When I was 22 I was that annoying combination of confident and naïve. I was confident that the world was going to bow down before me as I bent it to my will.
At the same time, I was naïve enough to believe I knew it all and that no one could tell me anything. It was an unsustainable state of being, the consequences of which I have lived with every day ever since.
If I were 22 today I’d want to maintain that sense of having the world at my feet because it’s in this place that big dreams and opportunities lie. My aim would be to learn what my innate talents were and how they could be turned to something I could become passionate about.
If I were 22 today I’d be seeking mentors I’d learn from. I’d accept that I don’t know it all and that those who have been there, done it, and got the proverbial tee-shirt have valuable experience that can help me bypass many of the pitfalls awaiting the unwary early entrepreneur.
If I were 22 today I’d understand that when both of these factors are brought together into happy union they combine into a powerfully focused optimism and appropriate action that generates long-term happiness, contentment, and success.
My wish for everyone who is 22 today is that they learn from the past to reveal their dream, live their hopes, share their ideals and influence the world in a way that brings positive change to us all.
NB: This post originally appeared on my LinkedIn profile in June 2014