Have You Already Peaked?

I love my generation. I respect the hell out of the fact that there are so many people doing so many amazing things. It’s like one big idea-crazed, brain-mash, collaborative orgy out there – and baby, I swing. I swing to the cows come home with the movers and shakers out there who have accomplished so much at such a young age. I don’t want to be them, or even be like them, but I do everything I can to learn from them – I want them (you) to push me to be better and try harder – I want to grow and learn TOGETHER.

I speak very highly about our generation (when a lot of folks think very negatively about us) because even through the drama, even after all of the nay-saying and “taking sides”, even with all of the competition, I genuinely believe in what our generation represents and what we’re going to do to change the world, just as every generation before us has – they laid the groundwork for us to succeed, and now it’s our turn to seize that opportunity and clear a path for our children, our children’s children, etc. That time to make things happen is right now.

I genuinely believe I’ve associated myself with people who are going to be the proverbial game changers in their respective fields – People who have already done so much more than I have that I LOVE talking to, learning from and sharing ideas with. Every day I go to bed with a nugget of knowledge that I didn’t wake up with that morning – and to say the least, it’s pretty damn exciting.

Generation Y’s Fatal Flaw

The problem, and only problem I see getting in the way of our success is ourselves – our ego – the mindset that we’ve already done so much – that we’ve already arrived and that we “deserve” to be recognized, praised, and admired. That somehow we’re owed something – and that at the age of 25, we’ve hit our peak.

It’s bullshit.

I have no doubt every single one of you have done great things. I have no hesitation in saying that you’ve overcome adversity and accomplished (a lot) in the “first quarter” of your life. But if you think you’ve already “arrived” and you’re at your peak – if you think “this is it” and you’re at the top of you’re game…what comes next? What do you have to look forward to? Where could you possibly go? Are you already thinking that “it’s all downhill from here”?

Think about this, if you will: What have you really done up until this point (professionally)? What tangible things have you created for yourself and your future? Are you actually doing things, or just talking about doing things?

Me? I’ve built a thriving community of forward-thinking people here at Life Without Pants, I’ve gained solid “nine to five” experience in both agency and non-agency environments, and I’m in the (very) early embryonic stages of building my first business.

I’m proud as hell for accomplishing each of these things at the ripe old age of 24. I’ve surprised myself over and over again along the way. But I also know that in the grand scheme of things none of this gives me “status” – nothing there warrants me the “I’m Matt Cheuvront, don’t hate me ‘cause you ain’t me” badge. (For you Sara Davidson)

I’m a very small, tiny, microcosmic fish in a massive pond of movers, shakers, and opportunity. I know my place and I love it – and honestly, I’m thrilled just to be swimming with so many unique fish getting around in the deep blue sea. You should be too…it’s a pretty frickin’ exciting out there.

Keep the ego in check

Don’t let your ego take over. Don’t be “that guy” who acts like he “deserves” to be where he’s at. Maybe you do, maybe (and more than likely) you are where you are because you’ve busted your ass and work hard. But it’s “that guy” who demands an unwarranted status that gives our demographic a bad rep to the “outside world”.

My advice is to stay humble and grounded – know where you’re going and never forget where you came from. Don’t sit there and tell me that you’ve reached your peak – because at twenty-something years old, you’re kidding yourself if you think it’s the truth.

You have a long way to go and a LOT to learn, my young Padawans, and I’m right there with you – learning the ways of the force every step of the way. Enjoy the journey, celebrate the success of others, learn, and hold on tight as we all roll on with this crazy momentum our generation possesses.

It’s fun – and it’s supposed to be enjoyable. Negativity isn’t sustainable, so don’t fall into that trap.

And don’t focus on “keeping up” – don’t worry about what everyone else is doing or how fast they’re moving – you go at the pace YOU are comfortable with and be content with that. Push yourself to do more, but don’t let anyone else dictate what you should or shouldn’t be doing – take ALL advice (both positive and negative) with a grain of salt. Make your own decisions.

Know your worth, value what you bring to the table, stand firm that you are a hell of a contribution to your business, community, etc – but stay grounded, remain humble, and stay classy. It’ll get you far.

(Image c/o C. Engelen)


60 Responses
  • Jonny Reply

    Great post man. Love you passion for our generation and all its capable of. It is this viewpoint that has allowed you to associated and built such a community.

