What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self?

my biggest life lessons

Personal blog by our CEO, Brent Mondoux

Today a friend of mine reached out to me and asked me to help her with a project that she’s doing. She asked me “Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to your younger self?”. Here are my biggest life lessons; there are personal stories behind each one of these lessons but I’ll spare you the details.

  • Strive to be happy; try not to let things you can’t control get to you

    Don’t worry about what you cannot change. Complaining about the weather, bad traffic, taxes, someone else’s stupidity or working is completely useless. Just be happy you’re alive, no matter what is suboptimal, it could always be worse.

  • The right circle

    The only thing limited in life is time. Surround yourself with positive people. As difficult as it is, cut the negative people out of your lives. You don’t have time for that.

  • Physical possessions don’t matter

    Any physical possessions that are not necessities in life only bring temporary happiness. Life experiences trump physical possessions any day. The sooner you learn this, the likelier you will life a happy fulfilled life.

  • Money matters, but only later

    Save money & invest it systematically and without emotion, each and every month. Your future self with early retirement and complete freedom from work will thank you immensely for it.

  • Maintain work/life balance

    Work hard but not at the expense of life. Do not sacrifice family and friends for work. We never know when our time is up; nobody wants their last living thought to be “If only I…”

  • Push past boundaries

    Never let a perceived obstacle stand in your way. For 9 years I let fear stand in my way of achieving my potential. Today I’m 10x more successful than a few years ago. So long as I keep pushing boundaries, who knows where I’ll be in a few more years.

These lessons have transformed my life. After learning each one of these I have been incapable of looking at things the same way. If, like my younger self, you struggle with any one of these I urge you to get a mentor to help you through them!

Brent Mondoux
CEO, N-VisionIT Interactive
Ottawa web design

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