I,d say enjoy being 22, don’t take yourself to seriously and reflection will come with age.
I realize the guy is young and hope he is just using hyperbole and does not honestly believe what he is saying.
I'm willing to bet the guys that queue outside of places like Lowes and Home Depot hoping to just get some day labor to feed their families experience quite a bit of hardship. Probably same for the guys that sneak over the border to get jobs working on farms to send money back to their families, or the person that works for a company for 20 years and is laid off. The author willingly dropped out of college to start a business.
I never really understood professional stress until I got to the point where I realized my kids eating depended on me bringing home an income. Whenever I get stressed about work it helps to realize that the problem is probably solvable and that I have it no where near as bad as these guys doing back breaking physical labor to do the same thing I am trying to do, feed people they care about.
I wish the author nothing but success but he is being a tad dramatic.
i applaud the guy for his entrepreneurship, especially from his roots in small-town india.
Eyeballing: average age seems to be mid 30's.
EDIT: 35.4, you can run in your console on that thread:
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So, if you don't go to harder goals and projects, like having children, life can get easier. But it's always your conscious decision to move on to a harder difficulty level.
Now I am a managing partner in 3 companies and have all the issues above. Work is ok, manageable, but the personal issues are REALLY hard to cope with, specially the irreversible ones related to aging and health.
It the past, resilience was a key attitude to me. Nowadays I see acceptance as being more important.
I am starting to understand this, too. Very well said.
I'm curious if elderly people with many, many kids tend to be happier due to much more frequent contact with loved ones.
Perhaps at 22 you don't have the full perspective of what life can be. I certainly didn't at that age (now I'm 41 and I guess I have a better perspective for sure).
It's hard to believe that one has the full perspective at any age.
Looking at the other side of the spectrum, what are the chances of an immigrant to achieve the same level of perspective after living for a year in Manhattan?
I believe it is a more productive -- and joyful -- exercise to think about the role you want to have in the context you belong to.
somewhere around midlife your perspectives will shift again. i imagine when you hit your later senior years (retirement age), yet again.
Perhaps? It goes without saying that until you hit retirement you don't have a full perspective of what life can be. Until say 10 years after life starts to degrade for you (age-related health), you will not have a full perspective.
Ah, that explains the unnecessary and distracting showing off by swearing in the title.
The rest I could take, but middle-aged? Truly hell.
It's amazing how entrepreneurship is so textbook nowdays.
Quit job ->. start company->. be minimalist ->. Get funding ->. post tech blog ->. blog on founder struggle. ->. Blog on failure ->. Travel ->. Become a one-bagger.
All of this in few months
Working really hard can take a serious toll on you. Not quite in the same way that common midlife stressors can pull you in 20 different directions (kids, aging parents, etc). But in the moment, the stressors are very real to the individual.
He's from India too.
Also, I agree that raising kids may be something that is more difficult that you additionally have to do (all the other things have no correlation with age), but some of the replies here come off to me like that one jacked dude in the gym giving the newbies stick for being weak. At their current musculature, they are doing the best they can. Difficulty levels are relative.
The author picked the fight. People are dismissing what he's saying because writing that makes him come across as self-aggrandising. As a result, people are making a judgement call that the guy probably doesn't have much to offer.
To continue with your gym analogy, it's like some weedy guy walking into a gym and telling all the jacked guys that they're exercising wrong and he can teach them better form. That may in fact be true - being able to teach form doesn't require you to be jacked, and vice versa. But more than likely this person is talking out their ass.
I'm 23 and when I read that sentence it totally turned me off the article, the author seemed like a tool, and I completely agree with all the 30-40 yr olds in this thread saying the same thing.
Being 22 is harder if you pass on opportunities to get perspective...
All I'm saying is, all things considered, building a business is hard regardless of what age you are.
That means that more people will face more challenges at the same time as they age. And, more importantly, any individual facing real hardship while young is unfortunately still likely to face greater hardships as they get older. That is why the OP's advice to build perspective earlier in life is useful for everyone, and does not discount the reality of hardship for the article writer or other young people.