    For me, it is not so much how much I have achieved by 24, it is how much I HAVEN'T achieved. I have a restless nature and am alway comparing what I do to everyones else. I have seen so much achieved by so many young people I find it hard to stop myself thinking I am falling behind.

    In a way this is a motivation but also a hindrance as it can attack you motives all the time.

    Great post Matt and more power to you.

  • Tariq West Reply

    Interesting reminder. Calls to mind my highschool graduation address back in '06: “As we look back now, over the distances traveled in time, in thought and in experience, it is important to remember that we stand not at a summit, but rather in the foothills of our potential. We – family, friends, students and faculty – are assembled here to today to celebrate the realization of a minute fraction of the possible.” We must free ourselves of that precious and painful delusion that leads us to believe that the game has somehow been played at the age of 20-something.

  • Matt Cheuvront Reply

    Yes – I know that feeling of always wanting to do more – it's in my mind ALL the time, and as you said, it can be and is a blessing and a curse – important to stay driven at motivated, but exhausting if you focus on trying to keep up with the rest of the world – you have to move at your own pace, go your own way, and not get stuck riding on the coattails of everyone around you (easier said than done).

    This post uses the word “generation” a lot within – but I genuinely believe this has nothing to do with our specific generation, but rather, our age – in our mid twenties we're trying to figure everything out, trying to get ahead – and this mentality can lead to a lot of competition, information hoarding, and an unwillingness to collaborate – eventually though, once you're able to focus on what you do and how you can be successful doing it, you'll exude a confidence that leads to a much more “collaborative” mindset – I see it in people who are barely older than us.

    We'll get there – in the meantime I'll keep enjoying the ride. Cheers Jonny!

  • Matt Cheuvront Reply

    Great point Tariq – but as I look around, I see so many people who exude the attitude that they have arrived, that they know all there is to know – which leads to an unwillingness to absorb new information and learning. Confidence is a great and powerful thing to have, but if we get stuck up on our pedestal, we're missing out on a ton of opportunity around us.

  • jasonmollica Reply

    Nice post, Matt. The one minor disagreement is that I don't think it's just GenY that thinks this way. My generation had many of the same feelings not that many years ago. Every generation, to some extent, get feelings of entitlement. It's part of the territory. We get a taste of success and we want more. As we get older, we (hopefully) realize that we need to continue to absorb information and adapt to the times.

    Negativity is a horrible thing, by the way. Glad you brought that up. The minute you go negative, there's no turning back. Stay positive, folks!

  • Josh Byrd Reply

    Great post Matt, I meet so many that think they deserve the badge you talk about. I even catch myself doing it sometimes but I don't want to be that guy. Like you, I'm just getting started. Let's see where this crazy ride takes us. Always do our best and don't worry about the rest!

  • Lauren Sandelin Reply

    Awesome post, Matt.

    I definitely have to echo Jonny on his point about focusing more attention on what I haven't achieved yet rather than what I've already done. I have a fear of becoming complacent – for reasons I have yet to figure out, but that fear is there nonetheless. Anything accomplished is just another check off the list, but that list is a mile long. There's always room to tack on something else and charge right at it. When you start thinking you've got it all figured out and there's nothing left to tackle (no matter the age), that's when you're in trouble.

  • Susan Pogorzelski Reply

    Matt: This is a nice post and a great reminder. I've been saying the same thing for months, even years — it's all about perspective. Life doesn't end when you hit a certain age. I think we're so much into this convenience craze, this need for things to happen right now, right this moment, that we lose sight of the big picture and the fact that we have a lifetime to live. There are those who set a timeline for themselves: to be married by 22, to have a family by 25, to be a millionaire by 30. But what does that mean? What comes after that? Having goals are beautiful, but then the downside is that you feel like a failure if it doesn't happen the way you've planned. And nothing could be farther from the truth.

    Dreams are dreams for a reason — you have to work hard to make them a reality. And sometimes, those dreams and goals take a lifetime to achieve. But that doesn't make that accomplishment any less remarkable, any less special.

    To those who have worked hard and pushed through obstacles while going for what's important to them, while maintaining their dignity along the way, I say good for them — that success is deserved and they absolutely should be proud of themselves. But to those who haven't reached that place yet, I wouldn't worry so much about playing “catch up.” At whatever age — there's still a whole lot of living yet to do. There are going to be more accomplishments and new dreams. You never, ever know where a life will lead you.

