What are some real life stories of young entrepreneurs becoming millionaire before the age of 30? Is that goal even possible for most peo…

Jag skulle vilja påstå att det här är något som är högst ovanligt i Sverige. Vi tänker för ofta att det ordnar sig när vi borde ta tag i våra liv.

Answer by Salil Jha:

I can tell you my story. When I was a child I never thought I would ever find a job. One night I wrote a letter to my Dad (I guess I may have been in 5th grade). I wrote, "Papa, please never stop working. I don't think I will ever get a job." My mom and bother asked me to show what I have written. I was so embarrassed that I tore the page. I had to struggle with them to do it. My brother and Mom wanted me to show it to them. It was kind of cute from their perspective that I wrote a letter to Dad. I ended up crying.

Well, this is when I was in Mihijam, a very small town in the eastern part of India. Years later I moved to America at age 21 as a Computer Engineering student. I took a big bank loan to fund my education. My family was not rich and I knew that I am accountable to every single dollar. The success or failure of my American Dream was in my own hands. I learned and accepted early on that I am 100% responsible for my own future success or misery.

I started working part time in College and building relationships with people in positions. I was a regular church goer during my college years. This saved me hundred of dollars and hours by staying out of drinking and partying.

I used to read a lot. I was big time into documentary films. But what really used to motivate me was writing and thinking about starting my own business someday. I used to come up with business ideas and discuss with my friends.

I was looking and I was a hungry young man ready for any challenge. One day, a young man in his mid thirties came with a Business offer and I was in awe. It was like God sent. It turned out to be Amway business. I joined and worked hard at it. At my peak I was almost halfway to Platinumship, the first ladder of Amway success chain. Amway did not work for me and my heart was not in the door-to-door sales, so I started to focus back on writing.

A year later, I started an IT company and was teaching college graduates healthcare and information technology. I also got a high paying job with Dell as Software Quality Advisor. For four years I worked a full time job with Dell and also ran my own side IT business. I made enough money to buy two rental properties back in New Delhi, India for $220K USD during the Indian real estate boom.

Since I carry no debt, I was able to invest heavily in the Stock market. I bought Apple shares when they were below $400 mark per share (before the stock split). I bought Medical Marijuana stocks at $0.09 and later sold at $0.20 a share. I had 60,000 stocks. Those were the days.

Two years fast-forward, I am still working as an Independent Senior Consultant, and I continue to write. Earlier this year, I published my first book "Naked Soul: The Erotic Love Poems" which surprisingly turned into a decent success. I have two more books coming out later this year. I also offer one-on-one book marketing consultation.

I have no debt, my car is paid off and between my current stock portfolio, real estate investment, monthly rents and other investments, life insurance and savings, my net worth is approximately $1.03M USD (if I liquidate everything).

Having said it all, I also must add that I do not feel accomplished yet. My goals are higher and I am just beginning.

Hope my story provides some hope and direction. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment and ask.

Keep working hard where your heart is. The rest will come to you on its own.

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What are some real life stories of young entrepreneurs becoming millionaire before the age of 30? Is that goal even possible for most peo…

How did successful people spend their time when they were young, between the ages of 10 and 22?

Det här är på pricken vad jag tycker. Konsumera mindre – producera mer. Var inte rädd för att misslyckas. Utveckla din särart. Läs och lär.

Answer by Auren Hoffman:

Spending time alone is really, really important

Note: I don't think I have ever before been compared with Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, etc.  I am no where near as successful or accomplished as most of the people on this list.  But for what it is worth, I'll give you a trait that I think is common among most of these people (including myself).

Lots of alone time
Most of these people spent a massive amount of time alone when they were kids and young adults.  And most of these people still spend a much larger percentage of their time alone today than most outsiders would think.

Especially when people are growing up, spending time alone gives one the space to explore, to be weird, to learn, to imagine, and to dream. 

Reading is really (REALLY) important.
Read a wide variety of books and articles that stretch your imagination.  Don't just read easy books (like Harry Potter).  Read difficult texts that really stretch your mind.

Read fiction and non-fiction.  Read wonderful novels written by authors from far-away lands.  Read things that challenge your political thought.  Read the Bible, the Koran, Buddhist texts, and ancient mythology.  And don't just read conventional things assigned to you in school (like Hemingway, Shakespeare, and more) but try to seek out authors on your own.

