Avoid the risk of not trying and the regret of wishing you had.
For most people, the idea of chasing a personal passion or being entrepreneurial is simply something they don't think of themselves doing. We're so programmed to walk well-trodden paths. But, we live life only once. So, rather than avoiding the risk of trying, avoid the risk of not trying. Nothing is more haunting than thinking, ‘I wish I had...’."
Spend wisely early in life so you can achieve the financial independence to follow your dreams.
Be strategic and thoughtful with expenses at an early age so that you can afford to pursue your passions. Controlling your expenses is one of the most crucial steps toward the kind of financial independence that you need in order to follow your dreams in the future.
Learn from great people.
One of the most important things you can do is to surround yourself with great people, and to listen to them.
Focus on what makes you truly happy.
Stop doing what makes you unhappy and focus on what makes you truly happy. This philosophy, strongly advocated by the Dalai Lama, seems simplistic but its power lies in the fact that it forces you to reflect on what is really important to you and not be distracted by what other people think.
Work as hard as you can, and then work harder.
Ultimately, hard work is what is going to make you successful.
Take the time to listen.
Focus on listening rather than rushing to come up with a quick, yet uninformed, response.
Surround yourself with leaders in your field.
Whatever vocation you decide on, track down the best people in the world at doing it and surround yourself with them. Aim high and be ridiculously persistent. Your happiness is at the intersection of your passions and learning from great people.
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