10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 18

This is one of my ’10 idea lists’. I thought it was an interesting one and a lot of the realizations on this list have come throught he process of the SDMBA I am going through. I believe I will look at the last year as an inflection point in my life.

  1. A college education is overrated. Traditional education is not really that useful and they don’t teach you how to have a serious impact
  2. Money is only as useful as your freedom to utilize it
  3. You do not have to be rich to travel the world
  4. The secret to a fulfilling life is finding and following your passion.
  5. The deferred life plan doesn’t make any sense 
  6. Read The 4 Hour Workweek, Choose Yourself, and Think and Grow Rich to develop a desire for sense of purpose
  7. There is such a thing as a ‘sweet spot’ where your talents, passion, and value meet- find that spot
  8. Everything is temporary, so don’t take anything for granted- time, friends, health, money, possessions
  9. Time is your most precious resource, and it is also most often taken for granted
  10. You don’t have to follow a prescribed life. The easiest, ‘least scary’, path is to go to college and get good grades and there is nothing wrong with that. The point is that it is the easy way to go. You will not REALLY learn anything in college that you would need to do whatever you want (unless you want to be a doctor, lawyer, or other profession that needs some letters after your name). The point here is it is easy to look at college as this big gateway you need to pass through to get a ‘good job’ in the 21st century. In reality you could say it is much more of a purgatory where you make major life decisions on your career path that will change your life forever. College teaches you some of the knowledge you will need in your career, but it does a terrible job of helping you find what makes you tick. You need to find it on your own. In college people make life decisions because “yeah I liked my finance class, i think i will major in finance and have a 40 year career in finance”. I hear the first half of this sentence in almost every interview I conduct. These decisions have major life consequences.

RG

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