Because most of the people mentioned grew up in a different era, they spent a big portion of their time just reading the encyclopedia.  Many of them would eventually read every encyclopedia volume letter.   These people had an insatiable need to learn new things. 

When these people walked to class, they were probably reading a book or a magazine (in those days, it was a paper book).  Some of these people even got injured walking into things because they were reading. 

Most of these people had parents that asked them to READ LESS. 

Today the encyclopedia is free and on the internet.  But today the encyclopedia is so big that it would be impossible to read in a lifetime — so today choices about what you read could be a bit harder.  But reading is still really important.

Play acting
At an early age, most of these people spent more time play-acting than others.  Very few of these people spent their time playing organized sports … they instead were in their bedroom, backyard, or nearby park playing by themselves.  They were letting their imagination run wild.

They were imagining themselves as secret agents, slaying dragons, marshaling their toy soldiers to do battle, starting businesses, dealing with family situations, and more.

Experimenting
It is amazing how many successful people lit things on fire, blew things up, captured and studied bugs, built bird nests, and more.  My guess is that every single one of the people listed subjected themselves to multiple electric shocks (some on accident, some on purpose). 

They were building, creating, viewing, and observing.  And they were the ones in charge of the experiment — they were the prodders.

Lots of creative activities
While most of the people listed are known for their right-brained prowess, most spent a very large percentage of their childhood and adolescence doing very creative things.  They were writing short stories and plays, painting, sculpting, writing poems and lyrics, writing computer programs, and more.

Creating versus Consuming
Reading, watching wonderful movies, listening to music, etc. are all great ways to spend time.  But they are passive — these are consuming functions. 

Most of these successful people spent a large percentage of their time creating vs. consuming.  They were building things, starting things, etc.  This is really important.

Today it is harder to spend time creating because there are so many more options to consume.  In the days when most of the above people grew up, one would get bored pretty quickly of the consuming options (usually the best option was to read a book or watch bad television) where today there are just so many more options.  In fact, the tablet is essentially designed to maximize consumption (unlike the PC which is a better tool for creation). 

Get away from the social pressures of school
School, especially middle school and high school, is socially incredibly high pressure for everyone.  People are jockeying for position and cliques are forming and unwinding constantly.  There is a "Game of Thrones" aspect to the social standing within high school that is ultra competitive and hard to escape.  

By spending time alone, people get needed breaks from the high school Game of Thrones.  Alone-time allows you to spend time actually exploring yourself (rather than spending time conforming to some sort of norm).

Today, alone-time is frowned upon
Something happened in the last 30 years to encourage parents to spend more time with their kids.  Another huge trend has been for parents to give their kids opportunities by enrolling them in lots of sports, weekend classes, summer learning retreats, and more.

While there are so many good things about the trend of more involved parenting, one of the very important unintended consequences is that kids have significantly less alone-time than they once did.  And even when they are alone, they have the means to be a part of of the larger group through social networks, SMS, and more.  So it is harder of them to escape the social pressures of school.

So we should expect the best strategy for kids today to not be the same as the best strategy for past generations.  But most everyone (young and old) — especially those that have good social lives and have been reasonably successful — could use more time alone and more time to themselves.

How did successful people spend their time when they were young, between the ages of 10 and 22?

How can you learn something if you don’t find it interesting?

Här är en söt berättelse om hur man hittar motivation för något som man verkligen tycker är tråkigt. Jag har själv samma erfarenhet av att det hjälper att nosa runt i utkanterna av ämnet. Läsa sammanfattningar, läsa andra böcker, läsa om tillämpningar av ämnet, idéhistorien, om kända personer som verkat inom området etc.

Tyvärr kom jag inte på det här förrän efter högskolan när jag börjat jobba. Ett av mina bästa råd är alltså att skaffa er motivation genom att lära mer om ämnet på olika sätt. Nu för tiden finns det hur mycket som helst på internet. På min tid (tidigt åttiotal) fanns nästan bara böcker. Å andra sidan har ju ni problemet att ni kan förlora er i allt spännande på nätet. håll fokus när ni nosar runt efter motivation så att det inte blir prokrastinering.

Answer by Shubhang Goswami:

It's actually pretty simple. But requires you to put in time and effort.
 