    My $0.02. Good post, Matt!

  • Jaycee Reply

    I liked that you showcased the pros and cons of Generation Y. I have to say this our generation rocks!!!

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  • glasshalffullpr Reply

    Great post Matt. We sort of touched on this the other day and I hear what you are saying. As an “older” Gen-Y'er (age: 27) its amazing how much more you will learn even between 24 and 27. I think in general, your 20's are for you to really learn a lot. Things change and people change so rapidly. I can't even say I'm the same person I was at 24. And what is great is I'm so flippin' excited to find out more about myself and where I'm headed.

    And I'm going to “retweet” of sorts, your <bullshit> remarks about those who think at 25 the have peaked. Because its just that, bullshit. However, I still think those folks have a lot to offer, just need to get off their high horses.

    But yeah, I think our generation just needs to chill a bit and enjoy the ride.

  • Matt Cheuvront Reply

    I completely agree with you here – in hindsight, I should have put a big fat disclaimer that even though I mention the word “generation” many times throughout, this really is an age thing, not a Gen Y mentality.

    “…Just as every generation before us has – they laid the groundwork for us to succeed, and now it’s our turn to seize that opportunity and clear a path for our children, our children’s children, etc. That time to make things happen is right now.”

    Generation X, Z, whatever – they all went through this, they were all my age once, trying to get ahead which led to more competition, etc. It's something we'll outgrow, but important to remember that at this stage of the game, we've far from “made it” – There's a long road ahead…

  • Matt Cheuvront Reply

    Agreed Josh – it's easy to find yourself up on the pedestal but you've gotta stay grounded, right?

    Thanks for coming by – checked out your site – sweet customization of Thesis and always great to connect with a fellow Nashville native (born and raised in Nashville myself). Cheers!

  • Srinivas Rao Reply

    Hey Matt,

    I'm not really 20-something, even though I may have successfully convinced you all otherwise. But, since I've been through my 20's I think I have a few things to say about this. You guys are in a very different time than I was in my 20's. You have opportunity at your fingertips like never before. But the fundamentals of good solid leadership and relationships haven't changed. The Ego is one of the most destructive things I've seen in people and it blows my mind that there are 20 somethings who think they are the best thing since sliced bread. If there is one thing that will be the downfall of any highly successful person, it's ego. I had a friend in bschool who was extremely argumentative. He hated it when he was wrong and would argue till he was blue in the face, or till you couldn't stand to be around him anymore. WE eventually stopped being friends because it was just exhausting to be friends with him. But, I knew that in a critical moment in his life, an intense business negotiation or something of the sort, his ego would get the best of him and that would be the difference between being extremely wealthy and slightly above average. Assuming all these 20 somethings live past 80, you've only experienced one quarter of your life, so there's plenty of wisdom to be gained. There's a big difference between wisdom and knowledge. Knowledge may get your foot in the door to an opportunity, but wisdom is what keeps you there. Wisdom only comes from experience and time. When I see egos in people, it's a guarantee that I have no interest in working with them.

  • tdhurst Reply

    Nothing like more completely blind praise toward a generation that has gotten more praise for simply not sucking than any before it.

  • Matt Cheuvront Reply

    Interesting. I don't see this as blind praise toward Generation Y. I suspect if blogs existed “back in the day”, there would have been plenty of Gen Xers, Baby Boomers, that sang praises on the web about what the people of their community were up to. We're not any different, and I don't claim that at all – this post is about an age group of people who are collectively claiming that they've “made it” when there's still a long road ahead. We'd all get a lot further if we cut out the “I'm sick of Gen Y” attitude – Gen Y isn't this elite group that should be held to a higher standard, it's an age demographic of people born between a certain time frame, so there's no “denying” it – and it's perfectly OK to be excited about the things that are going on around us.

  • Blake Sunshine Reply

    Matt- I loved this post! I'm really interested in learning more about human ego and how it effects people's lives. Have you read A New Earth by Ekhart Tolle? He says one of my favorite quotes about human ego, “The moment you become aware of the ego in you, it is strictly speaking no longer the ego, but just an old, conditioned mind-pattern. Ego implies unawareness. Awareness and ego cannot coexist.”
    Obviously it's impossible to completely let go of the ego, but the more I think about this quote and the more aware I become the closer I feel to letting it go!

  • Moon Hussain Reply

    I'm starting to see the light myself. I wish I had a couple of years ago but I guess we all have to go through our own personal journey to find what we're looking for.

