The Future You Is Telling The Present You To THANK The Past You

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Dear Har-old,

Because I am the future, foresight is the main “cheat” available to you.

The following will establish your foundation.

First. Learn to live with regrets. Not without. To regret is to learn something new. What you don’t know, learn about; what you do know, learn more about. Regret only cheats you when you beat yourself up over your research skills and when you try the impossible: change the past. Regret aids foresight because the past guides it. History repeats itself.

Second. Learn how to play chess. The best way to improve your ability to think ahead is to practice thinking ahead. Chess strategy consists of setting and achieving long-term goals during the game. Players take a chess approach to life too.

Third. Murphy’s Law. Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Read and assimilate Law 29 in The 48 Laws of Power. Your transgression was not seeing it 3 hours away. You should’ve envisioned and planned your reaction to every possible worse case scenario inspired by Betty & Co. Because you didn’t put your reaction under control, you was left to improvise.  Five disagreements since you have been back; three of those had the potential for death or prison. Death or prison. DO NOT DIM ME! Now you have hindsight bias, shaking your head and saying, “I knew this was gone happen.” WELL, WHY THE HELL YOU LET IT HAPPEN?!

Your observance is the milestone of 30k. Your money is the root of evil. And that evil is a job you hated. So, if you let what you start with waste away, you will be right back in another job you hate. Let that motivate you! You are an ENTREPRENEUR! Nothing else! You didn’t know at the time but now you know why you consistently saved. So, the future you is telling the present you to THANK the past you. You are a lot closer to two billion with 30k than you are being broke. Your first 100k will be a bitch so work dog-gone hard, man. You’ve been stuck on 30k for too damn long. Since you don’t have income coming in, what you built can be easily demolished by little things such as food, bills, hygiene items, unexpected expenses, etc. Remember: It’s better to be in a by-choice situation than a by-force one. The world is yours!

Futuristically yours,

Har+new

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Anti-crastinate

Dear Har-old,

What’s the smartest thing you have heard Junior from My Wife & Kids say? This shouldn’t be difficult because he doesn’t say a lot of intelligent things on the show. But what’s a quotable? When Michael asked him did he want to play basketball, he said, “I don’t have no illusions about my ability to play basketball. If it’s not a part of my overall life goal, why pursue it?”

Every-time you procrastinate you are putting your dreams on hold and doing things irrelevant to your big picture goals: marrying Janelle Monae, getting on the list of billionaire college drop-outs, replacing the résumé with the Yeebizan. Why play video games? Why watch t.v? Why stay up on the phone all night? Now I know at times something irrelevant can indirectly inspire you to action. My Wife and Kids? Junior? But that is not by design. Go directly to the source.

Now I’m going to give you some suggestions to help you overcome your procrastination. Wake up extra early! You are a morning person. That’s when you are at your best! Your procrastination level increases with the PM. Work on your indecisiveness. As Napoleon Hill said, “Procrastination is the opposite of decision.” Procrastinating and being indecisive is the same thing. Lastly, I want you to see me. You are a very aware person. Every-time you feel like you’re procrastinating I want you to use that vivid imagination of yours to visualize me watching you. Because if my image cannot help you overcome procrastination I will fade away.

Futuristically yours,

Har+new

Crippling Choices

Dear Har-old,

Just as I was preparing to write you a letter on the topic of Indecision, a decision had to be made: AT and iPhone or Virgin Mobile and Android? You chose the latter. Great decision all-around. Ultimately, you came to this decision by comparing your last AT&T bill to what your Virgin Mobile bill will be a month. Saving $54 a month isn’t bad, huh?

And that’s what I want you to continue to do. Every-time faced with a Choice A and Choice B decision, I want you to evaluate how both will impact your future. Because being stuck in another 2 year contract with AT&T when you don’t have no income coming in is a waste of money.

*Note* I want you to always make it a Choice A and Choice B decision even and especially when the choices are infinite. Like Robert Greene said, “Too many choices can cripple and paralyze you to the point where it can hinder your ability to choose.” And speaking of Robert Greene, disdain things you cannot have. Ignore them!

