Whether or not you’re a recent graduate, or for those reading this who are long past their high school years, don’t worry – I think you all might pick up on some good tips here as well. After all, entrepreneurship knows no age (repeat that to yourself a couple of times).
1. You Can Be An Entrepreneur And You Should Be
Entrepreneurship means building your own destiny, your own path. Not following in the footsteps of your parents or your professors or your friends – doing your own thing. It means exploring your creative genius and putting it to work to create something new and magical, and sharing it with the world.
The point is that you should allow yourself to enjoy life without constraints, and entrepreneurship can be that for you. School tries to teach you how to be a good employee, how to follow the rules, color within the lines and obey authority – but that’s not what we’re built for. Become an entrepreneur and build something, create something, keep dreaming, keep doing.
2. College Is Mostly Useless, But Go Anyway
A lot of people major in a field that in no way shape or form relates to their career field. Unless you plan to be a doctor, lawyer, etc., your college degree probably won’t matter much either. However, I wouldn’t say it’s a bad thing to have one.
While you’re pursuing your studies, I encourage you to learn as much as you can. Ask questions, ask stupid questions. Read books and not just what your teacher assigns you. Never stop learning, ever.
3. Say No To Bad Debt
Avoid bad debt at all costs. Fresh out of college, you’ll be tempted. Starting your career doesn’t mean buying a brand new car that you don’t need, or a house to convince yourself and others that you’re a true adult. Because I promise you, bad debt is not the action of a disciplined, responsible adult.
4. The Choices You Make Now Will Echo Into Your Future
have fun, make mistakes and explore. It is. But don’t believe for one moment that the choices you make have no lasting consequences.
Life is not a vacuum, and although I encourage you to have fun, make mistakes and explore – before you do anything, remember that your choices will have lasting consequences.. Everything you do affects everything else. So have fun, treat people right, and live responsibly.
If there is one piece of advice you could give your younger-self, what would it be?