“Since ” and a number. The lower the number, the better. A lot of companies, especially old ones, use to mention for how long they have been around. For how long they have been doing the same activities.

But now, more than ever, everyone is talking about the new. New start-ups are changing the world. Google, Facebook and the internet are forever changing the world as we know it even if they are a few years old.

Access to technology and resources allows start-ups to provide the same innovation and quality services as any other hundred years old company. Even more than that, in most cases, they even do better because being so new allows them to be more flexible. They are more open to the new and closer to their customers’ needs.

A good example is the oldest country in the world. Even if not many would have thought about it, San Marino is the oldest country in the world. Even if so, in the world’s context this does not mean much. Clearly it is not the richest. Nor is it the biggest, in fact it’s one of the smallest. It is not a leading country in innovation. And, even if it’s the oldest, it’s clearly not the most well known country.

A story is about significant events and memorable moments, not about how much time has passed.

Being an amateur

Being an amateur nowadays means that someone is doing a poor job or that he lacks the necessary skills to do it. Thus an amateur has become the opposite of a professional.

The word amateur used to mean “lover of”. Someone who had a passion, a desire to do a certain activity just for the pleasure it produced. What it didn’t have though was the negative connotations it has now. Even then it was used for someone who didn’t have advanced knowledge or skills in what they were doing but without the economical pressure of the modern society it really didn’t matter.

What this offered was the freedom for people to experiment more with what they liked. It allowed people to talk about their passions and their work without any fears. You didn’t have to be a professional in order to show off your work.

Without the social pressure it’s easier to find your passions. It’s easier to find out what your talents are. It’s easier to end up doing what you like and be a real professional.

Every expert was first an amateur.

Change habits

Once I was away from home and urgently needed to get some work done, so I borrowed a laptop from a friend for a few hours, since I didn’t have mine with me. His was a different model than mine, but still very similar.

For the first 20 minutes or so everything felt completely unusual. I kept omitting letters or pressing the wrong buttons, and needed to watch the keyboard to make sure I was pressing the right ones. But if you looked at the two keyboards they were not that different.

We are capable of making such fine tunes to our actions and habits that even the smallest change can get us off track for a while. But at the same time, we are capable to adjust to the new in only a few minutes.

As fast as we develop our habits, we can also change habits. We only need the will or the necessity to do it.

Everything’s big

When you work on your goal, dream, company, project, everything’s big.

This is all about attitude. People treat things, challenges, opportunities differently based on how important they believe they are for their goals. If you want to make a billion dollars, lose 10 kilos or build a career, most probably you will set some milestones. Those are going to be your big things and go down from there in importance.

The reality is that everything’s important, everything’s big. If your goal is to build your career, there is no day more important than the other. The interview day is as important as your first day and as any other day. You don’t have to give your best on the interview, the first day or the probation period. You have to do that all the time.

Every day is important. Every day is an opportunity to grow, to get better and create something meaningful. Take advantage of every single moment you have to give your best. That’s the only way to improve and reach mastery.

Instant success

If you are looking for instant success, you can just forget about it. There is no such thing as instant success.

No million over night, maybe only if you win the lottery. No fast line to being the manager of a big multinational without doing the work and putting in the years. No successful company or project just by having an idea and sending it to the market.

The fast line only works after you have put in the hours and the effort, invested a lot, tried a lot of options and have failed a few times.

Some people might try to make it look simple and easy, but it never is. Most time they talk about the success story and leave all the hard, painful part aside. This might make it more attractive but it’s hardly a real presentation of how things really work.

Be ready for a lot of hard work and failure before achieving true success or you will probably end up disappointed.