Currently the richest man in the world is Jeff Bezos, the founder of both Amazon.com and Blue Origin aerospace company. Bezos has amassed so much wealth that even if he suddenly had to pay for every single free Will kit in the world, that still would not dent his riches. He also owns the Washington Post and has reached the summit of supreme success. But what is it that keeps this mega-mind business mogul going?
Here’s a sneak peek at 6 quotes from Bezos that are bound to motivate you!
- “Do something you’re very passionate about and don’t try to chase what is the hot passion of the day.”
If you know what your passion is, listen to what it says to you and let it be your beacon. Trends come and go but passion is what stays and keeps burning bright. Legacies are created brick by brick from continual efforts and outputs delivered over time. Your love for what you do is what adds the fuel to the fire of your passion and creates something long-lasting. Chasing away after others makes you an imitator. You need to heed the calling inside of you and give it your all to bring it to life.
- “Big things start small. The biggest oak starts from an acorn.”
History is witness to the fact that the most gargantuan empires started out just as an echo in the mind of one person and went ahead to resonate through realms. Before he set up Amazon.com, Jeff Bezos worked at a quantitative hedge fund. He quit working at a comfortable high paying job to kick-start his small online venture and sold books out of his garage. He went with the mere echo of his dream and gave up a life full content. He had a vision and his echo is now a resounding roar in the whole wide world.
- “You can have a job, or you can have a career, or you can have a calling. And the best thing is to have a calling.”
Find that one thing that gets your juices flowing, makes you innovative and downright creative. It breathes new vigour and life into you when you think about it. Find such things that overwhelm and fill you with positive emotion to the brim. At the end of it, you won’t regret taking a shot on that one idea that will turn everything around for you.
- “I’ve made billions of dollars of failures at Amazon.com. Literally billions… They don’t matter.” “A few big successes compensate for dozens and dozens of things that didn’t work.”
It is really important that you take an aim and shoot at it. Even if your aim is pathetic and you end up missing by a wide margin, you are bound to infer valuable knowledge with every shot you take after the first one. You will see that you’re getting closer to your mark slowly and steadily. Don’t let your failures and shortcomings get the best of you. You must rejoice in the success you’ve achieved and let that be your guiding light that will drive you to improve more than ever.
- “In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story.”
The picture that we paint will let us strengthen our minds and will encourage the actions necessary to realise our dreams. Mapping out our intentions and where we are headed to and where we wish to reach well in advance will let us choose our direction flawlessly and rationally. The picture, the vision that we have in our minds, continually reinforces and lays the foundation for every decision we make. So, put your best foot forward and have a good one!
- “When I’m happy at work I come home more energised. I’m a better husband. A better Dad.”
Happiness is integral in bettering your relationships both at home and at work and it will shoot your energy levels right up. Bezos knows and appreciates the fact that being happy at home will boost the quality of life of his loved ones and his own as well. Happiness will give you more clarity, flexibility, tolerance and verve. Then there’s also the fact that it’s a pleasant experience to be around people who are happy. On your way to success, your feeling of contentment and joy is what will keep you going.
Take it from Bezos, the only point of difference between you and someone who is extremely successful is the way you ‘think’ – that’s all there is to it! The biggest investment you will ever make is in yourself, so make it worth your while.