I guess you have no idea how old you are; yet, you know the number of years you’ve been alive. Your true age is equal to the amount of years you have left.

Let me explain:

If you’re 26 and you’re going to die next week, you’re older than an 80 year old person who has a couple of years left to live.

People sit on two sides of the fence when it comes to life. Some say it’s a time for exploration. Others say it’s a time to get serious about your path going forward.

I say it’s time to get serious about your path going forward regardless of how old you are.

Here are my tips for a full life I experienced and which I am still experiencing every day.

If I could travel back in time, here’s what I would tell the young 21 year old version of myself


1. Do not ever make the mistake of thinking that you can, or will, or have ever arrived.  Whether it is to a state of happiness, income, or mindset.  I had this mentality during crucial stretches of my twenties, to my own detriment.  Thinking you’ve ‘achieved’ is a static worldview and stunts your growth.  Come to terms with the fact that if you want to achieve, you can never stop trying.  If you’re not learning something every day, you’re stagnating or regressing.  The best companies in the world need to improve every day or be taken over by competitors, and I think there is something analogous in the human sense.

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About Ziad K Abdelnour

Ziad K. Abdelnour is President & CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc., a New York based private equity ”family office” that focuses on originating, structuring, advising and acting as equity investor in management-led buyouts, strategic minority equity investments, equity private placements, consolidations, buildups, and growth capital financing's in companies and projects based both in the US and emerging markets.