1. Staying out of debt & learning a trade is more advantageous than obtaining a college degree in most cases.
2. Travel and learn a little about the world you live in before the University attempts to shape your worldview.
3. Start a blog and write often. Even if no one reads it.
4. Be creative. Create something every day. As Nietzsche understood, “Art is the supreme task and the truly metaphysical activity in this life.”
5. Invest money as early as you can. Find a low-cost Index Fund and throw at least 10% of what you earn in it. No matter what. The earlier the better.
6. Never have a car payment. Ever.
7. Read. Read often. Read the greats. Start with the great works of Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and Steinbeck.
8. Speak precisely, never exaggerate.
9. Do the things you’re most uncomfortable doing.
10. Don’t workout to look good. Workout to be strong. Focus on the main lifts — Squats, Deadlift, and Press.
11. Sprinting is more beneficial than jogging.
12. Eat meats, fats, fruits, nuts, and greens. Leave everything else alone.
13. Only put out quality content on Social Media. Or don’t have an account.
14. Merely showing up on time and being polite puts you ahead of the curve.
15. Surround yourself with respectable people who are smarter than you.
16. No job is “beneath” you. No matter your skill level or education.
17. Travel to places that scare you.
18. Learn to embrace solitude. Learn to be by yourself often.
19. The integrity of the individual is the most important thing in the world. Be self-aware, know yourself, know what you’re about, and don’t succumb to the herd-mentality.
20. To be alive is to suffer. Life’s hard, tragic and beautiful at the same time. Embrace the suffering, and never run from what you must deal with. Great humans are born out of suffering.
21. No one cares what you do as much as you think they do.
22. Take full responsibility for your life. If you fail to do this you’ll live out your days full of resentment which will inevitably lead to a very bad place.
23. Always move. Move far. Move hard. Move in the direction of your dreams. Or around the block. Just move everyday.
24. Spend your money on experiences rather than on things. Own very little. Excessive “stuff” weighs you down, causes you to become stagnant, weak, and chained up. As the L.A. poet, Charles Bukowski, recognized, “the less I needed the better I felt.”