You can’t have the iPhone now because you are on this crazy adventure called entrepreneurism and you need to save, save, save.

Fittingly, we are on the topic of books and money and you made another brilliant decision at the suggestion of an author. You canceled your $16.95 monthly subscription to Equifax’s credit monitoring services. That’s applying what you read! Keep working!

This won’t be the last letter I write to you regarding Indecision. But you don’t only have me at your disposal for help with making decisions. Napoleon Hill has dedicated an entire chapter on Decision in Think and Grow Rich. You can read articles and M.I.T’s on Brian Kim’s website. You can read Indecision quotes on Brainy Quotes. One of my favorite quotes on there is from Maimonides, “The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.” And lastly, learn to laugh at yourself. Don’t take your indecision seriously. It’s temporary! You will conquer it!

Futuristically yours,

Har+new

OMG! It’s You! Do You Know Who You Are?!

Dear Har-old,

Andrew Carnegie said,

You will discover that the cause of success is not something separate and apart from the man; that it is a force so intangible in nature that the majority of men never recognize it; a force which might be properly called the ‘other self.’ Noteworthy is the fact that this ‘other self’ seldom exerts its influence or makes itself known excepting at times of unusual emergency, when men are forced, through adversity and temporary defeat, to change their habits and to think their way out of difficulty.

Har-old, you have forced yourself to discover your “other self,” your faith entity, me, the future you. In doing so, you have dethroned your fear entity. I am now king! However, as Napoleon Hill’s “other self” said,

That fear-motivated ‘old self’ is not dead; it has merely been dethroned. And it will follow you around wherever you go, awaiting a favorable opportunity to step in and take charge of you again. It can gain control of you only through your thoughts. Remember this, and keep the doors to your mind tightly closed against all thoughts which seek to limit you in any manner whatsoever, and you will be safe.

I could say, “respect your elders.” Me! I could say, “respect yourself.” Me! Blah. Blah. Blah. The truth is, you are in full control of me, which leads to why I’m writing you. Remember the famous photograph from Back To The Future of  Marty’s headless brother? Yeah … well … uh … I just lost an arm and a leg … figuratively. 50 million dollars just disappeared, Har-old! Even in the future, money can’t grow wings and fly off. YOU ROBBED ME! How??? By wasting time! I am taking charge. The following are 13 subjects and summaries, in order of importance, I need you to master:

  1. Time Manager Revolutionary – The time I kill is killing me.
  2. Genius Level Planner – Think and feel beyond the present moment.
  3. Fine Decision Maker – Get in the habit of reaching decisions quickly and definitely, and changing them slowly, if at all.
  4. Freedom Fighter – Lower level of inhibition.
  5. Action Figure – DO IT NOW!
  6. Master of Emotions – A fixed positive response.
  7. Prisoner of Patience – Sit and watch the grass grow.
  8. Bookish Applicant – Too often what we read and profess becomes a part of our libraries and our vocabularies, instead of becoming a part of our lives. (You’re wasting your time reading if you’re NOT applying.)
  9. Great Communicator (questioning and listening) – A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while, he knows something. Questions are more powerful than statements will ever be.
  10. Artist of Sex Transmutation – The transmutation of sex energy calls for will power, to be sure, but the reward is worth the effort.
  11. Body Guard – The hungrier one becomes, the clearer one’s mind works.
  12. Master Mind – Success in the higher bracket of achievement is something that can be had only by taking others along with you.
  13. Master of Appearances – Make your face as malleable as the actor’s.

Subsequent letters I write will expand on the summaries. Applying subject 12, I will share author duties with other bright futures.

As Napoleon Hill said,

With the help of others, you can accomplish in one year it will take you a lifetime to complete if you relied solely on your own efforts for success.

And like the tagline on 43things.com says,

Changing your life is hard. Doing it by yourself is harder.

Although, I still believe being selfish is under-rated, I know this will bring us closer.

Futuristically yours,

Har+new