14. Learn Sales
Sales is one of the most valuable skills you can learn, regardless what business you’re in. If you want to get ahead in life, you have to sell yourself and your skills every day. Even before you got into entrepreneurship and sales, you will learn that you have to sell your vision to get people to believe in you. Even in this society , getting a job is just the same like promoting yourself to be hired by the company. Achieving more sales and more regular sincere clients are from how you make people to trust in your “unique selling point”.
13. Travel often, explore the world
One of my biggest regrets from uni was that I never studied abroad. I firmly believe in the quote, “Travelling is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” I don’t travel nearly as much as I’d like to, but every time I do, I make memories that I won’t soon forget and learn something about the place I visit, as well as about myself. You probably know by now that it feels amazing to step out of your comfort zone and experience another different culture as a whole. This experience has opened up your mind in so many ways that weren’t possible when you were younger, and you should be proud of it.
12. Don’t take anything for granted
I have taken many things for granted in my life, including relationships, friendships, and opportunities. When you take things for granted, they will eventually disappear from your life. When you have a good thing going in your life, appreciate it, hold it close and never take it for granted. Nothing lasts forever and you never know when it’s too late, so don’t ever take anything for granted.
11. You can’t please everyone
When I came to the realisation that it’s impossible to please everyone, my life became much easier. I was taught in my previous company that if you aim for every target, you’ll probably miss them all. Don’t worry about the people you can’t make happy, just focus on the important people in your life that you can.
10. The World doesn’t owe you anything
I quickly learned that the world didn’t owe me s**t and I would need to grind for everything I wanted in life. I know too many people at my age who feel they are entitled to certain things. Entitlement is the opposite of hard work and while hard work is difficult, it’s necessary for success. You thought you needed certain things like money to be happy. You will eventually learn that we are the catalyst of our own happiness and it’s much easier to be happy than bitter. Why show to people when you’re in bad mood. They don’t owe you the duty to please you anyway, they will probably stay away from you and dodging you from your weird mood swing.
9. Confidence is Everything
Confidence is the key to becoming successful at pretty much anything in life. People admire and trust confident people due to the fact that confidence is the main indicator of competence. I noticed that when I began really believing in myself and my abilities, others began believing in me as well. How do you want people to believe you when you do not speak confidently at all. Yet, confidence does not come from appearance, appearance only acts as first impression to people. Confidence is built up from your abilities to learn, skills and day to day personal development.
8. Fail Fast, Fail Often
For any successes that people obtained over their 25 years, there have been exponentially more failures. Failures are the lessons of future successes. Many people will never try something because they fear failure. You should embrace failure, as it means that you at least had the balls to try. If you really want something, you have to be willing to fail to get it. Learn from the mistake and promise yourself there won’t be the same next time. This is how we gain experience.
7. Entrepreneurship is not a job
Entrepreneurship is not a job or a profession, it’s a calling. I originally chose entrepreneurship as a life target because I thought it sounded cool. It is the most difficult thing you ever imagine in your life. Don’t think of entrepreneurship as a job, think of it as a lifestyle and part of learning. You never know how much efforts have those entrepreneur put on before become a successful entrepreneur. Almost all of them were once an ordinary staff in a company and have gone through the toughest moment, fail and stand up, almost go through bankrupt. Entrepreneurship sounds glamorous, but nothings come easy. There’s always loss and gain, you probably won’t gain anything if you never think of sacrifice something as stone step. If you feel tired, please to be reminded that “it’s just the beginning.”
6. Keep learning, Don’t Waste your Time
There is something positive about not knowing everything—you get to learn. And learning never stops. In fact, even though we’re turning 25, the truth is, we don’t know much and there’s so much more to learn. Keep your eyes wide open, listen and try to absorb many new things every day. Don’t waste your time, do something valuable and worthy on weekends, buy some books and read them up, attend seminars, talks which can develop positive energy and thinking to recharge you on the following weeks.
5. Choose your Friends Wisely
From the day we were born until now, we have met a lot of people. Some of them stay with us through the good and the bad, while some just come around when they need something from us. It’s not possible to keep everyone; the chemistry can stray away or you might outgrow each other. That’s okay. Keep the real ones for life and you will have some amazing friendships. You can have many friends, but it’s enough to only have few truly best friends who you can share your happiness or sadness with them. Don’t waste your time on people or things that have a negative impact on your life. I learned to filter out people who didn’t deserve to be there and not waste my time on anything that wasn’t going to help me succeed in life.
4. Networking is ridiculous Important
There really is some truth to the saying, “It’s not what you know but who you know.” You will get countless leads, job offers, and introductions in your career. You never know — a connection you make today may lead to an opportunity tomorrow. Attend seminars, conference, talks and make friends in high places. When you’re 23, people or interviewer who attend you during a job interview may ask you what do you know, but when you’re 25, they may ask you “who do you know.” So, stop staying on your social network, stop scrolling down your FB newsfeed, go out to make new friends.
3. Your Health is your most Valuable Assets
Out of all the assets that I possess (although you don’t now), my health is by far the most valuable. I am reminded of this every time I, or anyone close to me, gets seriously sick or injured and even have to lie on the bed for their entire life. Imagine that you’re rich enough, but you psychologically are not strong, insomnia every nights, visiting hospital every weeks. You can have all the riches in the world, but if you’re not healthy enough to enjoy them, they are useless.
2. Your Family is everything
When everything else fails, your family will have your back. Remember that they will be the only one to assist you in your career, start-up a business, give you honest advise which other people won’t tell. And if you have amazing friends, you consider them family as well. Cherish your family because even if you lose everything else, you still have them. Respect that they are getting older and cherish every moment you’ve got with them while they’re still here because they won’t be around forever.
1. Life goes on
I have had failed in my career, made careless & serious mistakes, get scolded by clients, bosses and relationships that I thought were going to be “the one”. Even though, at the time, it felt like my life is screwed up, I eventually learned that there will always be other opportunities. Failure is a part of life and no matter what happens to you, if you’re still breathing, life goes on!