    Definitely an interesting post.

  • benjamintwilcox Reply

    Honestly, who have you met that fits this stereotype of 'gen y I've made it' mentality? I don't want you to name names but I have never met someone that thinks they have made ioust our age other than lebron James. I feel like we are all fighting this invisible stereotypical person that doesn't actually exist. The people who would be reading this ESPECIALLY do not think they have made it because they are here sharing opinions and continually improving themselves through these discussions. I am a member of gen y, but constantly framing your perspective as a twenty something sets the standards lower for success. Compared to some people my age, I am a success if I didn't wake up with a hangover every Saturday and Sunday morning. We need to stop trying to fight how our generation is percieved and begin achieving success despite what generation our age may place us.

  • Sid Savara Reply

    Hey Matt,

    This is something I've thought about a lot too, but not just at 25. Even when I was in high school, I accomplished a lot academically and I wondered about whether I was just a big fish in a small pond – if I'd be able to do anything more once I got out and went to college, or if those were my “glory days.”

    I know for some people, for specific goals in their life, high school or college was their peak. They may have had dreams of the NBA or NFL, but those never panned out – and they have great lives, but they definitely had their sports peak at 18 or 22 or whatever

    I think the main thing to keep in mind is just because we've peaked in one area of our lives, it doesn't mean we're totally peaked – it just means that we've accomplished all we could for that goal, and there's much more out there in the rest of our lives.

    And just for you Matt: <insert pop music lyrics here>

    ;)

  • Tony Ruiz Reply

    My biggest take away from this post is stay humble and stay grounded. It's important to remember where you came from. Big things are ahead for our generation. It's almost as we formed our own mastermind group within the blogging community and we can all learn from each other.

  • Shereen Reply

    Matt,

    once again kudos on the mind tingling conversations you generate time and time again.

    This topic is near and dear to me, after recently hitting 31 (sniff sniff!!!) … no seriously … I thought I'd have it all figured out and have “peaked” in my career by now already, yet … I find myself constantly looking for the next learning opportunity and challenge. Whenever I think I'm there, something comes around the corner to show me clearly that I have much learning to do! The earlier comments hold true, because we peak in one area of our lives doesn't mean we're done all around.

    Thank you for keeping me inspired, even if I have been hidden in a quiet fish pond lately away from the buzz :)

  • Tim Jahn Reply

    What Tyler said.

  • Tim Jahn Reply

    “We need to stop trying to fight how our generation is percieved and begin achieving success despite what generation our age may place us.”

    Replace the post with this sentence?

  • Matt Cheuvront Reply

    I have met many – but you make a very good point here Ben. I can't argue with you and in hindsight, this post was not at all meant to come across as negative – or as trying to fight the Gen Y perception, but was rather to say that we've all got a long way to go and a lot we can and should be learning from one another – that the information hoarding and competitive side-taking is a wash and a waste. I'm sorry if it was perceived in the wrong way, thanks for the comment Ben.

  • Chris C. Ducker Reply

    I find that as long as you keep yourself in check, keep your head down, work hard and carve a lifestyle for yourself that you are happy and content with, that this is the most important thing.

    Nowadays its so easy with the web to 'lose yourself' and become a bighead. I certainly aint gonna let it happen to me, even though my blog is growing in popularity.

    Thanks for the great piece, Matt – highly enjoyed it.

    Chris

  • Matt Cheuvront Reply

    Hey Lauren! I think we all have that fear – the fear of getting “too comfortable” (I know I do) – which is good, but can also drive you nuts. At some point you have to be able to be content, at least to a degree – hungry for more, sure, but not so hungry that you never have a chance to relax and enjoy life, ya know? Even at 80 years old there's going to be stuff to tackle (I'll hopefully be on the golf course looking to break under par). That's the beauty of living, but don't let that desire and hunger for more overwhelm you.

  • Matt Cheuvront Reply

    Who don't know where life will lead, you can't ever anticipate everything that will happen next – but that's a beautiful part of life, at least in my opinion – that your fate isn't pre-determined and that choices are left up to you, and those choices are what get you through life.

    We are very “now” driven – I labeled us as “Generation Now” in a post a few weeks ago and that's very much where we're at in this day and age, through all walks of life, we demand immediacy, and when we don't get it, when we fall short of that, we get restless, hostile, you name it.

