PHASE ONE: GET MY MIND RIGHT
ACTION #1: Break the chains - I wish I made the decision earlier. I didn't. I was scared. Anxious. Nervous. I knew once I made the decision, there was no going back.
Don't be like me.
ACTION #2: Cut off every negative person in your life.
Scroll through the contacts in your phone...
Delete any and all names that fill you with doubt and negativity.
ACTION #3: Condition your mind to embrace the producer mindset instead of the consumer mindset.
Consume 20% of the time. Produce 80% of the time.
Visualize yourself already having the money as you write.
Does it work?
PHASE TWO: EDUCATION
ACTION #5: Learn Copywriting
Greatest skill = Sales
Master it and you master the game of money.
It's really that simple.
ACTION #6: Learn how to code.
Second greatest skill = To build.
If you know how to do both, you become a machine who can print money at will.
PHASE THREE: MASSIVE ACTION
ACTION #7: Use your copy and coding skills to build and sell. Build and sell. Build and sell.
Then sell, sell, sell.
Experiment like crazy until you achieve *initial* success.
ACTION #8: Make a list of 50 people who've done what you want to do.
Use your copy skills and your *initial* success to position yourself as a "high-value" young kid who is HUNGRY for MASSIVE success and is willing to do whatever it takes.
Ask to apprentice under them for FREE.
One person will bite.
ACTION #9. Create 5 bank accounts. And allocate a certain % of every dime you make to the following accounts:
A. Self-Education Account
B. Travel Account
C. Investment Account
D. Fun Account
Note: Most of your $'s should be reinvested into your biz.
Ideally people who are a few steps ahead of you.
It's easier to make a $1 million/year when everyone around you is making $5 million.
ACTION #11. Make a list of everything that scares the living fuck out of you.
ACTION #12: Don't listen to people who say, "Oh you have your entire life to figure it out. Take it easy."
Before you know it, the years will pass you by.
And you won't have nothing going.
ACTION #13: Don't become a self-help junkie.
Stop reading for the sake of accumulating knowledge you think you'll use "one-day."
Any worthwhile skill is learned in the trenches.
Not inside a book.
ACTION #14: Do take long walks every day.
Morning or evening.
It may lead you to discovering the secrets of the universe.
Or at the very least, teach you detachment and focus.
ACTION #16: Don't listen to anybody who isn't where you want to be.
ACTION #17: Do make time for fun.
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Harvard's discriminatory policies are becoming increasingly well known, across the political spectrum (see, e.g., the recent lawsuit on discrimination against East Asian applications.)
It's refreshing to hear a senior administrator admits to personally opposing policies that attempt to remedy these basic flaws. These are flaws that harm his institution's ability to do cutting-edge research and to serve the public.
Harvard is being eclipsed by institutions that have different ideas about how to run a 21st Century institution. Stanford, for one; the UC system; the "public Ivys".
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