A decade of learning in your 20’S
The 2nd decade in ones life is probably the most instrumental learning stage. It’s a time to finish school and hit the “real world” and learn from those already in the workforce. For me I graduated from Devry University (2yr degree) and traveled North America as Field Systems Engineer for a couple years. I met a lot of great people from blue collar line-workers to fortune 500 CEO’s. I learned that life is very short and everyone wants to secure a financial future for their family and spend as much time as possible with their family/friends (a double standard).
Being laid-off twice before most of my friends finished their 4 year degrees was a big eye-opener to say the least. After the “dot-com bubble” I learned real quick that I needed to be in sales if i was going to secure a stable future. Since you cant lay-off the person paying the bills and bringing in the revenue for production, payroll..etc.
So before starting a family after college like most of my friends did. I fell in love with building my portfolio of companies and searching for what truly makes me happy. Not only what makes me happy but how to bring value to those around me, and get compensated in return. I started DJ’n in 2003 for Chicago’s largest Entertainment group (at the time) and quickly got bored of just the Chicago market. So I did what any Dj would do and built an internet radio station that captured 1 million hits per month from around the world. (Which in 2003, streaming was next to impossible and very few corporate radio stations saw the potential in the technology) After realizing the potential myself, i shut it down and revised plans for an even bigger impact to secure my families future.
I then started a software development company and worked on political campaigns, fortune 500 company communications, global eCommerce projects and tons of custom ground breaking projects.
At this point the plans are written and I’m focused on venture capital efforts and retire by the time I’m 40.
At 30 I’ve learned:
- To diversify your talents because $hit can hit the fan real quick.
- Reality tv will sadly never go away.
- The quicker you get up, the quicker you can face a challenge.
- I should have been a football kicker.
- Dont fear the uncertainty of chasing your passion, focus on bringing value to others and everything will fall into place.
- Keep your license, license plates and city stickers up-to-date and pay all your tickets on time. The city of Chicago has no problem impounding your car, taking all your Dj equipment out (and denying it), then crushing it into a cube.
- Music on mainstream radio is just really long commercials for liquor companies, drug dealers and big record labels only.
- Sometimes you gotta wear your heart on your sleeve (open 2 the elements) in order 2 get closer 2 what you’re really looking for.
- Just because you love what you do doesn’t mean you work less.
- “Go big or Go Home” always applies
- Kids really are the future and education is power to overcome the greatest obstacles.
- Corporate lobbying needs to be illegal.
- It starts with family and ends with family.
- It is possible to work 2 full time jobs.
- All humankind has the same fundamental needs in life and will get there faster by working together.
- The computer+ internet is the most powerful tool
– Less is more…