A very common trend on the internet right now is doing the whole, 30 things I’ve learned in 30 years.

Well, today is my birthday and I am turning 25, so what a great opportunity to create a 25 things in 25 years list! But I’m not going to do that. I’m going to go for quality over quantity.

Instead, I am going to list some of the most important things I can think of that have really stuck with me up to this point in my life, so here we go.

Scared money don’t make money

If you are going to be successful in anything, you have to just go do it. If you want to win, you have to play – plain and simple. Say yes to things you might not be ready for, and do everything you can to learn, learn, learn, along the way. Take chances.

You won’t actually ‘start tomorrow’

Too many times in my life I have employed the ‘I’ll start on Monday’ strategy. Too many times, I never did. I have been fairly disciplined and done what I know I have needed to do in order to stay productive and healthy, but part of having a drive to get better is exactly that – I always want to get better. From here on out I know for a fact I will do a better job of beginning something immediately, and committing to it with everything I have.

No two people are the same

Just because something works really well for someone else, doesn’t mean it will work for you – or that it is the only way to do it. We all know how unique we are, and this is no different when it comes to systems and methods that help us become healthy and successful. Find what works best for you and roll with it.

Coffee is great

I love coffee. Black coffee. I drink it every single day. It tastes great and it helps me in so many ways.

The secret to success is consistent action

All you have to do is DO THINGS, and do them over and over again. You can learn anything. You can accomplish anything. But you have to actually take action and continue to take action.

Find your purpose and motivation wherever you need to

And as I mentioned above, no two people are the same. What motivates someone else might not work for another person. This is going to be totally unique to you!

The power of the Universe (God) is so real

What you think about and focus on is what you will attract, whether it is positive or negative. Your thoughts have a great power that will bring whatever they create in to your life. If you want something, ask for it, and then go get it. Karma also plays a part in this. What you put out is what you are going to get! If you are polite and loving, you will see more of that in the world.

There are more correlations between football and real life than you can ever imagine

People tend to mock sports as ‘just a game,’ but I swear to you football is so much more than that. Teamwork, discipline, effort, intelligence, communication, and more than I can even name. Having been a part of this sport for almost my entire life, I can swear up and down that it is one of the best ways to develop someone as an entire person.

NCAA 14 is the best video game ever made

I love it and wish I could play it all day every day. I did while I was in college, but I am an adult now so unfortunately that won’t fly.

If you don’t look back at yourself on almost a yearly basis and think ‘Wow, I was an idiot,’ you might not be growing

Idiot is a little harsh, but you get my point. You should be getting better each and every year and when you look back on yourself, you should realize how much you wish you knew. If this stops happening for you, you likely are no longer getting better.

Do what you love and what makes you happy

This will be my last one, as it is probably the most popular and the most simple. If you don’t like what you are doing, do something else. Make changes you need to make to make your life what you want it to be. You are in control!

Here is to another great 25 years!

Thanks.

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