If you missed it yesterday, it was my 25th birthday.
Usually, I like to celebrate with a few beers and a great meal.
This year was a bit different.
I was sick the entire day (thus why this blog post is a day late).
If you guys follow me on Periscope, you will know that this is pretty typical. I tend to get sick 2-3 times per month with stomach issues.
As I was sitting on the couch recovering, I had some time to sit and think.
Over the last 25 years, I have learned a lot.
Trust me. I know that I still have a lot to learn, but I have learned a few things. I want to share those with you and hope that you can learn a thing or two from this as well.
- Question everything. Just because something has always been done “this way” doesn’t mean that it is the best way. Too many people settle with the status quo. When you settle for the status quo, you are setting yourself up to be average. Who the hell wants to be average?! If you follow “what everyone does,” you will be working for someone else for the rest of your life and never enjoying your life.
- Don’t believe everything you hear or read. Sure. You can learn a lot from other people, but you need to actually do your own research. I have had many people tell me that something is impossible, yet I find myself doing exactly what was “impossible.” I really appreciate learning from other’s mistakes, but I still need to make my own mistakes. I have given myself the title of an honorary Mythbuster. I put everything to the test and learn from my successes and failures (and explosions when they happen).
- Time is your most valuable asset. Time is a valuable thing. Watch it pass by as the pendulum swings. Watch it tick down til the under of the day. It’s so unreal. Ok – Enough Linkin Park….I do have to say that time is hands down my most valuable asset. Those who learn how to leverage it are the ones who will be the most successful. If you don’t, you will waste it and watch it go right out the window (yeah – see what I did there).
- Karma is a real thing. The biggest advantage I have in life and in business is that I am genuinely a nice guy. Sure. I can be a smart ass at times, but I truly care about people. I have noticed the more that I give away and the more that I help people, the more I get in return. Although that isn’t what drives me to be a nice person, it is refreshing to know that nice guys actually do finish first 🙂
- Nothing is ever guaranteed. No one owes you anything. If you continue to think you are “entitled” to something, you are going to be at the mercy of someone else. I have seen many of people who had a “guaranteed” pension watch it disappear right before their eyes. The only guarantee in life is change.
I know that I have (hopefully) a long live ahead of me to continue to learn, grow, and live! Thanks for taking the time to be a part of this wonderful community and I challenge you to challenge yourself each and every day.