Today, our guest is Guy Kawasaki, chief evangelist of Canva.com, brand ambassador of Mercedez–Benz, an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business and author of fifteen books. He is also well known as a former evangelist of Apple and a trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation.
We are talking about life, business, family, success in an enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere, catching the glimpses of wisdom, and having a good laugh.
His latest book, Wise Guy – Lessons from a Life is his most personal book. As he says, it’s not a memoir or autobiography but a series of stories from his life. He calls it Miso Soup for the Soul (alluding to Chicken Soup series).
He describes his experiences and lessons he learned about life. His main idea is sharing the knowledge he gained and giving to people something that will empower them and help them grow. Alternatively, at least show them what not to do, what to avoid.
Our conversation felt like friendly and humble father-to-son talk in which he wanted to share some useful knowledge but not sound too serious about anything. Moreover, he did a great job! Besides some great advice, his genuinely positive attitude towards life and not taking himself too seriously made a powerful impression.
Also, here are some things that he shared:
Lesson 1 – Chill out!
Young people tend to look for a perfect job right after school. The truth is, any job is okay as long as you are learning. Don’t worry if you are not in a Fortune 500 company. Gain skills, and you may be someday! The company you’re working for today may become one of the Fortune 500 companies.
Lesson 2 – If you want to do something, do it!
Ignore all the doubt inside and all the negativity outside. You don’t need a Ph.D. to start, just the right mindset and attitude. Who cares what people think! Get over that, and just do it!
Lesson 3 – Don’t take life too seriously!
People make mistakes. Please don’t hold it against them. If you’re going to be easily offended, you will have a miserable life.
Lesson 4 – You have to give to get!
Sometimes you have to work for free and put some work upfront. Behind every professional athlete, there are thousands of hours of training that are not paid. However, eventually, he gets paid. Invest in yourself and work hard!
Lesson 5 – If you’re starting a company, focus on the prototype, not on the pitch!
Create customers, not PowerPoint presentations. The key is not the pitch; it’s the product.
Lesson 6 – Customers can’t tell you how to be truly innovative!
They can only tell you how to enhance the product. The innovation must come from within you.
Lesson 7 – Always learn!
If you are not learning, you are dying! It’s never too late! You are never too old! So Guy learned to play hockey at 48, started surfing at 62. The simple truth is – learn, live life, and enjoy it! Also, find motivation and inspiration in genuine people like Guy Kawasaki!
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