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14 things I wish I knew at 25 (now that I’m 38)

Alex Mathers
4 min readDec 27, 2022


I’m writing soon after my 38th birthday. It’s a time to reflect.

I am compelled to pass on a little about what I now know…

Focus on becoming useful.

All this stuff about finding happiness and doing what you’re passionate about is a distraction.

Focus on building your value to the world. Sure experiment with lots of stuff first, but gradually begin focusing on being great at less.

Happiness will spring out of your sense of contribution.

Start putting money aside.

When it seems like you have all the time in the world, saving money seems pointless.

But you will thank your younger self for putting away a little cash into a savings fund — because that shit grows and accumulates fast.

Create that account, then make it impossible to take money out.

You don’t need ‘fixing.’

Ignore people who say you need to work on your issues.

There’s nothing wrong with you.

Thinking you have baggage and trauma keeps you in fear and limits you.

Instead, focus on creating experiences, making others happy, and building cool things.

Society wants you weak and depressed.

There is more wisdom in you than in the crowd.

The net result of tuning into what the masses want for you is depression and a one-way ticket to Loser Ville.

Follow what you know is right and ignore trends.

Don’t believe anything’ mainstream.’

Mainstream media is nothing more than entertainment designed to make you fearful so that you depend on them for solutions.

The only advice or motivation I ever get is from happy people who are doing well.

Schools, the news, dietary advice, mainstream entertainment — all clueless.

Don’t become dependent on stimulants.



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