Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is worth over $108 billion.
Here are 9 life lessons we can ALL learn from the billionaire, even if you hate him.
1: "Consumerism, at its worst, is getting people to buy things that don't actually improve their lives."
Rich and successful people PRODUCE the things that consumers buy.
Rich people are producers, not consumers.
2: "Take inventory of what you're good at and extend out from your skills."
Follow your strengths, not your passion.
Your strengths have a better chance of paying the bills than your passions.
Don't force your passions to earn your living.
3: "Be stubborn on vision but flexible on details."
Your vision is your purpose. How you get there are the details.
If you don't have a purpose to save and invest, you probably won't.
Don't make that rookie mistake.
4: "Life’s too short to hang out with people who aren’t resourceful."
Surround yourself with creative, intelligent, and motivated people.
Ditch people who are a drain on your life.
5: "If you double the number of experiments you do per year you’re going to double your inventiveness."
Being smart takes practice.
Getting good at something takes practice
Success takes practice.
6: "Frugality drives innovation."
Being frugal spurs creativity, resourcefulness, and ingenuity. Spending more money is the opposite of all of those things.
7: "You can be two sizes: You can be big, or you can be small. It's very hard to be medium."
Most Americans are either good savers or bad savers. If you don't know which one you are, then I have bad news for you...
FI isn't for folks who are small or medium.
8: "I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying."
Not a single amazing achievement has ever been the result of sitting on your ass, fearing failure.
There is nothing to be respected in refusing to try.
9: "If you can't tolerate critics, don't do anything new or interesting."
Nothing will bring hate like doing amazing things. Achieving financial independence and early retirement WILL bring hate. Jealousy. Resentment.
Amazing things will push away low-value friends.