If you’ve read, watched, or listened to any of my content in the past, I’m sure you’re familiar with my belief that it’s a good idea to fail early. I always see your 20s (or before that if you’re able) as an excellent way to make as many mistakes as possible to gain experience and learn from those experiences. Why your 20s?
Well, it’s a time period where risk is cheap. As you age, you get more responsibilities and you’ll need to endure higher expectations. For this reason, a mistake can be more costly. If you have a wife or husband and kids, an investment gone wrong can impact you for years to come. It’s possible you may never recover. On the other hand, the same investment in your twenties might not be as harmful. You can work multiple jobs to recover your money or even start over in a different city or state if you need to. Typically, you have the means to be more mercurial and malleable. And this ability to bounce back from a blow in little to no time is an underrated asset. I intentionally went this route. I wanted to put my theories into practice. In college, a made a big risk by dropping my scholarship. As a result, I was forced to leave college and work tons of odd jobs that paid basically nothing.
It was tough. It sucked. But I think the experiences it gave me helped me develop in ways others never will. It was a blessing. I’ve tried multiple business projects that left me completely broke and both emotionally and financially in the negatives. There were even times when my credit cards were maxed out and canceled because the debt was so high.
But I practice what I preach. And I understand that a full sprint at my current age is absolutely necessary. As a single male, with a ton of energy and motivation, and no one else to be responsible for, I couldn’t spot a better time than now to go all out. If you’re reading this and you’re in your twenties or younger, I encourage you to do the same. I’m not suggesting you act recklessly. Admittedly, there were decisions I made that were probably too risky and not very well thought out.
But I do suggest you step outside of your comfort zone. WAY outside of your comfort zone. Leave the city you grew up in if you haven’t already. Don’t be afraid to form an entirely new friend group. Be willing to do it again and again and again. Job hop. Go from job to job to job to find out what fits best for you. Or, if you plan on going the entrepreneurial route, start the business today. Fail. Try it again and again. I truly believe that the lessons you learn from all of these experiments will be far more valuable than any amount of money you’ll earn. Now, with that being said, I believe that while it’s good to learn from mistakes, it’s even better to learn from the mistakes of others. Recently, I came out with a book called How I Fucked Up, which details some of the best lessons I learned over the past 10 years. These are lessons I learned while battling depression, struggling financially, and failing time and time again. While a good mistake can be invaluable, I understand that everyone has different tolerances for stress and failure. Many of the hardships I endured were difficult. To be honest, I think many people would have given up after year 1. Almost no one would dare endure 10+ years of the trials I had to face. Also, to be honest, I don’t necessarily think people should go through those experiences firsthand. Why go through pain when you can avoid it altogether? So, with that being said, I’d like to offer you a free copy of my book using the link here. Currently, it’s available to the masses on Amazon for the lowest price they’d let me offer it. However, since you’re here reading this, I assume you’re trying to improve yourself. At the very least, you’re curious about creating a better future for yourself. So, I’d like to give you the book for free so you can save your money to invest in yourself in other ways. Hopefully, this helps in some way! By the way, if you do enjoy the book and you’d like to repay me, the best thing you could possibly do would be to leave an honest review on Amazon. Bonus points if you leave an honest review on the page where the free version is located as well.
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