24 Lessons Learned By 24

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Andrew Birkett
Date Published:
Mar 4, 2019

I am turning 24 this Thursday (March 7th, 2019). Though I am incredibly hard on myself, I know deep down that I’ve done a lot for someone my age. I’ve started a company, met an amazing woman, designed & published games, graduated from college, wrote articles for a recognized board game magazine, wrote two novels, and have worked on projects that have raised over $75k on Kickstarter. I’ve also made my fair share – maybe more so – of blunders along the way. So here are the top 24 things I’ve learned before my 24th birthday.

    Life and business are about people

People matter more than anything else. Period. Let people know how much they’re valued. This pertains to family, friends, co-workers, employees, and anyone else your path crosses with. All of Atheris’ success can be attributed to the amazing people we’ve been fortunate enough to work with. A leader is nothing without followers.

    Do what makes you happy

Don’t do something that makes you miserable. Though, don’t mistake current challenges as forever either. Sometimes there are things you’ll not completely enjoy that will guide you to where you need to go. The real task is evaluating a plan and doing things in pursuit of that plan – though, don’t be afraid to change it, none of us completely know what we want to do with our lives, and that’s fine.

    Life is meaningless if not used in pursuit of making others happy as well

Far too few people actually take time out of their day to do nice things for others. Though, it is incredibly important to do so. Even little things can make a huge difference. Several times at larger conventions I’ve left my hotel not to play games but pass out snacks to homeless people. I’ve also just talked to them. I’ve treated them like humans, which sadly is a rarity. Little things go a long way. As Gandhi put it, “be the change you want to see in the world.”

    Money only matters to a point

It’s not great having no money, but there are plenty of wealthy folks who are only rich monetarily. Money is one of the least important things we have. Time is our most valuable resource and should be treated as such. Lowering expenses to do more of what makes you happy without having financial stresses

    Everyone’s path is different.

No one is the same. In a world of billions of people, we’re all unique. Some paths might share similarities, but they won’t be the same. Don’t look at others with envy. You’re not on the same journey.

    Everyone you meet is dealing with some struggle

Everyone is dealing with problems. No one knows the dilemmas going through someone’s mind, the stresses, the pain, the anguish. Treat people accordingly.

    To-Do lists drastically increase productivity

My gosh. It seems simple and almost naïve. How could writing down the things you do every day help any? Who knows? But it really does. It helps a ton. To-do lists are massively helpful. Make them and use them to hold yourself accountable.

    Your biggest weakness may become your greatest strength

Sometimes it makes sense to hire or find assistance when your weakness is so great that it would take too long to get to the level of others. For example, I’ll never have the natural or learned talent of graphic design, so we work with professionals.

However, I failed 1stgrade for a reading disability and now pride myself on being a writer. I also read almost every day. Learning and working hard turned my greatest weakness into my biggest strength (with the help of some amazing people, including my beautiful mother who read to me every night growing up).

    Board games are awesome

This one is pretty obvious. Board games have the ability to bring people together for a shared experience. They’re really great. I’m really proud to be able to publish and design board games.

    Life has a weird tendency to work itself out (if you try hard enough)

It’s easy to think that things are going so wrong and that they’ll never get better. Though, that’s wrong. Things do get better. Life has this weird tendency to work itself out. Though only if you work hard enough to do everything in your power to achieve your dreams.

    More work does not equal more output

Over working yourself does no good. Find ways to do more in less time. Getting in the right mindset before work is wildly helpful.

    Intelligence is relative to subject matter

No one is good at everything. It’s really hard to look down upon people when you think about how much better than you, they are at something.

    Sometimes things don’t go as planned, often for the better

Having a life plan is nice. Though, when things go awry that’s ok. It happens and is usually for the best. Don’t worry about it.

    Failure leads to growth

Failure is good. Society has this strange idea that failure is a negative, but it is not. It’s the single best way to learn.

    Good things happen to good people and bad things do as well

Good things happen to good people. Everyone has heard that one before, but bad things happen to good people, as well. Life likes to throw challenges at people. There is nothing we can do to stop it. All we can do is be the best people we can be and hope for the best. Things will all fall into place in the end.

    Life is about handling obstacles

When life throws you those massive road blocks, those seemingly insurmountable obstacles – take them on. Life is all about handling those challenges. You’ll be stronger because of it.

    Persistence is key

Persistence is key. If you want something bad enough, you shouldn’t quit when the going gets tough. Push on. You can do anything you set your mind to.

    Stress doesn’t lead to anything good

Stressing out about things doesn’t make them any easier. It’s hard to eliminate stress entirely. Though, find ways to mitigate your stress.

    Exercise is good for your mental and physical health

One great way to mitigate stress is exercise. Exercise is excellent for mental and physical health.

    Don’t take life too seriously

It’s ok to relax. It’s ok to joke. Humor is good. Laughter is good. There are times when adulting is critical, but other times it’s better to laugh.

    Never get caught up in the pursuit of more

It’s easy to get caught up in things. It’s easy to not feel like you have enough: not enough money, not enough shoes, not enough watches. Though, the desire for more is futile. Be happy with what you have.

    Integrity matters

You’re only as good as your word. As mentioned earlier people matter and anything you do to make them feel otherwise will ultimately hurt you in the end, too. Be kind.

    Without marketing, even the best products will fail

Marketing or rather the lack-there-of is the number one reason people are unable to successfully launch their products. Good marketing is about being authentic.

    Never stop learning

Learning is not something that ever stops. Always be hungry for more knowledge. As Francis Bacon said, “knowledge is power.”

