“I think it’s important that you understand how it works, and how you can get rich doing it.”
“I have to make the decision whether to give my career away to someone else or give my own to them.
If I’m going to work with somebody, I want to do it with them.
That’s the only way I can be successful.
I think it is important to understand how you get rich and the things that are necessary to succeed at it.
I’m not going to try to explain it.
It’s a process.”
“It is important not to be a slave to the ego of what you’re trying to achieve.
It is important for you to be yourself.
You can’t be what you want to be.”
“I’m a good person.
I am an honest person.
But I can’t do everything myself.
I’ve got to do that myself.”
“If you have a friend who has a really good idea about what you are trying to do, and you can’t see it, they’ll just get mad at you for not being able to make it happen.
You’re going to have to be careful about how you use your ego and your own sense of self to get what you need.
You have to work for what you have, and be able to take what you get.”
“I’ve had enough people tell me to go back to school, but I’m still very much an adult.
I have a lot of responsibility.
I still have to think and work out what I want.
If people are going to tell me, ‘Go back to university, go back into the workforce,’ I’m sure I will.
But if I can do it, it’s good for me.”
“[My parents] taught me that life is just a journey and you have to go through life in order to achieve something.
I can learn to do whatever I want, as long as it makes sense to me.
It can be something I enjoy doing, as a hobby, as something I’m passionate about.
I don’t have to take any money.
I get paid for doing what I do.
I know that’s not the end goal, but if it makes me happy, then that’s what it’s about.
It makes me proud to be able do what I love.
That is a lot to ask of anyone.”
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