I Approached This List

OF 50 THINGS every 18-year-old (i.e., someone starting out in adult life) should know with the idea of seeing when I learned them (before 18, at 18, or after?), and discovered that I’m still trying to appropriate some of them.

But perhaps my favorite is:

48) You beat 50% of the people by just showing up. You beat another 40% by working hard. The last 10% is a dogfight in the free enterprise system.

And I would add that, if you can be comfortable being somewhere in the top 10%, you can have a good life.

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