Are you familiar with Stephen Hawking? While most of us knew the man by name or reputation, we may not associate his theories with something that could be applied to business. In his professional career, Stephen himself concentrated on theoretical physics and studying things like singularities that are in gravitational collapse or how galaxies might arise, but his personal life was very different. At the age of 21, Stephen was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Even though he wasn’t expected to live long, he fooled them all. He was 76 years old when he passed away, having spent most of that confined to a wheelchair. His experiences in life provided him with a very different outlook on his personal and business life.

He was quoted as saying “My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things that your disability doesn’t prevent you from doing well and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit, as well as physically.” This mentality aided Stephen in many aspects of his life, but if you think about what it means, the advice translates into other things as well, business being one of them. You should never let the things that you’re not good at hold you back. By focusing on the aspects that you are good at and doing them well, you can lead the field in whatever you do.

One of the things that he used to tell his three children was “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.” This also will translate into business because they should always look further in every possible way, anytime you can. Look at the people who have done the best, follow their example. Especially when looking for inspiration, think big. Go above and beyond your boundaries, especially when you’re trying to overcome your limitations.

Another thing he said was “Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.” In business, you should always have a goal or maybe a dream. Work hard and make sure you are fulfilled by your work, have a purpose. Make sure that your business improves people’s lives by helping others. Work is not always about increasing your wages. Stephen believed that you should never shy away from complexity. You should embrace it, especially in the 21st century.

In business, data visualization and statistics are complex parts of making a business thrive. If you are interested in learning about other great men and how they are doing in business and in life, you should visit Modern Business TV and check out the video services at: As you can tell, while Stephen’s main field of study was the universe and all of the things in it, his personal beliefs not only applied to that, but to many other aspects of life as well.

With the passing of Stephen Hawking, we have been left with a gaping hole where an intelligent and thoughtful man used to be. You should never forget Stephen’s lessons in life, in business and especially not in physics. He will be greatly missed, so in closing, rest in peace Mr. Hawking, we’ll take it from