    I had a quick conversation with Ryan Stephens about this the other day, and we were in agreement, that we were going to start taking more time to enjoy things a little more, because, health providing, we've got some time – we don't have to do it all right now – and it's OK if we don't achieve everything by tomorrow.

    Thanks as always for the thoughtful comment Susan.

  • Matt Cheuvront Reply

    Agreed – good things all around! Thanks for the comment!

  • Matt Cheuvront Reply

    We all have a lot to offer – and that's what I have to understand, and everyone else needs to understand – that you have a ton of unique characteristics that I don't possess, and vice versa. We all bring something very different to the table and we can all be supremely successful in our own way. There is no one set path, there is no one definition of success – you live the life YOU want to lead and go with that.

    Thanks for the comment! Hope you're having a great week…

  • Matt Cheuvront Reply

    Well said Blake – and it is an interesting thing to analyze. I think often times an ego is a front for insecurity. We're living in a world where we HAVE to exude confidence (and confidence is obviously something you've gotta' have a lot of) but sometimes that confidence we're putting out there takes over the reality. You're quote about awareness and ego not coexisting is spot on – a big ego is usually, more times than not, a facade that's put up to hide what's really going on.

    You've got the wheel of thought in motion…a lot to think about, eh?

  • Matt Cheuvront Reply

    I think we'll be traveling toward the light throughout our lives, I don't anticipate arriving at it until my time is up here on Earth…Thanks for the comment Moon :)

  • Jen Reply

    Actually, to tell you the truth almost everyone that I have met who is around 25 years old or so fits exactly into this category that Matt describes. Most of them I have found to be here on this very blog, bitching and moaning. It is why I stopped reading for a while and only recently returned. Every single day I see young people thinking they already know everything there is to know about the world, in particular the working world. There is an attitude that gen Y'ers have and others can see it. Maybe where you are, you don't experience this, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. See, you just proved my point. Thanks. Regardless of whether or not you have experienced this or not, (I totally feel like my parents here saying “you'll see when you are older”) Matt gives some good advice to anyone not just Gen Y'ers to stay humble and grounded and not forget where you came from. I think everyone should take that advice. I know I am.

  • Matt Cheuvront Reply

    It's not always easy to do, but it's something I think about every single day Tony – and something we talked about during our interview – that a year ago I would have never imagined being where I am today – that life has a crazy way of completely changing, and then changing again in a flash. It's crazy – but it's exciting (a little frustrating sometimes, not gonna' lie) – but overwhelmingly a very good thing. Through it all, you've got to remember your roots and keep both feet on the ground…

  • Matt Cheuvront Reply

    Shereen! Great to see you here – I hope all is well with you lately :) It's people like you who honestly keep me doing what I do here with the blog – if I can impact ONE person in a positive way, my job is done and I can rest easy, so thank you for that.

    I had a great conversation with a friend last week who's a little bit older than me (30ish) and she was in the same boat as you – sort of up in arms because she didn't know what she wanted to do and was freaking out because, you know, society tells us by age 30 we're supposed to have everything aligned (riiiight). But we should all be comforted with the knowledge that we're all out there trying to figure stuff out, that very few of us have 'arrived' and that's OK.

    Thanks again Shereen – hope we can catch up soon.

  • Matt Cheuvront Reply

    I like this a lot Sid – that just because we've peaked in one area of our life, it doesn't mean we've “totally peaked” (this is starting to sound like a sexual innuendo) – you know what I mean. You may find success down one path, but there is plenty of room for success in other areas – if you feel you've conquered one thing, that's great – now go challenge yourself to something new.

    And thank you, Sid, for refraining from pop music lyric quoting, lol

  • Jen Reply

    Once again, excellent post Matt! It is important to remember to be humble in everything you do, even in your accomplishments.

    Henry Ward Beecher said: “Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.”

  • Tony Ruiz Reply

    Definitely! It only makes you wonder were we will be at 2 years from now. It's all about taking one day at a time.

  • Tim Jahn Reply

    And I see plenty of people older than 25 acting the same way. So are we back at square one?

  • niferann Reply

    If I have already peaked, that sucked. LOL! I realize I have a long way to go, although I don't nearly have as many accomplishments (in my eyes) as some of you other twenty-somethings. I don't really plan on “peaking” until the day I die!

  • mskarenau Reply

    Nice reference to Star Wars! wooo!!

