7 Things to Say to Yourself Daily

Key Takeaways

  • Steve Jobs offered some words to live by a few years back.
  • The wisdom he offered is something you can repeat to yourself every day.
  • In doing so, you might just find some positive changes in your own life.

There’s an Inc. Magazine article that discusses seven things late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs said a person should say to themselves every day. These are some great words of wisdom to consider, especially if you’re working towards a more positive mindset and are setting goals to achieve in life.

First is that innovation is what distinguishes leaders from followers. If you’ve ever heard of a great idea or invention and thought “I thought of that but didn’t do it!” then you know that ideas without actions turn into regrets. Allowing fear of the unknown and fear of failure to keep you from innovating only leads to regret.

Second is perseverance. Perseverance overcomes everything, whether that’s in sales or learning something new or reaching some other goal. Going the extra mile is something very few people actually do, but those who do find success in that extra mile.

Third is reminding yourself that you don’t work in a vacuum – you need a team to get things done. Steve Jobs used The Beatles as an example of this, saying they balanced each other out and kept each other positive. In doing so, their total was greater than the sum of their parts. Teamwork is essential to creating something much bigger than yourself, so attract the best team by being the kind of person others want to work with.

Fourth is time – and understanding that it’s your most precious resource and commodity. How you spend your time is very important every single day, so do things as efficiently as you can.

Fifth is failing forward – that is, making mistakes as you innovate. In doing so, you learn and you improve. Embrace your failures and examine what you could change to make it better the next time around.

Sixth is to find value in non-material things. When you create value for others, you’ll get value in return. Rather than chasing after bigger houses, fancier cars, or other material possessions, chase experiences. Your relationships and experiences in life are where the value lies.

Seventh is to love what you do. We spend a lot of our lives working, so it’s important to be passionate about that work. Don’t settle for something that’s unfulfilling. It may take time to find something you love, but when you do, you’ll know it.

Ultimately, finding that satisfaction and happiness is what all of these pieces of advice lead to. Remind yourself of them on a regular basis, and you might just find they really help. Until next time, enjoy.



Gary Klaben serves as a Financial Advisor, and visionary for Coyle Financial Counsel. He has over 30 years of experience and is the author of Changing the Conversation, Wealth of Everything and co-author of The Business BattlefieldWhether advising his clients, mentoring his team, or coaching entrepreneurs, he is always simplifying complexity and motivating others to take the next action that’s right for them.

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