Reflection as I turn 29.

Today I am 29 it is also fitting that this is my 200th post.  This year has been very interesting.  I continue to learn about myself and the people around me. Some things were not pleasant but they all were good.  I was given the gift of perspective, partly out of survival.  I rarely have a bad day.  That is not say there are not days I wish would end faster than others.  I judge the worth of my existence by the number of times I was or enabled others to be in a situation they did not think was possible.  This comes in many different ways.  I was able to grow myself, my relationships and gain perspective on my businesses. We all have expiration dates and I got my moneys worth this year.

Here is the best advice that I have received, read, or written over the years:

You are going to look long term on your life, you can look forward or backwards.

The best time to plant is a tree is 30 years ago, the second best time is today.

The reason most people do not succeed is because they give up what they want long term for what they want to right now.

Compete with yourself and you will be able to compete with anyone.

Give more than you receive.

When you think of limits, you create them.

If you wait till the perfect moment you will accomplish less.

Opportunities multiply.

Critique yourself more than others.

Cherish feedback.

Be honest with yourself.

It is worse to not ask than be told no.

Wine, women, and music the rest of the money I wasted.

Never think you know what is possible.

You have to pay for everything; yesterday, today or tomorrow.

Action creates motivation, motivation does not create action, at least not for very long.

Peace of mind is better than happiness.

There are many ways in which I need to rethink how I am going about things.  I make a joke that I do not like people. That is not true, there are a few things that I hate about people.  Do not like dishonest people, people who refuse to turn right on a red light, and people that bullshit me to my face. I need to focus more.  The hardest transitions I have had is switching from short term rewards to longer term rewards all while staying motivated. The other hard part is having more time than money.  I am not by any means wealthy, I just spend less. When I do not have a time limit, I will not accomplish anything.  I always have something to do, but I do not always want to do it.  Starting is a bitch.  I am embarrassed by my inability to remember peoples name.  I need to sleep better.  I have lost almost 50 lbs from my peak weight after football but I was in much better shape.  I did that without working out.  I think I probably handle 290 better than most but it is still an unhealthy weight.  I need to talk less and do more.  I need to become a better at grammar.  I still need to find some balance between doing and waiting to do some things in terms of my businesses.  Just doing has been helpful in many parts of my life but not as helpful in trading.  I am undecided in terms of the businesses.  The less I spend the less I feel it is necessary to charge.

Thanks for reading, I know some of you probably hate these type of posts and the steam of consciousness that follows.  It is selfish but I expect some of you to hold me accountable.  I hope you are enjoying the ride as much as I am.

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8 Responses to Reflection as I turn 29.

  1. Attitrade says:

    Happy Birthday, Eli.

  2. Anonymous says:

    good stuff, thanks for sharing…Happy Birthday!

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  4. Adartmouth says:

    Loved this post

  5. Nicola says:

    Happy Birthday Eli nI loved this post.

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