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Guy Kawasaki: The Top 10 Lessons You’ll Need

Guy Kawasaki's Top 10 Advice Tips

Guy Kawasaki’s Advice to the Class of 2013 –
The Top 10 Lessons You’ll Need

10. Live off your parents as long as you can. Take whole semesters off to travel overseas. Take jobs and internships that pay little or no money. Investigate your passions on your parent’s nickel. Or dime. Or quarter. Or dollar. Your goal should be to extend college to at least six years.

9. Pursue joy, not happiness. Happiness is temporary and fleeting. Joy, by contrast, is unpredictable. It comes from pursing interests and passions that do not obviously result in happiness.

8. Embrace the unknown. One of the biggest mistakes you can make in life is to accept the known and resist the unknown. Do exactly the opposite: challenge the known and embrace the unknown.

7. Learn to speak a foreign language, play a musical instrument, and play non-contact sports. These are the things you’ll appreciate and can do when you are older.

6. Continue to learn. It gets easier to learn once you’re out of school because it’s easier to see the relevance of why you need to learn.

5. Learn to like yourself or change yourself until you can like yourself. Fix your problem. Fix your life.

4. Don’t get married too soon. I got married when I was 32. That’s about the right age. Until you’re about that age, you may not know who you are. You also may not know who you’re marrying.

3. Play to win, and win to play. Compete to the depth and breadth and height that your soul can reach. Your greatest competition is yourself.

2. Obey the absolutes. Preserve the absolutes as much as you can. If you never lie, cheat, or steal, you will never have to remember who you lied to, how you cheated, and what you stole.

1. Enjoy your family and friends. Nothing—not money, power, or fame—can replace your family and friends or bring them back once they are gone.


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  5. Tips 1 and 10 clash a bit. If you take too much advantage of your parents’ generosity, they might grow to resent you.

    • johnkremer says:

      I have found that parents can be very generous with their children. While I didn’t live at home, except for a short 2 month stint, my mother did invest in my business. That I will always be thankful for.

  6. Stef Evans says:

    Live off your parents. Be a sponger and soak up other people’s money and time, and then you van prepare for society to pay you and feed you. Taking no responsibility for yourself is the modern way forward, right?

    Oh, and by the way, some people like contact sports.

    • johnkremer says:

      Yes, contact sports can be fun. The reason to play non-contact sports is as Guy indicated: To learn sports you can play was you grow older, especially my age.

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