Eighteen

18 things I learned at 18 years old.


  1. Be patient. Let them laugh. Let them speculate, but the patience in challenging the status quo will result in success, but only if you put in the hard work. There's nothing deadlier than a silent hustler.
  2. Gain humility. Be humble. Be gracious. Spread knowledge, but don't force it. You are not special. You are, just as everyone else, different.
  3. Don't worry about the destination. Enjoy the journey, good or bad. A car only needs headlights to see where it's going. You'll see the destination when you get there.
  4. "Nothing is certain until it's in the past." Wise words from my friend Sean. You can't guarantee that something will be in your favour until it happened yesterday.
  5. Discipline obliterates inspiration. If a car was powered by inspiration, it would only start when it felt like it. But discipline forces it to start and do its job regardless how it feels.
  6. Happiness requires pain. Do what you have to do in order to do what you want to do.
  7. The paint behind the fence matters. Every detail, minute or significant, needs to be addressed yet prioritised. The littlest breadcrumbs mold a sandwich.
  8. Don't be afraid to ask. Ask something. Ask someone. Follow your curiosity. Nurture it. 
  9. Awareness is the foundation of identity. Be aware of who you are and what you do; be aware of who you want to be and what you want to do.
  10. Money buys convenience. You can do a lot of things without money, but you can do a lot of things easier with money.
  11. You are the great catch. Don't try to win her. Let her win you, if she desires to.
  12. You are responsible for creating your own happiness. There are people who can make you happier, but no one can make you happy. You don't put great tires on a car without an engine and wonder why it isn't moving.
  13. Life experience. Life experiences aren't essentially about travelling to Bora Bora. Life experiences build upon the ups and downs you have in life, what you learn from them, and how you apply that knowledge towards something internal or external.
  14. "Feck perfuction," a good mentor of mine, named James Victore, claims. Perfect is boring. But to be human is beautiful and necessary.
  15. "As you think, you shall become."
  16. Knock on every door until someone answers. Opportunities are brilliantly disguised as closed doors.
  17. There will always be more. Look at what you have and enjoy it.
  18. Take it easy. You're only 18. You haven't made any ripples in the pond, but you're splashing—you're doing something.