remember this famous quote from Steve Jobs?

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”

With this statement during his Stanford commencement speech, Steve gave all of us a free pass to stop worrying about our future. I know I did.

That speech was given in 2005, the same year that I graduated from college. I first watched his speech on YouTube nearly 2 years later. At that time, I was well into my first “real” job and the reality of my situation had set in. I had worked since high school to attain this well-respected, six-figure job as a financial analyst, and now that I was there, I hated it.

If I could be so wrong about this, how do I know what to do next? How do I make any decisions to move forward? I lost all confidence in my own abilities to figure out what I wanted to do – and I was hopelessly confused.

“Am I going in the right direction?”
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What does your car say about you?

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What kind of car do you want? Why?

The decision to purchase a car is one that requires a great amount of thought, intention, and analysis. It is one of the most significant purchases that we will make in our lives, and we tend to do so relatively often.

According to kbb.com, the average American purchases a car every 57 months. And given the ever-changing nature of our lives, it is inevitable that your circumstances will be quite unique each time you purchase that next vehicle.

Perhaps you recently got a raise, or perhaps you got fired. Maybe your family is growing, or you’re having a midlife crisis.  Whatever your situation is, it is unique to one moment in time, and it will absolutely factor into your car buying decision.

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It is for these reasons that I believe your car buying history, along with your future ownership desires, provides a window into your soul – a unique history of what was, and a telling statement of what is.
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Six Tips to Keep Your Sanity, Do Something You Love, and Make Some Money in this Freeconomy

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Have you noticed that when you have to pay for something these days, it almost seems outrageous?

For example, just last week I got so upset when I found out I had no more free space on Dropbox, you would’ve thought someone kicked my dog. They wanted me to pay $9.99 a month, just to use Dropbox! A service I had been happily using on a daily basis for years now. How dare them. And it still pains me to pay $0.99 for an app, regardless of how useful it may be.

But it doesn’t stop at technology. We don’t want to pay for anything.

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The Most Overused Four-Letter Word

The Most Overused Four-Letter WordAre you getting sick of hearing how great failure is? I am. Fail is the most overused and misunderstood four-letter word. Today, everywhere you look you see inspirational posters and motivational books touting the positive nature of failure. They say things like, “fail fast and fail often,” or “success is built on failure.” Sure, these make a great No Fear t-shirt, but are they really wise words to live by?

I used to work for the once idolized, now bastardized Internet marketing company, LivingSocial. On my first day there, I remember walking through the office and inhaling the enthusiasm of a startup environment. The office was an open space layout with an exposed brick interior. Nerf guns and Slinkys could be found on nearly every desk and video game consoles and flat screen TV’s lined the walls. As I walked towards my workspace, I noticed a wall that was completely adorned with posters displaying the most recent discontinued product or service with the tagline “Fail Fast” blazoned across it.

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Time to Thrive

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Did you know that on average, we are given just 27,375 days on this earth? That’s it. 27,375 hot showers in the morning, 27,375 late night conversations with friends, and perhaps most importantly, we are given just 27,375 days to make a difference in this world. Add in the fact that for the first 18 years of our lives, most of us barely know what the hell we are doing, and that lowers the number to 20,805… so let’s get moving. We can’t waste another day! 

I spent the better part of my 20s searching for this thing, this emotion, this feeling that I could barely define. I wanted to be happy, but that seemed too vague. I wanted to be fulfilled, but that felt too “millennial”. Eventually, it took a rebellion by my mind and body and a surprising diagnosis to force me to get crystal clear on what I was searching for.

I wanted to wake up every single morning excited for what the day would bring – regardless of the cost. I wanted to find my passion, my calling, my good life. I wanted to THRIVE!

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