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Things I learned and want to tell myself at “28”.

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Back to the present: things I learned and want to tell myself.

There are threads that “if you could tell your 20 year old self” … this is for a little later stage in life. This came from a DM discussion where a forum member who happens to be that age asked what advice I would give him (or my past self). Anything useful for 1 shoud be shared with all.

Full disclosure, I am still 28 because I’ve been celebrating my 28th birthday a dozen times. ;)

  • #1 Ask better questions. Quality of questions you ask will determine the quality of your life. Instead of “should I buy this or that?”, ask “what else could I be doing with this money?”. Instead of “why am I not in a better physical shape?” ask “what can I do to get into better physical shape”. Every day, everywhere you go ask: “What's the opportunity here?”
  • Remember that more than one road leads to your success. We don‘t get a map, so be happy with adjusting your course to get to your desired destination: your goals. Without a map, how can you get to where you are going?
  • Have a bias towards action. Don't let the perfect stand in the way of progress. Commit to something and then do it.
  • Sales & Marketing is a key skill. Sales pays the most. Marketing is a way to educate your customers to desire your product. (Fun fact: if your product sucks, great marketing only makes it fail faster.)
  • Live in the present. Past is gone, future is not known or knowable. Life is fragile. Enjoy the now, it’s all there is.
  • When you commit to something, do it. Make it part of your identity. Some call it GRIT, others TENACIOUSNESS. Whatever you call it, it’s the secret to greatness.
  • Think in bets. Be pragmatic. Test your product before building it, why take risks that you don’t have to take? The odds should be on your side. Own the “casino”, don’t be a gambler in your own business.
  • Success has a path that’s like a highway, dare I say “Fastlane”!. If you are on that path, things eventually will feel easy. They must.
  • Be a positive person. Use Steve Jobs’ Reality Distortion Field. Have faith in yourself and the energy within you to make something a reality. Steve Jobs had “reality distortion field” that no one thought what he said was possible, until it was done. It only takes 1 to make something possible. Typical sports example, after Roger Bannister’s 4 min mile, doctors thought it was impossible. Now most runners do it like it’s no big deal. Same with business.
  • Leverage: what is the highest and best use of your time? Leverage everything intelligently. Business leverage, 3 common ones to remember: money, people, technology. Get comfortable with all 3 and use all 3. Order doesn’t matter. Scale requires leverage.
  • Be an innovator. No matter whether you have a job or a business, innovate. It’s a skill, develop it. You cannot expect different and better results if you keep repeating what everyone has been doing. It’s ludicrous to think that way. Innovate. You are smart, you’ll figure it out. Use your head for thinking.
  • Live life on your own terms and think of it like a GAME. If life were a GAME, would you…? Games are fun, played with others, have some rules to follow and others to break, most players aren’t taking games too seriously… after all it’s just a game?


Any other ”28” year olds who’ve celebrated same birthday a few+ times? Post more wisdom to my ramblings!
 
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Pure gold!

Thank you so much for sharing!
 

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what is the highest and best use of your time?
Ask yourself this every day, specifically: "What is the best use of my time right now?"...
Live in the present.
Which accomplishes this...
#1 Ask better questions.
And this.

Another question to ask yourself at the end of the day if you reflect/journal is the question:
"Did I do myself justice today? If not, what will I do differently tomorrow?"

This habit can turn your life around. A daily cycle of Plan -> Act -> Adjust.
 

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