I would send a letter to my 18-year-old self, who was just two years away from becoming homeless on an island thousands of miles away from his family. I would encourage him to find his passion and pursue it. When you’re passionate, you’re driven to succeed and less likely to burn out. At 18, you’re young, energetic, and perfectly placed to chase your dreams. Find a calling that fulfills you, be resilient, and never quit.
Take calculated risks — and act on them. This leads to self-discovery and self-confidence. If you fail, you learn from the experience and move on to the next challenge. Gain new knowledge and skills by reaching outside your comfort zone. Set goals to stay motivated. They don’t have to be huge, but write them down and find time to work toward them every day.
Finally, give to others without expecting anything in return. Focus on the impact you’re making on the other person, and the universe will reward you tenfold. This is how you build a strong foundation for success.
—Andres Pira,real estate developer, founder and CEO of Blue Horizon Developments, and author of “Homeless to Billionaire: The 18 Principles of Wealth Attraction and Creating Unlimited Opportunity.” Follow Andres on Facebook,Instagram, and YouTube.
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