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What would you do at 16?

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    What would you do if you were 16 right now?
    What skills would you learn? Would you start a business? Would you go to college after graduating?
    Answer these and drop any more helpful info. Hopefully this thread can help out some young entrepreneurs out there.
     
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    I'd live life as if it were there for me to conquer it. I'd study, party, and respect my parents.

    Business can wait. I'd enjoy being 16 and not take myself too seriously.

    Relax.
     
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    I'm 16 right now, I study, party, hang out with friends, and have a business, I only work usually like an hour or maybe two a day, but I find that hour to be the part of the day I look forward to. My grades have actually been dropping because of lack of focus in school lately, I feel like all I can think about is the next move I'm going to make in my business, which can be a bad thing. But on a good note I no longer have to ask my parents to pay for me to eat out, ask them to buy me stuff that I really want, or have them transfer me money all the time. My only regret was I didnt start earlier. If I were you I would START NOW on learning and try to take a stab at starting up something. Maybe try flipping on craigslist, or look into importing ( both something you can start with very little money). But let me warn you, once you get your first customer, you might become addicted ;)
     
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    Look at life as a game where your objective is to win your freedom.

    You begin the game enslaved, ordained to servitude sanctified by culture, tradition, and social mores.

    Your objective in the game is to escape enslavement by sorting out the rules and propaganda that govern the game, which to ignore, which to leverage, and which to defy. In this game you collect experience points (failures, successes), gold (money), tools, assets, and tweak your character skills (learning new things).

    Begin knowing that your knowledge of this game is half the battle -- those trapped in the game have no idea they're being gamed.
     
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    Learn sales: candy, drinks, mechanical pencils, pens. Careful not to get caught by admin, they don't like competition ;)
    Learn networking: join clubs, organize school events, fundraisers
     
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    I would get really good at a few relating things that people above 30 years old are afraid of, confused by, or think is below them.

    Don't worry about enjoying being 16 too much.. I personally wish I cared less about friends and entertainment back then and invested more into expertise. It was fun and all but the real value there is minimal compared to other things I could have been doing.
     
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    Youth is wasted on the young.
     
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    Interesting theme, phrasing life as a "game."

    Just as those trapped in "The Matrix" have no idea that they are trapped in "The Matrix."



    I think you nailed it here, and herein lies the challenge for many people: The process of "sorting out the rules and propaganda that govern the game" is itself an action; it is a conscious thought process that, if properly done, eliminates bullshit and hones in on the truth.

    While books like 48 Laws of Power or Think and Grow Rich can certainly help us out philosophically and even mentally with focus and awareness, @Ubermensch regards TMF as the most helpful book for hustlers, based solely on the high degree of practical information. Simply put, no other book in existence describes the "how" of making money so... simply.

    It would be interesting to perform some TMF case studies and draw correlations between a company's success (in terms of revenue, profit, market share captured, etc) and its alignment with CENTS.
     
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    Find something and master it.

    It could be an entrepreneurial skill, a musical instrument, a foreign language, any number of things.

    By achieving excellence in something you'll develop an ingrained belief that you can conquer anything you really go after.
     
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    1) Public speaking. The benefit from not being afraid to go and talk to people is HUGE. Business is all about meeting people. Before you can sell you need to be comfortable talking.

    2) Start some form of a business with the only goal being to learn about how to run a business. When you make money it will be an added bonus, but dont stress so much about earning $X.

    When you dont focus on money at first, you will be more willing to take risks and try things out. The risks are where you are going to learn things you can apply to later ventures.
     
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    pay attention to only two subjects in school; foreign languages and perhaps economics. I would start working on a trade/skill that can enable me to work even as early as 9-10 (a trade would be better since most state laws claim that you need to be 16 just to start working at a min. wage job)
     
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    means to make money
     
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    Was this ever a featured post? It should be. Or made into a movie, one of the two.
     
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    Begin mastering a skill.
     
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    Learn sales.
    Train Jiu Jitsu+Muay thai.
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    Make a lot of mistakes. Fast.
    Learn from every mistake.
    Party it up.
    Make friends.
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    Thanks for the suggestion, just featured it.
     
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    Turning 17 next month though I've had a good year of learning and a bit of action so I don't regret anything.There is some stuff I'd change but If I couldn't I wouldn't regret it.

    If you're 16 just focus on making value all by yourself, without help.The more you throw yourself at the deep end the better you'll get at swimming.Creating a school club focused on business could be super beneficial too.I just recently started an Entrepreneurship club and our first meeting is next Tuesday, This will be the last big event of my 16th year as I intend to maintain it all the way to graduation.I'll update you guys with what happened.

    Like others have said though, take time to enjoy yourself you won't be a teenager forever.
     
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    (whispering) Will that be in the new book???:asshat::wacky:
     
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    Not sure that an entrepreneurship club would really happen at my school. A grand total of 400 some kids are in my high school. I like the idea though. I also try to keep business out of school.
     
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    I think this carries over into industries.

    Once you start to learn the "game" of an industry, you're way ahead of even most employees in that game.

    I'm currently working in the international weapon sales game. You wouldn't believe how many little companies make amazing products, yet have no idea how to get clearance to sell them internationally. Folks in my office routinely leave to either consult for high 6-figure sums, or are hired as senior VPs at major defense contractors. None of it is rocket science...they just know the game (and get paid handsomely for it).

    If you can one-up the game and change the rules slightly (say, create an IT system or course that helps companies avoid paying consultants in my weapons game), you can make a fortune.
     
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    I'd do what i'm doing now but not as intensely.
    I wish i knew about fastlane at 16, i'd never have gone to college...
    You got the world at your fingertips kid.
     
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    Ah to be 16 again... do your best not to take romantic relationships toooo seriously, so many young people (I did it when I was 16!) give up a lot of time, experiences and personal development trying to keep someone else happy. Focus on your happiness, and if you meet someone thats compatible with that then enjoy the experience!

    Don't feel like any job is beneath you, earning money, working with people and for people is fantastic, working at KFC for 6 months at 15 taught me more about customer service, efficient processes, managing other workers, then I could of ever learnt at school.

    Have fun!! its a great age to be, the worlds at your feet.
     
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    I believe you couldn't have been more wrong.

    Maintaining a serious relationship since I was 13 (a total of slightly over 5 years now) taught me more lessons than anything else in my life. It made me more mature and showed that once "you've made it", you still have to put in the work to keep the results. It taught me that everything worth having in life requires consistency, care, focus and it never comes easy!

    It's just as being a successful entrepreneur.
    When you're at the beginning, you're told that you won't make it. You're too young, too immature, inexperienced etc. When you finally make it, people try to justify your success by luck.

    Right now I get told that I'm lucky.
    All the friends are like "Awww, I wish I was lucky enough to find THE ONE too". Let me tell you one thing, believe it or not, but there is no such thing as "soulmate". Every relationship requires tremendous amount of work. You go clubbing every week to bang easy chicks and yet you expect to find a "true love"? Come on bro.

    Maybe I am lucky, in fact, I am the luckiest man alive, but that didn't come easy. Hundreds of fights, tears, even breakups made me the person I am today.

    Honestly I could name a 100 lessons I've learned, but I think you get the point.

    PS: Do you know how uplifting it is when of all people that crossed you out, there's still that 1 person that believes in you, even though you've lost hope yourself?