Asset Protection – Passionate About Entrepreneurship
In last week’s asset protection newsletter titled, “I’m Buying Call Options on Entrepreneurship”, I discussed my bullishness on the innovation and creativity of the entrepreneur despite the stupidity of governments in the US and around the world.
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The world truly revolves around entrepreneurship. You are the dreamers, visionaries and ultimately the creators of economic growth and prosperity. You are then ones responsible for constantly improving the welfare of the billions of inhabitants on this planet.
Yesterday evening, one of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs died after having battled cancer for the past several years of his life. Steve Jobs’ name was virtually synonymous with entrepreneur during his lifetime.
Jobs cofounded Apple in the late ‘70’s only to be ousted by the CEO and board he hired several years later. Approximately 10 years later, Jobs regained the reigns of Apple and brought the world a string of innovative products like the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and most recently, the iPad.
Early in his career he was considered the rogue underdog, but went on to become the tech CEO powerhouse building the 2nd most valuable company in the world, behind Exxon-Mobile. The last 10 years of his life could be considered as his most productive years where he continued to impact the world in a big way up until his death yesterday.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Jobs;
- “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to…love what you do. – Your time is limited. Don’t waste it living someone else’s life”
- “You’ve got to find what you love… the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
- “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking that you have something to lose.”
The man truly embodied the spirit of passion, perseverance and an unwavering commitment to his own ideals. Is there any doubt he was passionate about his life and his work? Bravo to a living an extraordinary life Steve.
Steve Jobs is the modern day, real life equivalent to one of my all time favorite novel characters. Howard Roark is the unyielding, visionary architect hero from the novel, “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand.”
While “The Fountainhead” may have been written nearly 70 years ago, it is more popular today than when it was originally published. The hero, Howard Roark is an architect who wanted to build things in exactly his own way. He was completely unwilling to yield to the whims of bosses, regulators, friends, family or even the university where he was studying architecture.
The book even begins with his dismissal from school because of his unwillingness to conform to the norms of the day in regards to architectural design. He was brash, arrogant, not very personable, volatile, and difficult to work with.
He was also very passionate about his work, exceptionally brilliant, and built things that improved the lives of many. Sounds just like Steve Jobs to me.
How about you? Are you passionate about your life’s work? Are you making a difference in someone’s life? Are you providing value to the world?
I am not suggesting that we all strive to become the next Steve Jobs. That would certainly be a tough act to follow.
In spirit however, we should all live our lives with a similar level of passion and an unwillingness to sacrifice our own ideals for the sake of something or someone else.
Personally I value individual creativity, productivity and the power of capitalism as the growth driver of the world economic engine. I chose asset protection planning as a means to help entrepreneurs and investors their keep money and assets where they are most productive – in their own hands as opposed to the hands of the parasites that now seem to flourish around the world.
Additionally, personal freedom and adventure are ideals that I value highly. What are your values? Are you living them every day?