Sometimes I have to pause to make the distinction between Ben the teenager and Ben the businessman.
Expose yourself to as much randomness as possible.
Talk to people no one else is talking to. Who would have thought that giving a speech at a funeral at age 12 would introduce me to a man who would introduce me to my first business contact who would introduce me to several other important people in my life. That’s luck. That’s randomness.
Long-term goals are dangerous. They limit you. They hinder you from reacting to new conditions.
I’m just the smallest dot in a big map of human history.
I really focused on three things in high school – my company, basketball and my school work.
I’ve always loved to write, and I kept a diary of what I thought about my business, being an entrepreneur and other things of interest to me.
I have a broad range of interests, so I’ll always be working on something.
It got a little stressful in my first two years of high school, trying to make conference calls with investors in between classes, but I definitely learned a lot of important time-management lessons.
I don’t want to be normal. I want to be something else.