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How to Succeed at Life (even if you start late/have a disadvantage)

How to Succeed at Life (even if you start late/have a disadvantage)

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Introduction

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The people who aim to succeed in life despite starting late or facing disadvantages.

If you weren’t born rich, don’t consider yourself a genius, or grew up without knowing what you wanted to do, don’t worry.

Success is still within your reach, even without special skills or talent.

Here’s how you can achieve it.

The Art of Habits (it's free)

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Get Hardcore About Self-Learning

Get Hardcore About Self-Learning

No one will spoon-feed you information, especially when you're trying to get ahead in life.

You need to become a relentless learner, constantly seeking out new knowledge and skills.

Forget expensive universities and additional degrees.

Utilize resources like

  • books
  • online courses
  • podcasts
  • mentors.

Self-study is incredibly powerful, and the key is to learn, learn, and learn.

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DARIUS FOROUX

"You start making progress once you take responsibility for your own progress. You must keep learning new things every single day."

DARIUS FOROUX

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Copy Your Heroes (The Winners)

Copy Your Heroes (The Winners)

People who have achieved what you aspire to have already paved the way.

They've made mistakes, learned lessons, and found strategies that work. You can stand on their shoulders.

Learn from them. Read their

  • biographies
  • follow their careers
  • take note of their advice.

Adapt their

  • habits
  • attitudes
  • strategies

to suit your own circumstances.

As Jesse Livermore once said:

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JESSE LIVERMORE

"Set your own rules and stick to them; never argue with the market; never make a play you can’t afford; never give way to irrational exuberance. Above all, don’t be a sucker."

JESSE LIVERMORE

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Combine Your New Skills with Your Unique Life View

Combine Your New Skills with Your Unique Life View

While copying is a great way to start, you must always pave your own path. Everyone has a unique perspective based on their

  • Experiences
  • Values
  • Beliefs

Combine the skills you’ve learned with your experience to cultivate your perspective on everything.

Remember, no one in the world has your exact set of

  • Skills
  • Talents
  • Perspectives

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DARIUS FOROUX

"Try not to live other people’s lives. Do what you can to pursue your unique viewpoint of a good life. Because that’s what sets you apart from everyone else."

DARIUS FOROUX

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Do Something Different in Your Field

Do Something Different in Your Field

Once you start developing your own perspective, it’s time to act on it.

Do something that’s unique to you.

This could be an

  • Innovative business idea
  • A unique approach to solving a problem
  • An investing strategy that works for you

It takes time, and you have to be patient. My own path took years:

  • Tried various jobs after graduating from university
  • Started writing in 2015 at age 28
  • Truly created something unique in 2024 by combining investing insights and Stoic views

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"It’s easy to follow the crowd, but it’s the ones who dare to be different that truly stand out. If you want to succeed, you need to differentiate yourself from the rest."

DARIUS FOROUX

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The Odds Are Against You. Beat Them Anyway.

The Odds Are Against You. Beat Them Anyway.

Unless you’re born with privileges, the odds of succeeding in life are against you.

But success isn’t about where you start; it’s about where you end up.

Real success means improving your life situation, not just fulfilling expectations.

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