Striving for Something More

After coming across numerous Steve Jobs quotes since his death in October I’ve finally found ones that are most relatable to my passion for my current marketing and social media career path – and just because there are not enough blog posts out there listing his quotes already I decided to do one of my own 😉

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”  – Simple enough. Be who you choose to be.

“You’ve baked a really lovely cake, but then you’ve used dog **** for frosting.” – I love this one, it puts things in perspective. You spend all this time and energy into creating something great, but if you don’t add the finishing touch – what’s the point? All your time and effort is almost wasted if the presentation isn’t perfect. Side note – I feel like Apply is kind of guilty of this in a way, they’ve built ‘lovely gadgets,’ iPods specifically, but yet they accessorize it with very uncomfortable earbuds. Am I right?

“I was worth over $1,000,000 when I was 23, and over $10,000,000 when I was 24, and over $100,000,000 when I was 25 and it wasn’t that important because I never did it for the money.” – This one is perfect for me. I have a passion for social media and unfortunately it’s not one of the highest paying jobs. But like Jobs says, I’m not doing it for the money right now – I’m doing it because I’m passionate about it and I truly enjoy engaging and interacting with online communities the way I do, the money will come.

“I make 50 cents for showing up… and the other 50 cents is based on my performance.” – Point made, follow through! Your performance and true colors will begin to shine in the end. Do your job well.

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Depending on the type of person you are you may be perfectly happy following in someone else’s footsteps. However, there are those out there constantly striving for something more – those are the ones I’m trying to keep up with.

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something.” – So true. Let your mind run free.

“I want to put a ding in the universe.” – Who doesn’t? I hope to start making an impact on those around me and then work on increasing the size of my “ding” from there. 😉

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.” – Focus and conquer one idea to the best of your ability – then you can begin directing focus to your other opportunities. Learn how to do it and then do it well.

“It’s not faith in technology. It’s faith in people.” – Just because you’re using 10 different social media platforms and reaching numerous audiences, doesn’t actually mean you’re effectively connecting with your communities. Make sure your people are communicating not only with you but with others about YOU! The people are the ones that will spread the word more powerfully, not the multiple forms of technology you’re using.

“Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” – Never lose sight of who you are. Don’t stop believing. 😉

“And one more thing…” – Never stop thinking, creating, building, engaging or connecting – just keep growing.

Clearly Steve Jobs was an extremely brilliant and unique individual, with very few like him. But for some reason I feel like he inspires many and really gives us something to strive for – he encourages you to keep dreaming. Do any of these quotes relate closely to you? Any others I may have missed?

Getting Back on Track

Thanks to a Twitter friend, I was fortunately informed about a great opportunity to take part in. I’ve decided to challenge myself to the Better Blogger Challenge in hopes of getting back on track with my blog. Two months and 36 required posts will hopefully be just the push I need in order to get back in the habit of blogging. I initially started this for a project in college, then it turned into a place where family and friends could keep track of me after I moved to Chicago and now my current direction is to transform it into a Social Media & Marketing based blog.

I’m hoping that my writing is informative  and interesting enough that it will eventually create it’s own niche of individuals who will continue to follow along and share what they’re reading. Blogging has always seemed to have a positive impact on me, allowing me to release thoughts, feelings and ideas that I normally wouldn’t take the time to write down. This past summer I spent a lot of time blogging about my adventures after I had just moved to the city of Chicago, but after I took my current job position I’ve unfortunately lost focus and never made the time to blog – the past 3 months have been brutal, almost embarrassing.

I’ve come up with a few personal goals for myself after accepting this Better Blogger Challenge, hoping they’ll encourage me to stay on track:

1. Curate enriching and beneficial content that will result in more subscribers.

2. Once the challenge is over, I’m hoping blogging will become part of an EVERYDAY lifestyle for me, a habit – even if it’s a 20 word post, inspiring image and/or quote – I want to be able to contribute consistently to my ‘brand.’

3.  Base a large majority of my posts around my experiences as a post grad and social media and marketing tips.

4. Overall, I want to revamp my blog, find a general focus and through this process eventually find a better fit of a title for it.

If you’re reading this… Thanks, and please feel free to leave feedback or comments – they’d be much appreciated as I’m taking on this little two month journey 🙂

So what are we waiting for? Let’s kick this thing off 🙂