Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind, Michael, and you won’t know it until later (unless you are really prescient) is that every single second you spent doing what you did in corporate America is going to come in monumentally useful at some point in the future. NO TIME is ever wasted. That dishonors the work you put in, the heartfelt effort, the energy, the lessons, the education. I am twice your age, and from this perch I have noticed that in one way or another every job I ever did, every price I ever paid, every fuckup and failure and bullshit story I ever told myself was critically important. Kindly try not to dishonor your good work to date. You are where you’re supposed to be now, you were where you’re supposed to be then. I also had to live at home for a while about the same age. Thank god we have a landing pad. And thank god we have those lessons. Trust the process. The process is perfect because it’s uniquely yours. No judgment. Just live it, Michael. Not always easy, but I wish in some ways someone had said that to me in my thirties. But here we are. What an extraordinary life you’ve had so far- and you have every right to be supremely proud of all of it. You cannot learn how useless the business of chasing money for money’s sake is until you have done it, see the belly of the beast, and decided that it sucks. No Kidding. But just think of the power of that perspective, and how you can speak with deep and very real authenticity to how hollow that journey can be. AND you are off the treadmill before 30. Not a stereotype. If anything, just another lilypad from which to launch your next adventure.

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