You Product Managers work alone, work remotely. Here are 10 famous quotes from influencers that will help keep you wise, motivated and inspired.
As a Product Manager, the most important thing for you to work on is yourself. You are the valuable asset to your and your clients and your skills become the asset that you can then translate to others.
"Every day, work harder on yourself than anything else, because if you become more intelligent, more valuable, more skilled -- you can add more value to other people."
Tony Robbins needs no introduction. The world-renown author, motivational speaker is not just a business coach, but a transformative coach to tens of thousands if not millions by now.
This famous quote highlights the most important thing for product managers which is that the growth in you is a leverage that magnifies into your business and create the clients. Do a little everyday like the 20-mile march through pacing yourself properly.
Keep a client focus, keep at it as you grow and stretch toward the product manager you want to be.
Estee Lauder is the founder of her own cosmetic and fragrance empire. Here, one of her famous quotes highlights how she keeps it straight-forward and to the point:
"If you don't sell, it's not the product that's wrong. It's you."
At first glance this might not seem inspiring, but it really does cut to the chase in what you need to do. Most business people espouse that clients and customer making purchasing decisions based on trust.
A trusted advisors sells financial advise to clients, for example.
The degree to which the client makes that sale and pays for it is based on how much they trust you, how much they know about you in order to part with their savings. As self-starting Freelancer, this cannot be more true.
"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."
Of course, Charles Darwin's famous quote here is in regards more to the animal kingdom than anything else. But it's applicability to human cannot be denied (we are animals after-all) because modern psychology has proved this to be true. Being able to change, being adaptable to change starts with a growth mindset.
This mindset is even more important to cultivate and sustain. The freedom to take on projects you enjoy also means that there are high and low points to every freelancing business. Contracts don't come through on time or not at all and it's important to roll with the punches.
Change is part of the reason why employees turn to product managers. But sometimes the degree of change and the changes in clients, their perspective, changes in deadlines and budgets are all why this is super important for Freelancer to able to manage themselves even if the circumstances around you, inevitably, change.
Last but not least, Seth Godin's famous quote. He writes almost everyday on this blog like we here are ProductManagerJobs.net so there is a lot of material to quote, but this is probably one of the strongest we've come agree that is applicable to Freelancers, Solopreneurs and Digital Nomads.
"You are not your resume, you are your work."
The two images that conjure up for me is what the difference is between a CV or resume versus a portfolio of work. The resume is often something you write in past-tense noting your accomplishments and skills. It's generalized and "salesy" -- as it should be. It's the standard tool for employees to communicate to employers what their skills are.
However, I think what Mr. Godin is saying here is that your work should lead in your proposals, in your webinars, in the meetings that you have with your client. The rubber meets the road when it comes to the things you do. You identity IS the work you do and the work you do IS you.
People make purchasing decisions based on you and your work, not a bullet-point list of skills and employers (though it does help).