“Your twenties are always an apprenticeship, but you don’t always know what for.” - Jan Houtema
Another great answer on Quora that young people should take note because in the first 30 years of your life you make your habits, and then your habits make you:
Between 16 and about 30, life gives us incredible energy. After that, we have less energy and less time. As Franklin said, “Do ye love life? Then do not waste time, for that is the stuff life is made of.” You see, one of the great lessons of Western Civ is to delay gratification in hopes of a better reward down the road. Hence, the many compelling time-wasters of our day (mindless internet surfing, video games, texting, endless social media use, porn, bad relationships etc.,) –these are all a slow drip of poison for the life you hope to have. You can never get back those many hours wasted.
What should one do instead? Read, study and build skills. Listen to old people. Hone your ability to concentrate. You are now in the ‘habit-forming’ time of your life, that will carry forward for many years. Guard your integrity: your word, the quality of your friendships, the interests you allow yourself. Be fully in the moment; life is more interesting that way.
Brain-building - If you can’t concentrate and read a book for a few hours, work on it anyway. Until at least the age of 25, the brain is still developing its habits. Starve its craving for the video games you play, and feed its ability to focus on books or a study topic. This gets much easier with practice.
I consider Beautimy a tech/lifestyle brand so I’m greatly intrigued by the success of other such hybrid companies. How many times do I have to say I love Warby Parker?
TechCrunch wrote about the three things Warby Parker did to launch a successful lifestyle brand which is exactly what we’re prioritizing right now for Beautimy’s first year:
“There’s a strong business rationale for everything we do,” he said. “We’re doing good in the world.”
The company is a mere three years old and Blumenthal and the other founders spent a full year working on a few basic things, including building a narrative around the brand.
“We only invested into three things the first year: to start our first collection, our website, and PR,” he said. Blumenthal later talked up importance of having a socially responsible mission — in this case, the company’s buy a pair, donate a pair Do Good program — and the effect it could have on driving sales. According to Blumenthal, having that sort of vision increases customer loyalty and word of mouth buzz — right now, about half of Warby Parker’s sales are driven by word of mouth.
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Great reminder about one of the key determinants for success in a Forbe’s article written by Josh Linkner on grit:
Do you take personal responsibility instead of blaming others? Do you set clear goals and exhibit determination, albeit others’ beliefs? Do you exude self-confidence about the challenges stemming from “figuring it out”? There are innumerable challenges that come with entrepreneurship, no matter your intelligence, wealth or network pedigree. Because of the hurdles you’ll need to jump, a healthy dose of grit is a crucial trait, for any leader.
• A clear goal
• Determination despite others’ doubts
• Self-confidence about figuring it out
• Humility about knowing it doesn’t come easy
• Persistence despite fear
• Patience for the small stuff that obscures the path
• A code of ethics they live by
• Flexibility in the face of roadblocks
• A capacity for human connection and collaboration
• A recognition that accepting help does not equate to weakness
• A focus and appreciation of each step in the journey
• An appreciation of other people’s grit
• A loyalty that never sacrifices connections along the way
• An inner strength that brings them to their goal
“..getting the focus off the centeredness of your life on the business of serving. The irony of it is that when you get to the point where you’re able to do it and let go of that outcome, all of the stuff that you chased after and worked so hard for and figured you had to have, begins to chase after you and show up in your life. You’re no longer on the treadmill. It’s like a surrendering.”
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Here is what passion feels like, as Mike Hagen so eloquently puts:
You’ll know exactly what passion is when you have it. It’s what you’re thinking about when you’re waiting in line or driving your car. It’s what you’re dreaming about when your head hits the pillow at night. It’s what you’re doing any spare moment you have.
If it’s a startup you’re passionate about, you wake up every morning, bouncing off the walls excited to get to work. Days just fly by. At the end of each day you have a hard time leaving the office, not because there’s a lot of work (though there always is), but because it doesn’t feel like work at all. You love it. And when you’re home, you’re working. And if you’re not working, you’re thinking about working. Your mind feels like it’s about to explode with excitement. Your body shakes with optimism. There aren’t enough hours in the day. Your friends/significant other have to drag you away and force you to eat, sleep, exercise or hang out. It consumes you. It’s life and it’s *the* life. It’s a fantastic feeling.
We got one shot at this thing called life. Follow your passions today. Tomorrow might never arrive.
But you don’t need someone else to tell you how it feels like, you have to experience it yourself.
I thoroughly enjoyed Andrew Mason’s charming farewell letter to Groupon when he got fired, but here’s another thing that placed a smile on my face and made me fall in love with Digg – Digg’s blog post on monetization.
We don’t want to build a product, we want to build a sustainable product — one that lasts a long time and ultimately touches hundreds of millions of people. Today, our product is about 1% done, but waiting to experiment with monetization models until the product has reached some notion of maturity would be a mistake. In reality, our product will never be “finished,” and designing the business separate from the product would result in a disconnected experience that does a disservice to both.
And that is exactly what we stand by here at Beautimy. We want to build something that lasts and that means that there is a lot of experimenting to do. Our work is never completed.
When written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” John F. Kennedy