Do you know what?
During my scheduled research times to build topics for this blog I come across some pretty interesting people and some pretty interesting ideas.
I am constantly amazed at how intelligent people can be if given the proper avenues to express themselves.
The internet, the websites, the blogs and even the social media sites are by far the most innovative ways for the general public to express themselves without the often dangerous repercussions of face-to-face confrontations.
Never, in the history of the world, has it been so easy to express yourself ( just the way you want to let me add) without the fear of personal judgement , recrimination or embarrassment.
With the internet, it is simple to speak your mind, offer advice, make suggestions, expound on wishes and dreams, investigate personal phobias and even dabble in the darker taboos of life...................much like I do in my blog. LOL
It seems like anything and everything you have ever been interested in or curious about is being discussed somewhere by someone in this world.
You just have to find it.
I find it and I pass it on to you.
The choice is yours as to whether you do anything with it.
Today, I am going to share some very intriguing wisdom I found in a blog from a 31 year old "kid" who has a damn good perspective on life already.
His name is Julien Smith.
This "kid" is the CEO of Breather, an on-demand space company, as well as the New York Times bestselling author of three books.
At 31, he is what I aspire part of my life to be.
Julien has been an author, a CEO, a professional voice actor, a radio broadcaster, and a consultant and speaker at some of the largest corporations in the world.
In retrospect, I was clueless.
I married for the wrong reasons.
I fell into my business out of laziness and the fear of failure in chasing what my true passions were.
I was young, stupid, short-sighted and had no plans or real direction set for my life.
In fact, I didn't even know I had to plan and create a direction for my life.
Rather than diving into the gory details let me tell you why I brought all of this up.
Julien posted a blog back in 2012 called "20 Things I Should Have Known at 20."
What I really like about Julien's blog is how he titled it.
It's not "What I WISH I Had Known" but "What I SHOULD Have Known."
2. Do not have faith in institutions to educate you. By the time they build the curriculum, it’s likely that the system is outdated– sometimes utterly broken. You both learn and get respect from people worth getting it from by leading and doing, not by following.
3. Read as much as you can. Learn to speed read with high retention. Emerson Spartz taught me this while I was at a Summit Series event. If he reads 2-3 books a week, you can read one.
4. Connect with everyone, all the time. Be genuine about it. Learn to find something you like in each person, and then speak to that thing.
5. Don’t waste time being shy. Shyness is the belief that your emotions should be the arbitrators of your decision making process when the opposite is actually true.
7. Have as much contact as possible with older people. Personally, I met people at Podcamps. My friend Greg, at the age of 13, met his first future employer sitting next to him on a plane. The reason this is so valuable is because people your age don’t usually have the decision-making ability to help you very much. Also they know almost everything you will learn later, so ask them.
8. Find people that are cooler than you and hang out with them too. This and the corollary are both important: “don’t attempt to be average inside your group. Continuously attempt to be cooler than them (by doing cooler things, being more laid back, accepting, ambitious, etc.).”
9. You will become more conservative over time. This is just a fact. Those you surround yourself with create a kind of “bubble” that pushes you to support the status quo. For this reason, you need to do your craziest stuff NOW. Later on, you’ll become too afraid. Trust me.
10. Reduce all expenses as much as possible. I mean it. This creates a safety net that will allow you to do the crazier shit I mentioned above.
12. While you are living on the cheap, solve the money problem. Use the internet, because it’s like a cool little machine that helps you do your bidding. If you are currently living paycheck to paycheck, extend that to three weeks instead of two. Then, as you get better, you can think a month ahead, then three months, then six, and finally a year ahead. (The goal is to get to a point where you are thinking 5 years ahead.)
13. Learn to program.
14. Get a six-pack (or get thin, whatever your goal is) while you are young. Your hormones are in a better place to help you do this at a younger age. Don’t waste this opportunity, trust me.
15. Learn to cook. This will make everything much easier and it turns food from a chore + expensive habit into a pleasant + frugal one. I’m a big Jamie Oliver fan, but whatever you like is fine.
17. Get a reminder app for everything. Do not trust your own brain for your memory. Do not trust it for what you “feel like” you should be doing. Trust only the reminder app. I use RE.minder and Action Method.
18. Choose something huge to do, as well as allowing the waves of opportunity to help you along. If you don’t set goals, some stuff may happen, but if you do choose, lots more will.
19. Get known for one thing. Spend like 5 years doing it instead of flopping around all over the place. If you want to shift afterwards, go ahead. Like I said, choose something.
20. Don’t try to “fix” anyone. Instead, look for someone who isn’t broken.
These are very compelling statements.
They bristle with insight beyond his years.
Their message and meaning offer huge value for folks of any age.
I could do a separate blog on each of these 20 topics.
Maybe I will.
What do you think?
If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting or even funny I bet your friends would to.
It's easy to tell them about it.
Forward it on to them or just email them my blog link at www.survive55.com.
The more Baby Boomers we can help, the better place we make this world !!!
Thanks for joining me..........................................................