But luckily you do not need to be.

I was thinking about writing this post today in light of everything. I want to do more writing. A few weeks ago I turned 30 and I thought about writing a retrospective on my twenties and even prior but really nothing has changed too much in my head. I might get around to it sometime this year but encapsulating my being and journey through my 20’s would be hard to squeeze into one piece to really do it justice. Let’s focus on the topic at hand. It is my hope to inspire some people. While a noble cause, I know that true inspiration comes within, no external object, person, or writing can truly inspire you but maybe it can help you find that spark. If this does that for you mission accomplished, if not, then maybe I hope for your sake that this is somewhat entertaining or enlightening.

Let us delve 😉 in to my piece

As I stated earlier I am now a thirty year old dinosaur, I also made a little AI company XYZ AI Inc back in February. Our flagship product StealthGPT, has made me a paper millionaire, and has paid me more wages than just about anything in my life. I feel like going from $0 to a multi-million dollar company in about a years time is a great way to pivot into marketing some other product, or selling my advice at a high premium. Maybe one day I will but for now I like to give my advice, thoughts, etc. for free. I consider my self to be of average intelligence, I did not go very far into academic depth at my time in school and university. I took one AP class, AP Psych, in high school. My college classes were pretty easy, I majored in finance. I was a weird kid back in high school and even weirder before that. I would watch C-Span, and read books on the anatomy of the brain. I wanted to understand how people thought and why they thought. I can’t say I accomplished my goal, I have at best theories on life but I never took it that deep. I’ve probably finished less than 10% of books I ever picked up. My favorite thing to do is to start something, but I’ve never been quite good at finishing something. I won big in the casinos, but didn’t know when to leave. Don’t even bring up crypto, my stories would make the most OG member blush. I started to learn how to code back in 2020 because I wanted to make a bot for Runescape, a game I grew up on as a young boy. I couldn’t even do that. I started a company in my early twenties that dealt with Crypto back when people really did not know how to get into Bitcoin and Ethereum…it did not go well unfortunately.

I remember even before some of my more spectacular failures I wanted to write a book, “How to Fail with the Tools for Success”. You see, I grew up in a pretty decent family. Both my father and mother did very well for themselves, growing up I luckily did not have to struggle as others might’ve. I would say I had a pretty decent advantage of having a stable household with all my basic needs provided for. Some members of my family were enormously wealthy, but most were moderately, and comfortably wealthy. Despite this, I had nothing to show for it. Therefore as I went through life, even though all my opportunities were self made, I felt like a massive failure. I felt like I had no excuse to be the ‘weird kid’, to do bad academically, to not have a good job, to not make a decent income. At times it seemed like even though I would hit some massive highs, I’d overcome that with even lower lows. If they tracked $Jozef as a coin, it would be a helluvah chart.

One of my best friends said something that stuck with me: On me “I’ve never seen someone fly so high so much and fail so spectacularly as you. You should be proud of that.”

This is all to say, I’m not special. I’m not some coding, or marketing, or psychological genius. But I am a gambler and a risk taker. I take on life more as you’d treat an experiment than a serious thing. Right now my goal is to see how far I can go, how deep can I push what I’m doing right now, how big of an impact can I make on this world? That is my primary driver.

I would also argue I’m a decent observer when I’m paying attention (ADHD 😭). In my life, I’ve been blessed to be around extremely talented, and very wealthy people. As you start getting exposed to these people you start to see patterns that follow talent and follow wealth. My eye for talent became very good. In the past I’ve had a few jobs where I, alone, had to recruit hundreds of individuals, train them, and manage them. Now with my current team, I have hand picked every member. It’s a small core team and I haven’t had to fire a single one, because they are all rock stars. Maybe that will change in the future, but for now I am enormously proud to have a 100% hit rate on every hire we’ve made.

Now let’s talk about the wealthy people, I think you will find this more interesting. One thing I noticed that is CRITICAL to understand about wealthy people. Intelligence =/= Wealth. I’ve met far more intelligent poor/moderate intelligent individuals than I have intelligent wealthy people. Some of these wealthy people owed their riches to nepotism/inheritance, but most them built their wealth. It was startling to me, and frustrated me at how ‘dumb’ at times these people can be. Even to this day, while running a multi-million dollar company I am astounded. I have to rub shoulders and talk to these people all the time. The arrogance, the ego…it’s shocking to say the least. But one thing I really noticed and honed in on: their lack of ability to take no for an answer. This stood out as a trend. It didn’t matter if it was the stupidest idea ever, these people were hell bent on getting their way. Now it might’ve resulted in a giant waste of time and capital but they were going to go through as many bodies, and a ton of cash to figure that out. Sometimes, and probably due to talent, they hit it, and hit it big. And that taught me something extremely important:

Have conviction in whatever it is you are doing, until it is an absolute proven failure.

You might start off with a bad idea, but by continuing down the path you can adjust it into an amazing one. If I listened to any of the family, friends, vc’s, and strangers who told me not to start StealthGPT, chances are I’d still be poor, and unemployed. I’d most likely have to lean on my family while I figured out my life. But I said no, I’m going to do this thing. Whenever someone told me not to, I looked at them, smiled, nodded with the full assurance I was going down this path. I was going to see it through to the end and am I excited that I did.

The takeaways:

Hope this helps…until next time. See ya 🙂

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