I wrote a letter to a younger version of myself. It was written with the thought that the 10 year younger version of me would learn from it.
Put down that beer, game controller or remote. This is a letter from yourself written 10 years in the future. I want to pass along what I think you should know. In no particular order:
You have one chance. ONE! One chance to get lucky. One chance to get rich. ONE chance to make your dreams reality. Do not squander it.
Create a balance between entertainment and LIFE. Do not spend too much time at the bar or in front of a TV or computer screen.
Set a small, simple goal. Push EVERYTHING else away and accomplish it. Then set another one. Trust me. It feels good to get shit done. Don’t tell yourself you can’t do something. Anytime you think the word CAN’T, change it to CAN.
Do not let ANYONE tell you that you can’t do something! NEVER, EVER give up on yourself.
When you lay your head on your pillow, ask yourself: “What have I done today to become a better person?”
Divide massive tasks up into small ones and knock them off one at a time.
If there’s somebody that’s toxic in your life get rid of them.
Surround yourself with positive friends who always have your back.
Keep your head up, your shoulders back and walk tall. Look people in the eye. Give EVERYONE YOU MEET a heartfelt and genuine SMILE. Always wear that smile on both the outside and inside. Attitude breeds determination. Determination breeds success.
Fear can eat you up inside. TAME IT! Do whatever you have to do to control it. Don’t let fear decide who you are.
Ask yourself: Can you take what you’re learning at your current job with you to the next? Learn these skills: remembering peoples names, time management, prioritization. They are invaluable in anything that you do.
Find something you enjoy doing and get paid for it. If you’re not doing what you enjoy, immediately stop and move on. If you take away anything from this letter, this is the most important point.
There are fantastic people to meet, moments to experience and wilds to explore out there. I encourage you to:
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