1. Step 1: take tests from K-12 in a terrifying world dominated by mean children while doing arbitrary assignments.
*if you’re lucky enough to go to a functioning school.
2. Step 2: fork over tens of thousands of dollars for a name-brand college. Major in something lucrative or else risk never being able to pay back student loans.
3. Step 3: pay your dues by doing years of underpaid labor in an expensive city.
4. Step 4: spend most of your waking life working in an office (if you’re lucky).
6. Step 6: brag about all that at a wedding, family gathering, or reunion.
7. OR YOU CAN: Move to a cheap city where you can get by on a part-time job. Live peacefully. Smooch the ones you love.
Either way. Tell that to your parents when they ask you why you haven’t sold a start-up for $200,000,000 yet.