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2009 – The best year of our lives. Yes, it’s here. It’s been here for a while now. The false hope generated by new year’s resolutions is gone. The economy is free falling into depths not before seen. Millions are losing their jobs, companies are shutting their doors and debt is increasing many folds over. I can only comment from my perspective. I study at one of the most prestigious universities in the world and I pay US$40,000 just for one year of tuition and boarding fees. That’s astronomically high, especially for someone who is 20. I tried to get a job recently, but there were no openings. None. Zero. Every company is downsizing. Within 3 weeks, I had sent my resume to hundreds of employers with just a handful of them courteous enough to reply (I don’t blame the others, they’re cutting down costs) and point out why they couldn’t hire me. My government doesn’t want to support me. It seems the pile of debt is going to be endless. And I’m not trying to say I’m the only one in this situation. It’s everyone around you and their uncles. So how is this going to be the best year of our lives?

 

It’s simple, it’ll provide you with time to work on something you’re passionate about. No more dead end job, no more stupid classes with idiotic professors. Work on what you love. I don’t care if its gardening or modelling or programming or whatever. Start a blog about it. Gain some skills in that field. Start consulting in that field. Start your own business in that field. Bootstrap it. Nurture it for a year. Fail a couple of times and then develop the courage to stand up again. Hustle your ass off on something you absolutely adore. Something that gives you immense pleasure when you do it. It calms you down, you’ll keep on doing it even if you don’t get paid. And eventually, you’ll get good, really good at it. That’s it. Turn 2009 into the best year of your life. Stop wasting time, “stop watching fucking lost“, work harder, churn out 20 hour days on something you’re really really passionate about. Some decisions will be hard to make. Some decisions would not be approved by people around you. But please stop living based on other people’s perception of yourself. Live your dream

 

The first thing you need to do is find your passion. It can be anything. You have to be able to believe in yourself that you can make a living based on that thing. You have to believe that you can do that thing for the rest of your life. And that’s it. That’s something you’re passionate about. Step 2, blog about it. Share your passion with the world. Take pictures and videos and send out tweets. Show the world what your passion is and take pride in it. You don’t have to be a genius to blog, even I have started blogging just recently. Just do it. Next, take some time everyday to improve your passion. Correction, spend all of your free time on your passion. Hard work is quintessential to success. Don’t procrastinate or slob. Give it your 100%. Work on it days and nights. Stop watching TV. Find out your time sinks and work around them. Focus completely on your passion. 

 

And that’s it. The magical formula. Given that there are 342 more days in the current year and you follow the same routine everyday, I bet this will be your best year ever. I’m not a multi-billion dollar entrepreneur or a self-development guru. I’m just a 20 year old student who is passionate about hactivism and technology entrepreneurship. I started this blog, I’m transferring to a less prestigious university offering me a full ride and I’m working on my first startup. And this makes sense to me in order to get closer to my dreams. If you want you can dismiss my claims as childish and naive or you can join me and we’ll work through the best year of our lives together. What say?

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