“The Holstee Manifesto” – How to live your life

"The Holstee Manifesto" - How to live your life

“The Holstee Manifesto”, written by Holstee founders Michael Radparvar, Dave Radparvar, and Fabian Pfortmüller in 2009.

I came across “the Holstee Manifesto” on Facebook from Xan Pearson, a social media contemporary of mine from Chicago, who shared it on her Facebook Timeline.  As I read and re-read it, I came to realize how much parts of the manifesto alone would benefit my friends and family as well as myself, since we have our own struggles in life and we are working through them at different rates.  The next morning, I also realized that this manifesto should be read from beginning to end, regardless of our current life situation, since other parts of the prose may direct us to take our lives in a very different, more positive direction.  Who knows in what new direction we take our lives after reading the manifesto over and over?

How did the Holstee Manifesto come into being?  According Holstee’s website:

[T]he first thing Holstee’s three founders – Mike, Fabian and Dave – did was sit together on the steps of Union Square and write down exactly what was on their minds and the tips of their tongues.  It wasn’t about shirts and it wasn’t about their old jobs.  It was about what they wanted from life and how to create a company that breathes that passion into the world everyday.  It was a reminder of what we live for.  The result became known as the Holstee Manifesto.

I strongly encourage you to take the Holstee Manifesto at the top of the blog and make it the background of your desktop for your computer.  If you would prefer a non-electronic version for your bedroom, college dorm, or your children’s bedroom, Holstee sells posters on its website.

In case you want to copy-paste the full text of the Holstee Manifesto, here it is:

“This is your life.  Do what you love, and do it often.  If you don’t like your job, quit.  If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV.  If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love.  Stop over analyzing, life is simple.  All emotions are beautiful.  When you eat, appreciate every last bite.  Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people, we are united in our differences.  Ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share your inspiring dream with them.  Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself.  Some opportunities only come once, seize them.  Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them so go out and start creating.  Life is short.  Live your dream and share your passion.”

Two years after the premier of the Holstee Manifesto in 2009, Holstee released a video called The Holstee Manifesto: Lifecycle Video, which features the manifesto, verbatim, as well as the lively streets of New York City on Holstee’s favorite mode of transportation — bicycle riding.

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7 Responses to ““The Holstee Manifesto” – How to live your life”

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  2. Ruth H. Says:

    “I strongly encourage you to take the Holstee Manifesto at the top of the blog and make it the background of your desktop for your computer.”
    I literally laughed when I read this, for I had just added the image to my desktop as a jpeg. I could not have stumbled upon your blog at a better time–I’ve been hooked on finding good quotes that help me refocus and feel some positive energy. Here’s a gem that I found (I believe said by J.K. Rowling):
    “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” —J.K. Rowling

    Thanks for your eye-opening blogpost!

    • Francis Unson Says:

      You’re welcome! The background of my desktop is the Holstee Manifesto as well! Since I have just a digital copy of it on my work computer, I feel strongly compelled to purchase the poster and hang it up on the wall in my office with a suitable frame. We have but one life to live, so we might as well take the bull by the horns. 🙂

  3. Chelsea Says:

    I am trying to find the Holstee Manifesto as a Macbook pro 15 inch desktop background, but am having no luck finding anything close or editing an image properly to fit my screen! I love it and want to see it every time I’m on my computer! Help!

    • Francis Unson Says:

      The Holstee Manifesto was originally formatted in landscape, whereas most computer monitors and laptop screens, such as your Macbook Pro, are in portrait.

      You need a large version of the manifesto, with a height of no more than 1200 pixels. Go to Google and click on Images in the upper left corner of your screen. Search for “Holstee Manifesto”. Go to the left of your screen, where there are some options to narrow your search. Under “Any Size”, click on “Large”. Now, do a mouseover with your cursor over each image of the Holstee Manifesto. A popup window will appear for each image containing information about the image, including dimensions. Look for the image where the second dimension is within 1000 to 1200 pixels. For example, an image of 374 x 500 may be too small for you to see the words clearly; 800 x 1036 is just right; but 2000 x 2500 is too large.

      It sounds like you already know how to change your background image, so as soon as you find the manifesto with the appropriate dimensions, swap it out. Hope this helps!

    • Chelsea Says:

      I tried those instructions and that did not work, the resolution is still blurry and pixelated, thank you though!

  4. Sally's Special Services Says:

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