Bill Gates said that most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.
In 2009 I was a student living out of my overdraft. I was single and had been to a grand total of two foreign countries (three if you include Wales). And I had never tasted gin.
Since then I have:
- Finished my Degree.
- Started and finished a Masters Degree.
- Made a living gambling. Then retired.
- Launched a tech startup. And sold it.
- Launched a coffee shop. And sold it.
- Launched Pipehouse Gin.
- Became a police officer. Then quit.
- Published two books.
- Launched this blog. Made a living from this blog.
- Briefly became internet famous.
- Started playing table tennis. Quit table tennis.
- Started two table tennis businesses. Both still going strong.
- Started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Got my blue belt. Then got my purple belt.
- Travelled to 30+ countries.
- Met Emma.
- Married Emma.
A lot of what I am most proud of I didn’t even know existed back in 2009. I had never heard of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Never met Emma. Never listened to a podcast. I didn’t like coffee. I had never tasted gin. I didn’t know what blogging was. And Amazon FBA didn’t exist.
Here’s to a new decade. No matter where you are in life don’t underestimate how much can change and what you can achieve in the next ten years.
Happy New Decade!
From top left across: Getting my purple belt in BJJ. My first office. My book. Celebrating my 30th with 20+ close friends. Getting married. Winning best new coffee shop 2014. Pipehouse Gin. Graduating as a special constable. A table tennis bat and case from my brand Eastfield.