    It's an interesting phenomenon that none of us can imagine what we might possible accomplish by the time we're 30, or 35. If we've already accomplished a lot by 25, who's to say we won't do even greater things over the next 10 years?

    10 years ago, we were 15. I'm sure we made leaps and bounds since then! Super excited to see where the following years will take us!

  • Gypsy Chick Reply

    I think the Gen Y-ers made a necessary change. Gen X was all about the 80 hour work weeks to sustain a life of excess. The next generation is choosing lifestyle over consumer goods. I jammed on the X-ers and am trying to get adopted into your generation.
    Love the name of your site. For many years I have celebrated what I call “No Pants Friday.” Same inclination, a relaxed day where I try to shake off the week. Didn't go over so well if I had meetings, but you know what I'm saying. Love it :)

  • Matt Cheuvront Reply

    A lot of interesting content on your blog Chris – I stopped by and read through some of your latest posts. Good stuff. Keeping yourself in check is easier said than done at times, but at the end of the day – you really need to stay focused on what YOU are doing, and not how you compare to everyone else. That shift in mentality alone will get you a long way. Thanks for the comment!

  • Matt Cheuvront Reply

    Thank you Jen – brilliant quote, I completely agree…

  • Matt Cheuvront Reply

    Exactly – once you settle into the “it's all downhill from here” mindset, is there anything (at all) to look forward to? I don't think so. I'd rather be looking up than looking toward the end.

  • Matt Cheuvront Reply

    I don't think I reference Star Wars nearly enough around here :)

    I fully expect to accomplish some great things in the next 10 years. We often talk about how short that time frame is, but in reality, 10 years is a lot of time. 10 years ago I was bagging groceries traveling around with the marching band (nerd alert) and now, here I am…it's amazing how much you have really accomplished once you take a look at everything in retrospect.

    Thanks for the comment Karen – I hope all is well :)

  • Matt Cheuvront Reply

    Haha – I think that the world would be a much better place if we could (literally) have a no pants day every so often. Let down the inhibitions and just go for it, eh? Thanks for the comment – glad to have you here!

  • jskardzius Reply

    Hello Matt. I came across this post by way of a friend's RT. I have enjoyed reading both your post as well as your contemporaries' responses. Your generation has pressures brought to bear upon it that none other have faced, ever. You have the burden of, well, me and those just ahead of me. We, as a result of our indulgence and sheer numbers will be a constantly increasing drain of your generation's resources. That will make your tenure an continuously competitive one. What an opportunity! Let's say that if you are concerned about “peaking too soon at 1/4 of my lifetime,” I am doubly so for me. At 27 I earned a Vice Presidency of the company I was with. It had 1o people. By the time i was 30 the company had 23 people and had quadrupled in profit as a result of my efforts. By 32 I bought the owner out. By 37 we were the target of an acquisition. I/we had made it! By 46, all of the vested shares were worth negative dollars. Years of 180 day travel schedules and 14 hour days came to an end.
    At 50, I hear your plaintive cry.”have I peaked?” The truth is, there are no peaks, there is ebb, and flow. The trick is to catch a wave, ride it. ENJOY it. Savour the ebb. Use that quiet time to learn, or re-learn. Prepare to catch the next wave. There is always another wave. Sometimes they crash over you, others you ride long and high and its the rush of a lifetime. I enjoy the energy of your 25. The edginess of the fear of peaking. I think I'll be riding this wave for a bit and see what I can learn from it. I may even comment on occasion. Thanks Matt.

  • Matt Cheuvront Reply

    Right on here – the ebb and flow, that's what it's all about, there are going to be peaks, there are undoubtedly going to be valleys – but from what I've learned, it all balances itself out and with the bad comes the good. I'll keep focusing on living and learning…Cheers!

  • Sean Reply

    Hey Matt, I really enjoyed reading this post, mainly because I think I can relate to it so much. Having just turned 25 myself, there are definitely times where I look back and am pretty proud of the stuff that I've accomplished. At the same time, I look at the things that I could do and can't help but think that I really haven't done shit.

    I liked your point about not letting your ego take over. As soon as you do that , its all downhill. Being humble, modest, and recognizing that you still have a hell of a lot to learn, and a long way to go, is most likely going to be a recipe to success.

