What can I start doing now that will help me a lot in about five years?
If you do anything, do this first one: learn how to work hard and stick with something.
Learn how to turn off Facebook and control your addiction to social media. You’ll instantly be ahead of 90% of your generation.
Video games are a time sink. If you can play for an hour and say “That was fun, let’s do something else” then you’re OK. Otherwise, just get rid of them.
Pick up an athletic hobby that you can do through the years, or your sedentary academic lifestyle will do horrible things to your posture, back and gut.
Learn how to deal with interpersonal conflicts. Read Crucial Conversations and practice – it’s a lifechanger(slameless plug: Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition)
Learn as much programming as you can. It’s never a bad idea to learn a programming language.
Learn how to display data in R.
Learn how to talk on the phone with people you don’t know. It still terrifies most people. Get a phone sales job and quit after a few weeks.
Start some kind of little side venture to learn entrepreneurial principles.
Start a window washing business, buy and sell stuff on Craigslist, do anything. You might need them if you’re in between jobs.
Take a course on statistics and how they’re misused, specifically how faulty causal arguments are made. It will change the way you approach almost any discussion, quantitative or not.
Always have a private place where you can talk out loud to God every day. Even if you’re not religious or don’t believe in God. Talk out loud to the universe.
Sort out your thoughts, verbalize them, and then write down what comes to mind. Something wiser than you is listening and responding, even if it’s just another side of you.
Use Mint to track your expenses. Make a budget and learn how to stick to it.
Learn to live lean now while you can, so you won’t be forced to later on.
Learn a foreign language, but only if you anticipate using it.
Learn how to network. Read “Never Eat Alone.”(plug). Hint: it’s about doing things for other people.
Learn how to cook tasty, cheap food.
Find music that inspires you and makes you feel alive. Listen to it every morning and if it’s something embarrassing just don’t tell your friends about it.
Save up a few thousand dollars and go somewhere crazy with a few friends. Live in a hostel for a few weeks. It will change your life and you will think about it forever.
When someone promises you easy money,run the other way. Yes, it IS a scam.
Read a book a week. When you get ridiculously wealthy, read a book a day. Read fiction too.
David Cannon - founder
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