Now, let's take a Rahul(very generic Indian name) for example.
Rahul needs to solve the chemistry(generic most hated subject in school) assignment today but whenever he sits down to actually try and study, the bland textbook and the demotivating marks from his weekly assignments keep eating away at his brain. Finally his brain says, "Hey rahul, Its a pathetic subject! Its boring, bland and you know what you are not interested in it, so why not head over to rakesh's place, he has got FIFA and his moms cooking pav-bhaaji for dinner."

It will take a lot more willpower for Rahul to commit to studying chemistry than subjects he "likes".  Decision Fatigue and How to Avoid Bad Choices.
But, rahul with a little bit of self discipline finally sits down and gets his mind to focus. The first thing Rahul does is
Get Motivated: Rahul connects to the internet and starts browsing his chemistry portions. He sees neat Videos on YouTube, he browses through popular Chemistry Blogs, reads magazines on chemistry etc. , to get an overall connection to the topic.

Rahul now feels interested but then he looks at his assignment again, it has asked him difficult questions to solve and he doesn't understand a single bit. He isn't bogged down this time, he knows this feeling, he has been there before.

 He starts small, dissects the first question in the assignment and notices which topic it revolves about. He lists down those topics. Now he opens his textbook- the bland boring pages face him and he asks himself "THIS TOPIC IS HUGE! How am I supposed to start?" Rahul seems stuck. Rahul calls up his uncle, who has always been a productivity expert. He tells uncle Vinod his problems and uncle Vinod calmly replies, "Use what you like where you dislike." and cuts the call. Rahul ponders over this statement his uncle made and something clicks in him. He loves talking to people and also drawing! Why not draw a favourite character and talk to it?

Rahul draws out a stick-man and starts explaining chemistry topics to it. Whenever he gets stuck, he googles, searches his textbook and tries and reason it out with the stick-man who keeps asking questions Rahul himself has about the topic. He gets so involved into the process that by the time he has finished the assignment, it is already morning. He has discovered a new friend- Chemistry, and he loves it. His notes now look similar to this:

These were my notes I made in a subject called Electric Drives and Special Machines (EDSM) in my engineering course-ware. I disliked the subject initially but after putting in some effort and using this method, I topped the branch in this subject and grew to seriously like it. 🙂

Hope this helps.

P.S: No I do not like drawing, I like talking though.

How can you learn something if you don't find it interesting?

How can you increase your ability to learn? How can you improve your focus?

Hitta din grej. Det du gillar. Grotta ner dig i det. Lär dig så mycket som möjligt. Du blir duktig och det ökar ditt självförtroende. Men framför allt övar du dig på att lära genom att plugga något du tycker är roligt. Och när du blivit duktig på att lära dig saker kommer det att gå lättare inom andra områden som du inte tycker är lika roliga.

Answer by Gerson Da Silva:

I am not a teacher, or have any particular studies on the field. But I have learned a lot of different things to accomplish very different task on my life. Some for fun, others for simple need of.

So I say it very simple. You learn what you want, really want (or really need) as was said by Shikhar Verma.

But I have noticed there's a trick. The more you learn, the easiest it comes to learn other things. It's something like a sport, and as in sports as you practice, you feel more and more confortable with other physical activities.

I suggest you try learning about things you like, things you really enjoy. You will focus naturally and get used to study, and then you will find yourself that learning is, usually, a very enjoyable and addictive activity.

Good luck!

How can you increase your ability to learn? How can you improve your focus?

How do I know if I have a computer addiction and what can I do about it?

Det här är själva kärnfrågan (egentligen två frågor). Är du databeroende och vad gör du i så fall åt det.

Det finn många typer av databereoende. Vårt test ger en allmän indikation men det finns många varianter av databeroenden. Du vet nog bäst själv om du har ett beroende av datorn på ett sätt som du tycker är problematiskt.
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Which is more accurate and reliable: Wikipedia or Quora?

För vilka frågor är Wikipedia bäst och när är Quora bäst? Jag vill gärna tänka att tankesatt kan bli bäst inom sitt område, nämligen hur man ska komma ur sitt databeroende.

