In no particular order…
1. Prioritize learning.
- Start early
- Read a lot. 2-3 hours a day, at least
2. Don’t talk about doing stuff. Do stuff.
3. Figure out what you like. Try to become the best in the world at it.
- If you start early, you will have time to change your mind.
- Don’t worry if it’s not “prestigious” or won’t make you a lot of money. If you’re good at it, you’ll make it prestigious.
- Read “How to Do What You Love” by Paul Graham http://www.paulgraham.com/love.html
4. Experience stuff.
- Watch epic movies/books/music
- Go on adventures (road trips, travel to other countries)
- Talk to interesting people and really LISTEN
5. Spoil yourself on the stuff that matters.
- Eat well, sleep well, drink (water) well
- Buy a good bed (you spend ⅓ of your life in your bed)
- Buy a good computer (since you will spend so much time on it)
- Similarly, good chair, keyboard, mouse, etc.
6. Ignore the opposite sex until you are 20.
- Middle school / high school romance is pointless
- Or, if that’s too broad a statement, then at the very least don’t feel bad if you don’t have a girlfriend/boyfriend before age 20. You’re not “missing out” — in the grand scheme of things, it’s not very important.
7. Work hard to get into college.
- In high school, try to get all A’s — even when the class is unpleasant.
- University is such a formative experience, you’ll make lifelong friends and business partners, and learn a ton about yourself.
- ^ You’ll want to do this at the best possible school you can get into.
8. Don’t worry about your grades.
- Once in college, don’t worry about grades (caveat: unless you plan to go to grad school, especially law or PhD programs, or apply for a competitive job)
- Optimize for learning and personal happiness
- Find time for side projects
9. Be genuine. Be nice.
- Being a generally nice person will make you so many awesome lifelong friends
- Being genuine is freeing since you can just be yourself with everyone you know — you won’t have to worry about keeping lies straight in your head
10. Learn to delay gratification.
- Ability to delay gratification predicts future success (http://www.ted.com/talks/joachim…)
- Those who succumb to pressures and do what’s immediately satisfying miss out on later satisfaction.
- Ex: Kids in high school who partied every night are bagging groceries at Safeway now, while those who delayed that “fun” for just a few more years get to work at their dream job for the rest of their lives
This is brilliant. Wish I had known it earlier