Main image: Photo by Miguel Á. Padriñán from Pexels

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24 Lessons Learned By 24

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I am turning 24 this Thursday (March 7th, 2019). Though I am incredibly hard on myself, I know deep down that I’ve done a lot for someone my age. I’ve started a company, met an amazing woman, designed & published games, graduated from college, wrote articles for a recognized board game magazine, wrote two novels, and have worked on projects that have raised over $75k on Kickstarter. I’ve also made my fair share – maybe more so – of blunders along the way. So here are the top 24 things I’ve learned before my 24th birthday.

    Life and business are about people

People matter more than anything else. Period. Let people know how much they’re valued. This pertains to family, friends, co-workers, employees, and anyone else your path crosses with. All of Atheris’ success can be attributed to the amazing people we’ve been fortunate enough to work with. A leader is nothing without followers.

    Do what makes you happy

Don’t do something that makes you miserable. Though, don’t mistake current challenges as forever either. Sometimes there are things you’ll not completely enjoy that will guide you to where you need to go. The real task is evaluating a plan and doing things in pursuit of that plan – though, don’t be afraid to change it, none of us completely know what we want to do with our lives, and that’s fine.

    Life is meaningless if not used in pursuit of making others happy as well

Far too few people actually take time out of their day to do nice things for others. Though, it is incredibly important to do so. Even little things can make a huge difference. Several times at larger conventions I’ve left my hotel not to play games but pass out snacks to homeless people. I’ve also just talked to them. I’ve treated them like humans, which sadly is a rarity. Little things go a long way. As Gandhi put it, “be the change you want to see in the world.”

    Money only matters to a point

It’s not great having no money, but there are plenty of wealthy folks who are only rich monetarily. Money is one of the least important things we have. Time is our most valuable resource and should be treated as such. Lowering expenses to do more of what makes you happy without having financial stresses

    Everyone’s path is different.

No one is the same. In a world of billions of people, we’re all unique. Some paths might share similarities, but they won’t be the same. Don’t look at others with envy. You’re not on the same journey.

    Everyone you meet is dealing with some struggle

Everyone is dealing with problems. No one knows the dilemmas going through someone’s mind, the stresses, the pain, the anguish. Treat people accordingly.

    To-Do lists drastically increase productivity

My gosh. It seems simple and almost naïve. How could writing down the things you do every day help any? Who knows? But it really does. It helps a ton. To-do lists are massively helpful. Make them and use them to hold yourself accountable.

    Your biggest weakness may become your greatest strength

Sometimes it makes sense to hire or find assistance when your weakness is so great that it would take too long to get to the level of others. For example, I’ll never have the natural or learned talent of graphic design, so we work with professionals.

However, I failed 1stgrade for a reading disability and now pride myself on being a writer. I also read almost every day. Learning and working hard turned my greatest weakness into my biggest strength (with the help of some amazing people, including my beautiful mother who read to me every night growing up).

    Board games are awesome

This one is pretty obvious. Board games have the ability to bring people together for a shared experience. They’re really great. I’m really proud to be able to publish and design board games.

    Life has a weird tendency to work itself out (if you try hard enough)

It’s easy to think that things are going so wrong and that they’ll never get better. Though, that’s wrong. Things do get better. Life has this weird tendency to work itself out. Though only if you work hard enough to do everything in your power to achieve your dreams.

    More work does not equal more output

Over working yourself does no good. Find ways to do more in less time. Getting in the right mindset before work is wildly helpful.

    Intelligence is relative to subject matter

No one is good at everything. It’s really hard to look down upon people when you think about how much better than you, they are at something.

    Sometimes things don’t go as planned, often for the better

Having a life plan is nice. Though, when things go awry that’s ok. It happens and is usually for the best. Don’t worry about it.

    Failure leads to growth

Failure is good. Society has this strange idea that failure is a negative, but it is not. It’s the single best way to learn.

    Good things happen to good people and bad things do as well

Good things happen to good people. Everyone has heard that one before, but bad things happen to good people, as well. Life likes to throw challenges at people. There is nothing we can do to stop it. All we can do is be the best people we can be and hope for the best. Things will all fall into place in the end.

    Life is about handling obstacles

When life throws you those massive road blocks, those seemingly insurmountable obstacles – take them on. Life is all about handling those challenges. You’ll be stronger because of it.

    Persistence is key

Persistence is key. If you want something bad enough, you shouldn’t quit when the going gets tough. Push on. You can do anything you set your mind to.

    Stress doesn’t lead to anything good

Stressing out about things doesn’t make them any easier. It’s hard to eliminate stress entirely. Though, find ways to mitigate your stress.

    Exercise is good for your mental and physical health

One great way to mitigate stress is exercise. Exercise is excellent for mental and physical health.

    Don’t take life too seriously

It’s ok to relax. It’s ok to joke. Humor is good. Laughter is good. There are times when adulting is critical, but other times it’s better to laugh.

    Never get caught up in the pursuit of more

It’s easy to get caught up in things. It’s easy to not feel like you have enough: not enough money, not enough shoes, not enough watches. Though, the desire for more is futile. Be happy with what you have.

    Integrity matters

You’re only as good as your word. As mentioned earlier people matter and anything you do to make them feel otherwise will ultimately hurt you in the end, too. Be kind.

    Without marketing, even the best products will fail

Marketing or rather the lack-there-of is the number one reason people are unable to successfully launch their products. Good marketing is about being authentic.

    Never stop learning

Learning is not something that ever stops. Always be hungry for more knowledge. As Francis Bacon said, “knowledge is power.”

Main image: Photo by Miguel Á. Padriñán from Pexels

If you’d like to get me a birthday present, please subscribe to our newsletter and/or consider supporting our current/future products