Entrepreneur Life: A Message to My Younger Self
To my younger self,
I’m going to tell you about your future and what you’re going to do with it. I know you’re trying not to hear anything from anybody. I know that a lot of this silliness that you’re doing and the things you’re filling your life with is your attempt to find happiness.
So what if I told you in the next four years, you’re going to make your first million dollars?
It’s going to be hard. I know how much you hate homework, but I’ve got one for you. I know you’ve paid people to do your homework so you can flip cars and clothes, but pay attention.
Always put your hubris aside. You don’t have to know everything right now to be successful. You just have to keep learning and growing. It’s not about being great but about being good every single day.
Find some mentors, learn what success looks like for them, and ditch your friends. You guys party and have a good time, and I know that deep down, you hate it. There’s something more for you in the world. You just don’t know what that looks like yet.
There are people out there that think as you do. Find them. Hang out with them. Associate with them and grow with them.
Learn, learn, and learn. Lean into that hard work and determination. Sometimes you have to roll up your sleeves and figure things out.
Remember, it’s not about perfection, but it’s about progress.
Lastly, success and happiness are not destinations. You’re going to make mistakes. It’s going to feel like you’re alone. All of the people you respect and admire have gone through it.
Te work that you’re going to be doing in the world requires you to push further than anybody else, even if it means falling flat on your face sometimes. When that happens, forgive yourself and keep pushing those ideas.
You have big, wild ideas that people just don’t see; the way you see them. Don’t lose the way you see the world, even if people don’t understand. It’s an amazing gift, so cherish that.
One more thing, dude, I love you. And I’m proud of you even with your current style choices. I’ll see you on the other side.