I don’t know you.
Reading through the answers to your question, it is clear people want to help. Their answers are mostly based on their own or someone close to them experiences. I have 57 years behind me, mostly working and playing on the sea.
The only person who can answer your question is you, because we are all different. Different values, different beliefs, different goals.
What follows, will I hope, fill in some gaps I see in the answers and at the end give you an option that, so far I haven’t seen suggested. So here goes.
Time is your most valuable possession! Try not to waste it.
The choices and commitments you make will erode time. Be vary careful what you commit to if it will take a large piece of your life. You never get time back once it is gone.
The choices available to you will be dictated by the amount of money
, knowledge and skill you have control of. Learn how to control money
, knowledge and skill. Never stop learning
and perfecting control of these, as they will help you leverage your time through others, maximizing your choices.
We all want to be happy most of the time. The easiest way to be happy is helping others. Be generous with your money, knowledge and skills. Do the math first, only give what you can without diminishing your ability to grow, helping more and more people as you go through life.
Learn how to create more than you consume. Create new ideas, problem solve. The best place I know of to do this is alone on watch, on the ocean. This is where big ideas are born. Make those ideas a reality through the people you have around you. People with the skills you don’t have.
Be adventurous. An adventure is a journey with an uncertain outcome. You already have this desire with your goal to sail around the world. When we set off on our adventures, the outcomes are often different to the plan and that is OK. That is life.
Be courageous. Without courage to do the things most people are not prepared to do, we never know what we are capable of. Avoid staying in your comfort zone for too long. Remember what I said about time.
Be committed. Commitment will help you focus. Focus will give you an outcome without wasting time.
Practice comradeship/friendship. This is a valuable skill. We are social animals
. Being alone, while sometimes beneficial, should not equate to feeling alone.
Be vary aware of your thoughts. Don’t underestimate the power your mind has over who you are. Learn how to control your thoughts. What you think and believe is who you are. Thoughts and beliefs manifest themselves in visible actions or words. People will judge you by your actions, what you have done, said and written.
Communicate often with people you admire, they may choose to mentor you. Ask good questions often and listen hard to the answers without judgment. If you are lucky enough to have a mentor, show them they are valued through your actions.
There are multiple ways of learning
and the options are growing. Now and in the future you do not/will not have to commit to one place for several years of your life to gain the knowledge you need to get what you want. We live in the information age. The knowledge is out there and mostly available through the internet
. Even colleges/universities are going online.
Learn how to Learn in different ways. You may still need to pay someone for that knowledge, only pay for what you need to know now. Use that knowledge as soon as you have it. Using knowledge is part of learning. Some knowledge has an expiry date.
Academic institutions tend to use measuring systems that imply success and failure. There is a thing called failure, but even death may not be a fail if you have had enough time to leave your legacy. Failing, or not succeeding is OK if you learn from the things that didn’t work
for you. Getting something wrong is one of the fastest ways of learning I know of. Always have a fall-back position, a platform to try again using your new-found knowledge.
Your values and gut feelings will guide you. If you must deviate from your values, get back on track as soon as possible. The longer you stray from your values the harder it is to get back on track.
Trading your time for money in a job, is not an efficient use of your time, unless it is the quickest way to develop a skill you need.
Your primary goal should be to get the knowledge and develop the skills to generate multiple portable income
streams. Create systems around these income
streams that you can teach to others. Get together a small team and teach them each a part of your system (google “Upwork”). Reward them for helping you. Reward yourself for creating something that is helping solve problems for others, go sailing.
. You cannot go through life without having to sell something. It may be an idea you need others to buy into, it may be skills you have that you want fair reward for, or maybe just something you have added value to and want to make a profit on. Marketing
is an extremely valuable skill.
If you have done these things right, you will have time to go sailing and there should be more money/choices available to you when you finish your latest sailing adventure than there was when you left. Start the process again creating the idea you got when out sailing.
People will see you as lucky. You will have worked smarter than most creating the choices you have.
If you do these things you will become an ethical entrepreneur, and you can have your cake and eat it too, right throughout your life.
This is what I would say to a sixteen-year-old version of myself, knowing what I know now.
Once you are in the job trap, the money can become addictive and finding an escape can be difficult if you have not made the money you earn work
for you, the job will steal your time and the amount or type of sailing you get to do will be restricted.
Remember courage, commitment and choose your friends wisely. If your friends are not helping you become the best you can be then they may be holding you back.
All the best. Hope to meet you out there one day.