Answer by Steven Walling:

The answer to this question depends on type of knowledge you're looking for. For context, I've written more than 200 Wikipedia articles and almost 350 Quora answers, so based on my comparisons between the two:

  • Quora is more reliable and accurate for getting at the truth about subjects that are best understood based on personal experience and expertise. When I want to know what it was like to be in Auschwitz and be a subject of human experimentation, you cannot beat reading accounts by Holocaust survivor Eva Kor. This doesn't just apply to famous people either. When it comes to the details about NASA and International Space Station operations, getting the information direct from someone like NASA engineer/instructor Robert Frost is so much better than a Wikipedia article written based on dry news reports. Quora has real experts writing in so many fields relevant to our lives, from police officers to physicists. This is only going to grow over time as we fill out the diversity of the Quora Topic Network.
  • Wikipedia is better at being reliable for objective facts that can be verified with other sources. On Quora, you are encouraged to use citations and sources, but on Wikipedia it's required. As an encyclopedia, Wikipedia's process is weighted heavily toward things that can be confirmed by many published sources as fact.

We can take a relevant example and break this down. Measles is an important topic, due to the 2015 Vaccination Debate and Measles Outbreak in the United States. Quora tells me a lot about issues such as why many parents choose not to vaccinate. Even pretty scientific aspects like What makes measles so contagious? are answered thoughtfully by experts on Quora. However, when I want to know the statistics on regional infection rates, I turn to Wikipedia because it aggregates facts from many reliable sources.

Which is more accurate and reliable: Wikipedia or Quora?

I am 25 and very lazy. What should I do?

Det här verkar vara bra råd. Jag kan känna igen mig sjäv i delar av beskrivningen och jag tror mig se många av mina elever. Hoppas ni får nytta v tipsen i den här texten från Quora.

Answer by Mateesh Bhave:

I am going to tell you one simple truth. No matter how many motivational videos you watch or self help books you read, it is not going to help you. Not one bit.

For normal people it might work, but for us it will motivate us for an hour hardly and then it all goes away and we are back to square one. Läs mer…

What is the one word that will make you rich?

2015-02-26 15.46.42Answer by Eric Lauritzen:

No.

Say no to anyone or anything that will waste your time. Say no to anyone who is negative. Say no to all the vampires who want to suck you dry and dump their shit on you. Say no to anyone who wants you to work for free. Say no to excess leisure time and instant gratification. Say no to fear.

What is the one word that will make you rich?

What effective habits can make people become a top-achiever?

Answer by Dakota Lim:

Top effective habits:

1) keep agreements, promises – your word is gold
2) check in with inner self for truth
3) continue to throw out clutter in all forms
4) constant development of empathy for self and others
5) constant development of skills to discern components of excellence
6) continually dismantling bad habits
7) nourishing and protecting health
8) good sleep habits
9) defining, setting, respecting, defending personal boundaries (self and
    others)
10) habits of gratitude, peacefulness, wonder, joy
11) great respect for time
12) rest and recreation
13) study and work in areas that give you joy
14) discern and weed out users, energy vampires, flakes, and energy sappers
15) self-respect and respect for others and the things of others
16) study how you learn, the ways of learning, and how other people learn
17) know your energy needs – introvert? extrovert? fast pace? slow pace?
18) know what foods benefit you and what damages your body and eat
      accordingly
19) develop ways to recognize and deal with stress
20) avoid chemicals in skincare, toothpaste, personal care products and
      food
21) develop a system for organizing your environment, tools, clothing, home
22) enjoyable exercise daily
23) avoid cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine
24) drink high quality water
25) be a good friend and cultivate close friendships and relationships
26) understand the language of contracts
27) understand the energy of how money flows
28) know your strengths and weaknesses
29) know your needs and the needs of people closest to you as well as the
      needs of people you lead
30) brush and floss your teeth regularly

This list can be summed up easily:

Respect yourself and others and constantly make choices that enhance your health, relationships, talents, and well-being (which includes money).

Thank you for the A2A by Yuezhe Tang

What effective habits can make people become a top-achiever?

What, programming-wise, would be most useful to learn in a few months?

Answer by Pushparaj Adigopula:

JavaScript

You don't lose anything if you don't learn .NET, Python, Java or Ruby. But without JavaScript you cannot make your mark as a programmer as web applications are expanding their scope beyond web applications. (eg. Metro apps and apps for ChromeOS etc. )

With Node.js, JavaScript has grown to accommodate a full stack from frontend to backend and even full length database systems.

You can develop a full length web application using only JavaScript:


(Picture from The Best Programming Language For You to Learn.)

Where can you use JavaScript (anywhere and everywhere):

Suggested Readings:

  1. http://wildermuth.com/2014/06/22/It_Is_Time_to_Learn_JavaScript
  2. The Best Programming Language For You to Learn

What, programming-wise, would be most useful to learn in a few months?