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Don't Wait

San Francisco, CA

If you want something badly enough, go get it. Start making steps to get it now.

While at RIT I spent some time talking to high school students who were interested in computer related fields as well as entrepreneurship. I've had plenty of experience in this area and that's why they asked me over and over again to speak and present at events both on campus and off (including various universities).

The reason I'm qualified? I didn't wait.

When I was five years old we got our first family computer. I spent countless hours tinkering with it. When I was 11 I built my first website. I taught myself how to program when I was 12 and sold my first website when I was 13. I didn't wait for someone to allow me to do it, I simply did it.

I started companies without knowing a single thing about LLCs or Corporations. When I wanted to do something, I did it. The tools are available everywhere. Books, the internet, videos, and other people are valuable resources. Every day you wait is another day wasted.

I failed, and I failed a lot. It sucked and sometimes I thought that if I had waited, I wouldn't have failed, that is, if I did nothing it would have been better than doing it at all. This is incredibly wrong and horrible advice.

Some of the startups and companies didn't work at all and by other people's standards they were failures, but I don't think that's accurate. Each one of these "failures" was actually a success.

When you fail, an opportunity exists to learn from it. If you take the time to reflect you'll gain something much more valuable than the summation of "failures".

I gained so much knowledge each time something didn't work out. This knowledge provided me with more wisdom and opened new opportunities and paths in various directions.

I had no idea what I was doing until I started doing it. Experiencing something is the best way to learn about it. Once I started going down those paths, I started learning so much. If you never go down the path, you'll miss out.

You can turn failures into successes through reflection. As long as you keep moving, you'll never truly fail.

Do something now; don't wait.

Where there is a will, there is a way.