Your competition is not other people but the time you kill, the ill will you create, the knowledge you neglect to learn, the connections you fail to build, the health you sacrifice along the path, your inability to generate ideas, the people around you who don't support and love your efforts, and whatever god you curse for your bad luck.
The first rule of personal finance is that it's not personal and it's not financial. It's about your ability to make ten changes and not get too depressed over it.
Procrastination is your body telling you you need to back off a bit and think more about what you are doing.
I'm scammed almost every day. Or, if not scammed, at the very least someone tries to scam me. Usually more than once a day.
Quantity and persistence will get you the outcomes you need.
Don't time travel into the past, roaming through the nuances as if they can change. Don't bookmark pages you've already read.
Honesty is the fastest way to prevent a mistake from turning into a failure.
If two people believe in the same story, they might be thousands of miles apart and total strangers, but they still have a sense they can trust each other.
Poker is a skill game pretending to be a chance game.
It's hard to know which stars in the sky will turn into black holes. And which ones will open up worm holes into entire new universes.
Honesty is about the scars. It's about the blemishes. But it's more than just bragging about failure, which could be a form of ego. It's about truly helping people.
Don't forget: when you start a website, it's not yet a trusted site. So you have to bring people from a trusted site to your site to build up the trust in your site.
Don't stay at the job for safe salary increases over time. That will never get you where you want - freedom from financial worry. Only free time, imagination, creativity, and an ability to disappear will help you deliver value that nobody ever delivered before in the history of mankind.
Be honest about mistakes. Even if you are afraid of what people think.
Nobody wants to make me a rich man. In fact, most people want to make me a very poor man. I can guarantee some people fantasize at night about how poor they can make me.
I loved Internet businesses, having built and sold one. And I loved the financial business, despite the fact that it was almost all a scam.
Don't sweat it if you are stuck in the corporate job right now. But begin to plan ahead. I know from much personal experience that it takes 1-3 years to transition from total scratch to making a living from home in any career you want.
Everyone is an entrepreneur. The only skills you need to be an entrepreneur: an ability to fail, an ability to have ideas, to sell those ideas, to execute on those ideas, and to be persistent so even as you fail you learn and move onto the next adventure.
Life is better when your sinuses are clean, when your arteries are clean, and when your digestive tract is clean.
The American Dream never really existed. It was a marketing scam.