    Lately, I've been slacking on reading my favorite blogs, but every time I come over to your site I am reminded by how much I enjoy your writing, and how important your message is. With so many people in our generation trending towards the egotistical side of things, you always bring me back to where I know I should really be. I appreciate that. Keep it up, and I wish you continued good luck with the new business.

  • Matt Cheuvront Reply

    I appreciate the kind words Sean – there's a lot of folks out there with their head in the clouds – it's important to remember that we're all on the same playing field. We've all done a lot and we all still have a long way to go (which means something completely different for each of us). You've done a hell of a lot Sean and you continue to be an inspiration for myself and many others. Keep doing what you do…

  • Chris Hughes Reply

    This is awesome! I turned 22 in December and a lot of my friends have told me that they are envious of where I'm at. The thing is, being surrounded by people like you causes me to realize that what I've accomplished it merely a ripple in t he ocean of whats truly possible. Everyday I feel like there is still so much to do in order to be where I want to be by the time I turn 25,30,50, etc and that's the reason for me constantly trying to learn more.

    One problem I seem to have is taking time to appreciate the things that I have accomplished. I feel like seeing people like you and others in this community doing such major things that the small goals I accomplish aren't worth taking time off to celebrate them. Is there anything you'd recommend to do in order to really feel like what I'm doing is in alignment with my future goals?

    Maybe it is just my ego trying to seep out and get some recognition for what I've been doing. I'm still learning but am grateful for every experience that I have. How can we remain humble while still appreciating what we have accomplished?

  • Matt Cheuvront Reply

    First of all – I'm just another ripple Chris. You shouldn't put me or anyone else up on a pedestal – we're all young trying to figure things out, screwing up and getting a few things right here and there along the way. We're living, bottom line.

    Second – and my main piece of advice, is seriously take the time to enjoy your successes and accomplishments – and stay focused on YOU, not anyone around you – the more time you dedicate to what's happening around you, the less time your spending improving your own well-being, career, etc. This is something I've stayed true to through and through, every time I obtain a new client, I go out and buy a bottle of wine, or treat myself to a new CD – something to celebrate the 'little victories' along the way. It's SO important that you're taking time out for yourself and appreciating your accomplishments.

    And if you ever want to chat (away from our blogs) I'm more than happy to! Cheers my friend.

  • Chris Hughes Reply

    I should probably start doing that. I typically end up at the bar with my friends and waste more money than I should be spending on drinks, but I mean it is my senior year so I guess i'm supposed to do that? haha

    The past weekend(Friday & Saturday) I took off and didn't do any work at all for my business/clients and just had an enjoyable weekend being outside & enjoying relaxing. After doing this, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday have been so productive for me. Maybe I need to start doing that more often and focus on being more productive during the week to truly enjoy the weekend.

    I'd love to chat, I think we're connected on skype but I haven't been on lately because of classes + work. If not, my skype is ChristopherHughes15 and twitter is @WhosChrisHughes

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  • Suzyhm Reply

    Hi Matt! I got on here by accident and don`t know if I`ll find it again by accident! My husband and I just got our first- ever nursing- home ad .. a real bummer! We`re 66 and 67. we are awed by the many things people your age know! Our grandchildren amaze us! And we really, really like you, you people of the future!A blink of the eye ago, we were you. Old people were a group we would never be. Now, suddenly, it`s us! We lost our farm in the eighties.. we started over as town dwellers.. and now through hard work and not spending more than we took in, we own lovely duplexes we rent out,which we built with our own hands, in our sixties. Young people..you can do anything you put your minds to! Never fear failure.. it can be overcome. If I could give advice…be honest in all things.. make your word mean something good! Don`t sweat small things.. it`s not worth making someone unhappy just to have it your way! Don`t ever be afraid to say ” I`m sorry”, or ” I was wrong”. Make every second a happy second… and remember, when sadness comes, and it will, time does heal sorrow. And don`t forget, when we die.. we are going to go somewhere. You choose where. We choose Heaven. God bless and keep you dear youn people!! Thanks for letting me ” spout”!

  • Matt Cheuvront Reply

    Hi Suzy…'spouting' is always welcome and encouraged here. Thank you very much for your kind words and for sharing a bit of wisdom here. I find so much truth in what you say and I hope that more folks my age will realize that wasting energy on being negative toward one another is just that, a waste. Life is a gift, it's a journey, a journey that won't end for me until the day I die.

    Hope you'll be a regular around here – your thoughts are always more than welcome…

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